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Week 6 Update

Monday, February 22, 2010

This was a tough week for me. Tough because nothing I did seemed to work. I got in the position that I am in because I am a stress eater. I turned to food for comfort. Especially desserts and cakes, etc. Now my problem is I am not eating enough. For the past 6 weeks unless I went completely off the "healthy" side of the dining menu, I kept my daily calorie count under 1000 calories. Most of the time I would hover around 600 or 700. That's obviously too low. I lost close to 15 lbs the first three weeks and then my weight got stuck. I knew I was eating too little, but my mind was saying - you are not starving - you are providing it some nutrients - it will catch on and you will lose weight - keep staying there. Well, I said last week I was going to eat more. It didn't happen so much. Now I am consciously looking for additional foods to eat (those that are low carb, low fat, and low calorie) to keep me at least at 1000 calories. I went as far as to eat a chocolate covered donut (not a great choice for the calories/fat/carb quota), but even after eating that I was still under all my calorie, carb, & protein quota.

Water is not an issue for me now. I drink it in mass quantities. I fix a cup of coffee in the mornings, or buy one, and never finish it. The only time I drink diet soda's anymore is if I'm trying to pull an all nighter. My body should be quite detoxed.

Success Tip

For so long I refused to eat it. I would look at the amount of sugars it held and I would think NO WAY! That's too much! Then I joined SparkPeople and I realized even on a low calorie diet, yogurt is good for you. A person can truly never live on a no carb diet. Maybe a zero net cab - even then that's next to impossible because most fruits and veggies have carbs.

So I researched and I discovered that not all yogurts are created equal. There are two I have stocked in my fridge at the moment. Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy and the Fiber One yogurts. Both range from 50 - 110 calories a serving, but make - in my unprofessional weight loss opinion - amazing breakfast and snacks.

Here are my favorites that I would highly recommend you try if you are new to the world of yogurt and want something that is going to taste half way decent!

* All of the Fiber One Healthy Girl approved yogurt flavors (vanilla, strawberry, peach)
* Yoplait flavors: Apple Turnover, Blueberry Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Cinnamon Roll, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Raspberry Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake (I've been on a mission to find one of these and finally a co-worker found them in her grocery store!) - just to name a few.

As you can see I use yogurt as a way to have the foods I love, but can't have at the moment. Completely satisfies my urge for something sweet.

Scale Showdown
Last week was awful - the scale said I gained 10 lbs. Almost the entire week it said that. I even went out and bought a new scale. Not exactly that one, but same price, etc, just a different color. Got on that scale and it said I weighed even more. I really sank into a depression - it was tough to look at myself. I have scheduled a doctor's appointment for this Wednesday to have my Thyroid checked and get the all clear from my doctor that my weight loss is on the right track.

Then I stopped weighing around Thursday and Friday. Sunday is my offical weigh in day and it said I had dropped the10 lbs I had gained from last week, and even gone down 1 more lb.

My body measurements have changed a bit as well this week.
I've lost 1/2" in my waist, 1 1/2" in my hips (I can tell in my clothes too!), 1/2" in my thighs. Everything else is the same - although I'd swear my chest has gotten smaller. Oh well.

Fitness Minute
This week I didn't go to the gym as frequently as I wanted. I went for 2 days back to back and spent close to 2 hours there each time, burning over 1000 calories (according to my heart rate monitor watch pictured). I did my wii active for 2 days in the morning before going to work. I worked out a total of 4 out of 7 days, which I believe made the difference in my measurement victory mentioned above.

At the gym my routine is to immediately go to the elliptical and work on that for 60 minutes. I use the weight loss profile and I increase the resistance to 2. Turning on my music to my "Workin' Out" mix, I am usually set. After the intense cardio, I go to circuit training, doing 3 or 4 reps of 15 on machines that either focus on my stomach and legs or stomach then arms. I try to get my stomach in daily since I am having to deal with the fact that I had two children, one from c-section, and a lot of excess skin. Bleh!

So this week was productive, but disappointing. Next week I am going to literally force myself to eat at least 1000 calories each day. Lets see how this goes. It's odd that it's hard for me now. I should probably change the title of my blog from natneagle to Confessions of a Crazy Woman!

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_POISON_IVY_ 7/11/2012 5:39PM

    It's crazy how weight can fluctuate so much, even throughout the day! I'll have to try the Yoplait yogurts. Right now I'm loving the fat-free Target brand yogurt (they have caramel apple flavored!!)

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URGIRL 12/30/2011 11:59AM

    great job and like ghetta sys YOU ARE EXTREME


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GHETTA 6/16/2010 6:20PM

    Wow. You are very extreme. I admire that. I try to lose weight by watching my calories and exercising, but I never have results like yours. Please blog any tips if you have time.

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Week 4 Update

Sunday, February 07, 2010

This week I was faced with disappointment. As I stated last week (on my official blog), I think I am under-eating throughout the day which is causing me to not lose weight as quickly. I tried to vary my routine to try and confuse my body so it would actually get back on the weight loss path.

It didn't work.

Weight Loss Confessional

I weigh myself daily - something I'm working on, but the DH (darling husband) is saying to remedy this, he is simply going to remove the scale from the bathroom during the week. One day I weighed myself when I woke up, worked out really hard at the gym, weighed myself again and got upset. The scale said I had gained. I know that just shows how crazy I am, but I wanted you to see the issues that everyday people go through.

Success Tip
Drink water!

I hate this stuff.

Correction - I used to hate this stuff.

In pictures on my dailybooth, I have shown everyone a huge water bottle. It holds exactly 8 cups of water. What a person is supposed to drink on a daily basis. I started off using that. I refuse to drink the chlorinated tap water in my area, so we buy Deer Park from BJ's. At first I needed something to flavor the water so I found diet tea's did the trick.

Now I am good and I just use a 1L water bottle to drink from during the day. Every week or so I buy a new bottle of Figi water and use it. It's not as big as my pink one and takes up less space on my desk at work.

I went the entire week without drinking soda. I didn't even mean to. We also bought a multipack of Diet Snapple and I've been drinking that instead. It has less junk added into it than soda. Last night was the first night all week that I drank any Dt. Mt. Dew. I did it so I could stay up writing! On a sidenote, I reached a huge moment as I crossed another threshold in my writing.

So make sure you are drinking your water. 8 glasses of it. It really makes a difference. I find I drink a lot of it throughout the day. Not something I would have expected.

Scale Showdown

I lost exactly 1 lb since my last Sunday weigh in.
Total weight loss according to my SparkPeople: 14.8 lbs

I did take my measurements this week as I noticed things like my exercise pants getting looser as well as my jeans that are a much smaller size. I lost a total of 2" this week according to my measurements. I lost 1" in my hips, 1/2" in my waist and upper arms!

Fitness Minute

I bought another wii and the game Wii Active this week. We have been crazy busy with life in general and I was unable to go to the gym this week (all except one day). Instead, I used the Wii Active to do their 30 Day Challenge. It reminded me of all the simple exercises I used to do in high school on a daily basis as my warm up routine for volleyball and/or softball. After a few days of lunges and using the resistance band, my DH noticed a change in my derriere. It is possible that this exercise regiment has helped me build muscle and that is why I haven't lost lbs. It still has thrown me into a saddened mood that I am hoping I can get out of to continue what I'm doing.

I did make it to the gym one day this week, where I did the Elliptical precor machine. I actually worked it for a straight hour. All the while jamming away on my music. Expect a blog on that to come shortly. I am getting a lot of questions about my playlist. I figured the easiest thing for me to do was actually show you my playlist and tell you which songs helped me keep going and which ones I skipped over.

So overall I'm not happy with my progress, but I am definitely noticing a difference in my body.


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POETCHIK 2/7/2010 3:47PM

    Don't let the fact that you didn't loose that much weight get you down. It sounds like you're making some great changes that will lead to weight loss in no time.

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