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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This morning, I woke up feeling groggy and grumpy. I did not want to get out of bed. It was my own fault since I stayed up too late, but I got up and ate breakfast (multigrain cheerios and fresh pineapple) and did a few things around the house. After a couple hours of laundry, washing dishes and tidying up, I decided to brew some coffee and have some computer time. I am a stay at home mom, so occasionally my little girl will let me have a break while she plays with her dolls or colors. :) Plus her dad is home today, and he's great at helping out. Anyway, to the point of this blog.

So, I sat down and logged onto SP. I read a few of my friends' blog posts and entered in my food and read some articles. Upon reading the blogs, this feeling of awe and gratitude came over me, and I just had to write about it.

Just let me say THANK YOU! Thank you to all of you who send me goodies, write about your triumphs and tribulations, and to the ones who comment on my page, whether it's just to say hi or comment on a photo. You all are one of the big reasons I have succeeded in losing this much weight. Without you, I'd be mostly alone in this. I don't have many people in my "real" life who are trying to be healthier and exercise regularly. As you all know, that makes it more difficult.

Your comments get me through rough days and keep me going. I need them. I think we all need each other here, and this is why sparkpeople works, because we have the support we need to do something that is very hard, which is not just losing weight, but changing the way we live. No longer do I feel alone in this journey. All of you understand. You know what it feels like to work so hard, feel like you've done everything right, and then not lose any weight that week, or worse, gain weight. You know that encouragement helps other people, and that is why you take the time to post comments and send goodies.

So, this blog is for all of you. I see how hard you're all working, and I know a lot of us have different circumstances to overcome, yet we're still making that effort to eat better and exercise and stay positive. Some of you have maybe gained a few pounds back or are frustrated about a plateau, yet you still don't give up! I'm so inspired by that. So, my hat's off to you all!

Let's make this the best year ever! Think of where we'll all be next year at this time.

For the longest time I've wanted to go kayaking, and I need to lose more weight so I can easily fit in one and so I can keep up. I am hoping this will be the year I can do that. I want to take my kids to the theme park and be able to ride all the rides with them. Life was meant to be lived, and we often can't live it fully if we are not at our best physically.

So, thanks again for being there for me. I appreciate you all more than you know.

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WOLFKITTY 1/23/2011 2:08AM

    I'm IN!


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DARKTHOR 1/14/2011 9:48AM

    Wonderful blog. I love the circle of positive reinforcement that SP provides. The journey towards good health can be a bumpy one and the words and thoughts of my friends on SP helps smooth out the way ahead. I'm with you on having a great 2011. Full speed ahead!

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GIVINGINOW 1/13/2011 6:33AM

    What a great blog :) There is no doubt in my mind that you will be able to get into a kyak by summer... or before!

You are so right, all of the encouragement and support on here is such a blessing... it has really kept me going so far :)

And I love this - "Life was meant to be lived, and we often can't live it fully if we are not at our best physically. "

That is SO true... whether we are 15 pounds overweight or 100 pounds overweight... if we are not at our own "best" we CANNOT live life to the fullest! Even if we are not overweight, but just unhealthy and non active!

I can't wait to see the progress you make in the next few months!!


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KITTY_M 1/12/2011 1:01PM

  Here here! Here's to making 2011 our BEST year!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 1/12/2011 11:46AM

    I couldn't agree with you more. My SP friends lift my spirits when I'm down and constantly motivate and inspire me to do better.

2011 IS our year! You WILL go kyacking! And I WILL reach my goal of being "obese" (BMI 34.9, weight 240) by "Independence Day" - I'm calling it my "Independence from Morbid Obesity Day". Bring it on!

I just wanted to add - I wouldn't be here after 4 months without all of my emoticon. We ARE doing this together. emoticon

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The New Year

Thursday, January 06, 2011

So, I've started off the new year well and for that I am glad. I've been exercising a lot, made sure to track (which I slacked on a lot over the holidays) and making sure I eat more fruits and veggies. These things are what have helped me all along on this journey.

Lately I've been frustrated because since late November I've gained and lost the same 3 or 4 lbs. It was my fault for slacking on tracking with how busy everything was. Another thing was all the parties and stuff, and not eating as well as I had been. I weighed 263 on Monday, and today I weighed 264. There is NO way I have gained weight this week. I have come in under my calories everyday for the last week and tracked every bite I ate. I have worked out a ton. So, what gives??? Is it water weight, or muscle or something? It's really bugging me because I've been doing so well lately, and then to see that just put me in a rotten mood. But, I will not let it keep me down. I'll keep going and working at it and I've got to lose more weight. I just can't figure out why it's been so hard lately.

I went to the oral surgeon this morning for a consultation to get my wisdom teeth out. This is something I should have had done years ago, but for a long time I never went to the dentist because of no insurance, and for many other reasons. This past year I have decided to take better care of myself on all fronts, so I am getting this done so I don't keep getting infections. Otherwise, my teeth are perfect, especially considering the fact that I never went to a dentist growing up (well, twice).

I went to have my vit D rechecked last month, and it was still low, so I am continuing with the supplements and taking a daily one, too. I don't understand why it's still not normal! It's very frustrating, to say the least. At that visit my blood pressure was high (140/90). It's always gone up and done, and a lot of it is nerves. So, the Dr. suggested I get an at home monitor, which I did. I've been taking it most days, and it's always normal! It's usually 120/70, and sometimes even 116/65. I am going to the Dr. this afternoon because I feel like I am getting a bladder infection. I hope that my blood pressure will be ok. I'll bring the recorded readings so the Dr. can see I've been keeping an eye on it. My OBGYN (that is another appointment I'd been putting off and went right after xmas! :) thinks I could have whitecoat syndrome, which makes sense because the moment I step into a Doctor's office of any sort, I get very nervous and my heart races.

For the first time in my life I feel like I will end the year much healthier than I've ever been in my life. My health has already improved so much, and I can't wait to get off some more of this weight. I don't know what it is, but lately I feel like my stomach has gotten bigger! I know it hasn't, or my pants would be tighter, and they are all looser, but it's weird. I feel like I've lost weight all over, but my stomach is still huge. I have defined calf muscles and hard muscle in my thighs. My shoulders are actually looking more defined and toned and I can tell in pictures my face isn't as fat. I just HATE my stomach and back fat. I wish it would shrink faster. It's almost like it hangs lower (I know that's gross) than it did before. I wish I could transfer some of it to other parts of my body because my legs are so much thinner and I feel out of proportion or something.

Well, I've blabbered on enough! I just wanted to update everyone on how things are going with me. It's been a stressful few weeks (stuff with my son..we found out he has ADHD, so we're trying to find ways to help him at home and school), but I know I'll be ok. My plan is to take this one day at a time, because all we really have is now, so that is what I'll focus on.

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KELLYC_14FAN 1/6/2011 6:44PM

    I feel the same way about my stomach/back fat!! I feel like the rest of my body is getting smaller, but my upper stomach is still big and I still have my back fat rolls!!!

Congrats on all the steps you are taking!! I have to take page out of your book, especially with the OBGYN!!!

If you are really working out a lot it could be water gain or muscle...I notice that when I really start working out hard again the first week I tend to not lose weight. It will regulate itself!!

Good luck!!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 1/6/2011 4:25PM

    You are definitely on the right path. Try to weigh only once a week - otherwise it's just too much drama in your head! And who needs the stress? You know what you're doing is right for you and has worked before. So keep on keepin' on!

As for the stomach/back fat - I totally get what you mean. I feel the same. The stomach is my big problem area - but its shrinking too! WOO HOO!

We'll get there - we're all in this together and we will cheer each other on until the last one crosses the finish line!


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COROZALOVE 1/6/2011 2:36PM

  Just keep going,you are doing fine,and I am on your side babygirl.go for the big prize. emoticon

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The 260s

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I feel as though I've been stuck here forever and it's very frustrating. For about the last month my weight has fluctuated up and down in this 4 to 5 pound range and it's really bugging me. After losing consistently for all those months, this has been ticking me off not to see the scale go down each week.

Part of it is that my eating hasn't been as stellar as it was. There have been so many birthdays and other parties lately and sometimes I have a hard time tracking what I've eaten since I didn't make it and don't know exactly what's in it. I've also been sick a lot this fall, or my kids have, so I feel run down. I am still exercising every week, and even had some great weeks, but the last couple haven't been as much.

At the Dr the other day (well, they actually called me the next day after taking my blood) I found out that my Vit D is STILL low, so I have to continue with the weekly supplements and take a daily one. I was disappointed to hear this. I feel like I've been working hard to do the right things and my body just will not do what I want it to do. My blood pressure was up at that visit too, so he suggested I get an at home monitor, which I did, and each time I've taken it, it's been normal. So, not sure what the deal is there. He said it could be nerves, and I think it is because I am always so anxious when I go to the Dr.

Things could be worse. It could have been like every other year at this time where I end up gaining a bunch of weight and not even attempting to eat healthy. I have been eating well overall, it's just cake and cookies here and there and eating out that is messing up my mojo. It's been so hectic I haven't planned my meals as well, and I need to make sure to do that because it's worked for me before since I haven't already eaten things and realized they were too many calories.

Tomorrow is weigh in and I am pretty sure I'll have a gain. Having my period right now is not helping, because my weight always goes up and down the week of my period.

All I know is I am not going to give up. I am going to keep on trucking and make sure I get some good workouts in and not skip meals which causes me to pig out later on. I really want to end this year in the 250s.

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BECKYB73 12/21/2010 11:37AM

    All is not lost. You just need a good "blast" week to get through the hump. I know you can do it.

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STFY31 12/21/2010 2:06AM

    Don't give up, you can do it!!
I understand though. I have been gaining and losing the same 5 lbs since I started SP. It's gonna happen though I can feel it! :)

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Monday, December 06, 2010

For the last few weeks my weight has fluctuated up and down. Right after Halloween I lost 3 lbs in a week, and then since it's been up and down within that 3 lb range. It's very frustrating. I had one of my best exercise weeks ever a couple weeks ago, and I managed to gain a pound. I definitely ate more than I should over Thanksgiving, but wasn't totally crazy.

I've been sick several times since October, which is making things hard. I had a cold and a stomach bug, infected tooth and now another cold. This morning I was thinking about things and realized that even through all of these things, I have done well. The "old" me would have given up when something hard came along and gone right back to eating like crap and not working out. I have made a conscious choice to be careful of what I eat, and no, it's not always perfect, but it's light years from where it was.

The last few weeks have been hard because of several birthdays, parties, Thanksgiving and a baby shower. There is always cake and tons of fattening stuff. Yes, I had some treats, but not half a cake. I am doing so much better, and even though it's frustrating the last few weeks not seeing the scale move down as quickly, I am still going and not giving up.

Yesterday I went to a baby shower and I tracked when I got home and I did well. I had small amounts of things and stayed away from the fried chicken and didn't have any cake. I had plenty of mini cupcakes the day before for my daughter's birthday. I lost a lb this week despite being sick and not working out as much, so that made me happy.

This time of year is definitely hard, but I am realizing I can make it through it without gaining. I need to remember to track my food and start off the day with a good breakfast. I find that when I do that, the rest of the day goes better.

So, here is my plan to get through the next few weeks.

- Make a grocery list and stick to it. I am fine as long as junk isn't in the house, so I need to talk to my husband about buying too much of it when he goes.
- Don't forget to eat a good breakfast.
- Rest when I feel I need to so I am not stressed out.
- Don't forget my vitamins since I've been a germ magnet lately and need all the help I can get.
- Track! Tracking is the only way to know I am within my calorie range, otherwise it's easy to lie to yourself about how much you've eaten.
- Keep working out.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Keep a positive attitude.

Here's to us all having a healthier holiday season.

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MOMTO6PLUS2 12/6/2010 1:28PM

    Good plan, chickie! And that's awesome that you're keeping your focus!

I hope you feel all better soon, though!!

I know this time of year is difficult-- tracking is definitely key! There are some things that are a hassle to track, though--like a taste of something--or when I went to the Advent brunch at church (God only knows the calories there-- haha). So, I've been staying right at 1200 cal-- on the days that I can track everything. And-- like when I made birthday dinners this past week and had to taste to make sure it was seasoned well-- I'd stop at 1000, or 1100 calories instead.

What do you usually have for breakfast? Lately for me it's a Thomas' 100 cal english muffin, and 3 egg whites, cooked (of course:) and topped with a slice of ff cheese-- and either salsa, or maybe a few dashes of hot sauce if I'm feeling spicy ;) Lots of protein to hold me till lunch. Today I had a yoplait greek yogurt with 15g of honey bunches of oats on it. Ran out of a lot of stuff---Gotta grocery shop later!

And yes-- here's to us having a healthier holiday season and keeping our goals in front of us!


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FLFITBEE 12/6/2010 12:03PM

    You are so smart to write out a plan. It'll totally help! Hope you feel better soon.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

OK, so I gained a pound over Thanksgiving.... 1.2 lbs to be exact. I am disappointed, but I know I can lose it! I don't know what's up with me the last couple weeks. My weight is up and down everyday! I worked out a LOT the last 2 weeks and until Thanksgiving my eating was where it should be.

I am not going to lie, I did eat more calories than I should have on Thanksgiving and over the weekend, but it wasn't horrible. I added them up for turkey day, and it was like 2600, so that is not horrible. I worked out that day and I think I pulled my calf muscles, because I've been limping around since. Maybe if I had worked out the last couple days I would have lost by this morning, or at least stayed the same. We were really busy the last few days and with my calves hurting I didn't want to work out. My knees have been sore too, and I guess those step ups caused it.

Saturday I was on my feet all day long in the kitchen cooking. We did a dinner here that day and invited friends and family. Yesterday I spent most of the day cleaning and doing laundry, so I haven't been sitting around. I feel pooped, but I am going to attempt to work out today even though my legs still hurt and my knees are a little sore.

My daughter's birthday is tomorrow, so there will be another cake in the house. I did well when I made one for my husband, so I am going to try to be good. This time of year is so hard!

Not to make excuses, but I wonder if I am at the point where my metabolism is adjusting. The week before I was eating really well and working out a lot, and my weight was up and down each day. I don't know what's up. I am just going to keep going, drink my water, work out and make sure to track what I eat, and hopefully next week I'll see a loss. A few weeks ago I had a 3 lb loss in one week, so it's like my body is deciding to screw with me now. haha

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KELLYC_14FAN 11/29/2010 11:19AM

    I have had weeks like that as well. I just keep doing what I am supposed to be doing and it regulates itself. For about two months I gained a lost the same two pounds and then finally last month I started losing again!

I think you did very well for Thanksgiving, it is sooooooo easy to go really over the top on holidays.

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THOMS1 11/29/2010 10:53AM

    Moonbird I think you did just fine. I exercised everyday this week and I gained 4.4 lbs go figure. I like your attitude you're not letting it bother you cause you know you will lose it. I feel the same way. Have a great day. emoticon

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WYCKEDSTEPMOM 11/29/2010 10:27AM

    You can always try cupcakes for the birthday ... I do that here, and whatever we don't eat, I freeze. Chomping on a frozen cupcake sounds like fun - til the first time you try it! lol

I think it's the "out of sight, out of mind mentality". Cake on the counter will be eaten. It's the Law.

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WYCKEDSTEPMOM 11/29/2010 10:13AM

    You can always try cupcakes for the birthday ... I do that here, and whatever we don't eat, I freeze. Chomping on a frozen cupcake sounds like fun - til the first time you try it! lol

I think it's the "out of sight, out of mind mentality". Cake on the counter will be eaten. It's the Law.

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FLFITBEE 11/29/2010 9:58AM

    You were brave to track your turkey day calories! I just chalked it up as a no-tracking day because I didn't have the courage to face the number. A lot of holiday foods are high in sodium, so you could be retaining water. Increase the amount you drink and you will reach equilibrium soon. I am inspired by your commitment!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 11/29/2010 9:45AM

    You did really, really well. Make sure that you adjust your calories to compensate for the increased activity. I know I'm sensitive to increased activity. I start to move and BAM - my body starts hording calories like it will never see food again! (I've trained it so well with all those yrs of yo-yo dieting!) So I adjust my calories whenever prompted by the SP Fitness Tracker and I also tell myself that it takes a couple of weeks for my healthy habits to show up on the scale.

Keep on keepin' on! You're DOING this thing! Gaudy Baubles kick booty! LOL
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VBPARROTHEAD 11/29/2010 9:39AM

  You did very well for Thanksgiving! Most people eat about 4,000 calories on Tday! I empathize about the cake too! We had birthdays over Thanksgiving weekend, my grandson's is tomorrow and his party is Sat. but we have to have something for the actual day. Oh, my b'day was the11th. It doesn't help that one of my favorite foods is birthday cake! Anyway, back to you.
Could your weight gain be partly from sodium intake or "TTOM" water weight? Or muscle? Muscle takes up less space but weighs more. Measure to see if you have lost any thing, a quarter of an inch or more? You might be surprised. If you haven't lost any when you measure I bet it is fluid retention!

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