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getting back my mojo

Monday, June 16, 2014

On the one hand I can say, that I've stagnated the last 2 months and have been struggling. I haven't gone beyond the 15 pounds I lost as of April and in fact have been gaining and losing the same 2 pounds.

Or on the other hand, I can say my body is getting used to being at this new weight. And that I am beginning to think like a thin person...by noticing when I gain a pound or two and immediately getting rid of it before it spirals even more out of control.

Life has been a bit harder these past 2 months (work stress/relationship ending) and found myself using food to cope. It's hard to undo old coping behaviors. But I'm happy that I've been mitigating it a little.

How do I get my losing mojo back? I guess I need to remind myself as to why I'm on this journey to begin with. Is it time to dust off my Beck cards and start reading them daily again? Probably a good place to start, along with adding a few more glasses of water. An old colleague who used to sit in the cubicle next to mine years ago...would always tell me....you're thirsty not hungry, drink more water. She was usually right.

Reading the cards and hydration will be my focus today.

  
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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 7:28PM

    How are you doing? I have been on vacation so haven't been getting to blogs regularly. I lose in "spurts" -- it just works for me. I lose 10 pounds, feel pretty good about myself, and hang there for a month or two. Then I get used to seeing myself that way, decide to lose more, and lose the next 10. I don't think about it as being STALLED, I think about it as practice in maintaining!

Hope you are doing well, girl!

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LHEFFERN 6/16/2014 8:10AM

    Here's to your Mojo getting resparked.
Good for you for maintaining the loss. Hard to do.

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Even more important to keep things going!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My plan is working and it is critical that I keep doing what I am doing. No giving up. No complaining that the weight isn't come off fast enough. My weight loss has slowed a tiny bit, but I'm still losing...down 15 pounds in 17 weeks since I started with this particular plan. And the best part is that I am finally feeling it...I feel lighter AND I am down a size. It feels good to get out of the unthinkable size 18s and get into the size 16s. I can't wait to be get down to the 12/14s when I can shop for pants/skirts/dresses in stores again (and not online only).

The critical part is to make sure that I keep it going despite an upcoming work assignment change. In the past, it is during these changes that I end up working like a maniac and giving up on myself. This time will be different. I will keep myself as the priority and work will just have to take a back seat to my eating healthy and exercising efforts.

Reminders:
--keep planning my meals/snacks
--keep doing yoga 2x/week; long distance biking 1x per week; strength training and cardio2x/week; cardio only 1x/week
--keep tracking all my eating in the spark people tracker (with the except of 3-4 meals out per week)
--for meals out, keep it to one drink and no dessert and enjoying every bit of the rest!
--keep practising BDS principals cuz they work!
--keep putting my needs first (can't take care of anyone else until I take care of myself first)

One other thing I've noticed...I weigh in on Thursday mornings and I've found that I am more lax on my healthy eating Thurs-Sun, and then go hardcare plan Mon-Wed. I think that's a dangerous pattern and will be working on being more consistent throughout the work.

  
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TRAVELGRRL 4/13/2014 10:29AM

    I found that when I stopped focusing on the ups and downs of the scale (daily) I did better. I only lose about 5 pounds a month when I am being religiously good, so it just doesn't pay for me to focus too much on the scale. Just do the best you can, every moment of every day, and the scale WILL reflect your effort eventually!

Keep up the good work, you are doing GREAT!

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HAPPYWALKER 4/11/2014 3:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Woohoo! 15 lbs. and a size down is fantastic!!! You must be feeling great!

From the sound of your attitude, I know you'll do well even with the changes at work. You are learning new skills to take care of yourself and that will make a difference this time.

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KRISKECK 4/10/2014 4:50PM

    Wow, you are making great progress! Better to take it off a little more slowly with sustainable practices than quickly with excessive restrictions and exercise. Very cool. I weigh on Saturday morning, pretty much to prevent what you suggest *may* be happening!

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Keep it going....

Thursday, February 20, 2014

...weigh in this morning and I am on track! I started again 9 weeks ago and have lost 9 pounds since, averaging 1 pound a week which is my goal.

focus today will be to keep it going....keep doing what I'm doing....and the weight will come off in the process.

Reminders:
--keep planning my meals/snacks
--keep doing yoga 3x/week; strength training and cardio2x/week; cardio only 1x/week
--keep tracking all my eating in the spark people tracker (with the except of 3-4 meals out per week)
--for meals out, keep it to one drink and no dessert and enjoying every bit of the rest!
--keep practising BDS principals cuz they work!
--keep putting my needs first (can't take care of anyone else until I take care of myself first)

PS followup from yesterday's hungry day....I ended up executing the vast majority of the plan (focused on my project, went to my yoga class, had my simpler to prepare dinner)...had an extra 500 calories but tracked 'em all and a good reminder not give in to hunger in the future...as Beck says, hunger is not an emergency...most people don't eat when they are hungry, they remind themselves that they will be eating in x hours/minutes and wait til the next meal time).

  
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TRAVELGRRL 2/22/2014 6:43PM

    I'm late to the party -- but 1 pound a week is wonderful. When I'm totally on track? 5 pounds a month!!!

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HAPPYWALKER 2/22/2014 9:43AM

    emoticon 9 lbs. is fantastic!! You're doing great with following your plan.

Kudos for tracking the extra-hungry day. Think of it as calorie cycling and that was your higher calorie day. You can have a couple lower calorie days and it'll all average out (plus I've read it raises metabolism to have "calorie confusion" emoticon )

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ALYSSAR2012 2/20/2014 12:34PM

    Awesome consistent weight loss! What are BDS principles?

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KRISKECK 2/20/2014 12:03PM

    That's great! Keep rocking it! I am in the same place you are in many ways, although clearly you have been more consistent than I. But I keep reminding myself that it may not be easy, but it is simple. And weirdly, that helps!

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Hungry day

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I'm having one of those days where I can't seem to get full. Did a search on sparkpeople and there was a good message board post on the topic. Someone there highlighted a connection I had made in the past but hadn't related it to today...

...when I don't sleep enough, the next day...I'm more irritatable, feel like the universe (and everyone in it) is against me and crave lots of food (usually unhealthy ones).

Last night, I had company over late and though it was fun, in hindsight, I didn't get my min 7 hours of sleep. That explains my hungry day today!!

So far, I am still on track for a healthy eating day. Tomorrow is my weigh in day, so I don't want to screw that up with a potential binge tonight. So, what's the plan for the rest of the day?

--get thru the workday with no more food. I think I will put some music on for distraction and plow thru the project I am working on.
--be sure to leave work in time to make my yoga class tonight
--changed my planned dinner to be something that requires very little prep, is delicious and still within my calorie range. If I have to cook tonight (as I had planned), I'm likely to stop in somewhere to get unhealthy takeout. Mitigating the chances of that by not cooking and eating something much easier and faster to prep tonight.
--and finally get thee to sleep at a reasonable hour tonight...so that I'll be well rested for tomorrow....another day.

Writing this out makes me feel in control and that I can easily do this. Now off to execute the plan!!!!

  
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HAPPYWALKER 2/22/2014 9:45AM

    Ironic that I had the same problem on the very same day (only for different reasons - mine was emotional eating "hunger").

I'm learning that every day can't be perfect and the success comes from dealing with a difficult day and bouncing back quickly. Using the Beck principles helps with that.

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KRISKECK 2/19/2014 5:15PM

    What a great plan! You rock! And I'm sure you can do it!

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03191952 2/19/2014 4:47PM

  yep, tell me about it

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Vigilance is Required

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Amazing how quickly I can fall into old habits. I've been doing so well balancing life with my dieting needs. If I have dinner or lunch out plans, I make sure I eat my own trackable cooking for the rest of the days meals. If the calories aren't worth it, I've been passing (and reminding myself how much time it would likely take on the elliptical to burn off the calories...sometimes, the unplanned food is worth it....most times its not and I talk myself out of it quickly. The plan is working...as I feel and look better, I have more energy, I feel happier and have lost 8 pounds (on avg a pound a week since I started...so meeting my goals).

But sometimes, I slip into old habits. As an example, yesterday, I had a club meeting after work. It is held at a bar and they have an all you can eat buffet for $20 before the meeting starts. I've had that buffet before...food is good but not great. So instead of having dinner at the meeting, I planned in advance...brought to work my meals from home. Had a delicious butternut squash chili with brown rice for an early mini meal dinner at work before I left for the meeting. Had my planned one beer at the meeting and then went home to have my planned 2nd mini-meal dinner.

But, as I was walking home, I was craving food. I made the mistake of stopping at the store for a few not critical groceries. In the process, I picked up a few things that were not necessarily in my interest. And yes, you guessed it, I ate more than my planned minimeal once I got home.

However, I will give myself credit for tracking it all. In the end, I was 500 calories over my daily limit (way over on my sodium, though). And frankly, even my binges now are not nearly as bad as they used to be. And I'm keeping myself accountable even through the binges.

So, in the end, a good reminders...
--I'm human and some days will be more challenging than others.
--Key is to get right back on the wagon which I will do today (delcious breakfast/lunch/snack already planned and with me at work).
--This is a process...if I stick to the plan, most of the time, I will progress to my goals.

So, I'm committing to STICKING TO THE PLAN!!

  
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HAPPYWALKER 2/13/2014 10:42AM

    emoticon Kudos to you for awareness and tracking. I always say that it's never a straight line to your goals. We're perfectly imperfect and there will always be times when we stray off the path. The true measure of success is persistence and getting back on the path with no self-criticism. Ever onward, no looking back, and you WILL keep climbing and reach the top!!

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KRISKECK 2/12/2014 8:32PM

    So agree, had one of those weeks last week! So I think your approach is a good one. We are all going to slip sometimes and self-correction is the answer. Keep on sparking!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/12/2014 8:04PM

    Hey, I think it's a huge win! You planned, you tracked, you analyzed and blogged about the misstep, and now you are ready to get right back on plan.

Way to go!

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