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Back At Square One

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'm starting over in my lifestyle change. Since last summer I've lapsed back into old habits and have consequently gained 30 pounds, going from 375 to 405. So I've come to the conclusion that I can't do this lifestyle change all by myself and with what I was doing.

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NEBWRITER 4/25/2012 12:15PM

    Thank you for the support. I can use all I can get.

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 4/24/2012 5:20PM

    It sucks that you gained back some weight. I can relate, I gained back 20 of the 30 lbs I had lost. What a bummer. At least there is a lot of support here. Welcome back!

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Middle of Summer Progress Report

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Well I'm back on track with the exercising and working out. I had been holding steady for several months on the weight, meaning I hadn't been gaining or losing. But now that is starting to change. Since I last checked in at sparkpeople in May I am down a net loss of 7 pounds.

The things that I'm doing differently include 1) getting more regular sleep. 2) daily exercise. I may not exercise a full 30 to 45 minutes per day, but I make it a point to get at least 20 minutes of activity per day. 3) I'm also eating smaller portions but I'm also eating more often. In the past I had made the mistake of going hours without eating and then gorging all at once. I have found that by eating more frequently but eating less when I do eat, I'm less hungry during the day and I even wind up eating fewer calories overall.


Back on my way

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The weight loss has really taken off. I've lost at least ten pounds in the last three weeks! Here are a few of the changes I have made in these last few weeks, which I'm convinced are aiding in this rapid weight loss.

1) I take the stairs every opportunity I get. I live on the third floor of my apartment complex, so this is easy to do. It's a step that I should have done a long time ago.

2) When I have the itch for a soda pop, it's always a diet soda now. Too many empty calories in the regular soda pop. I've probably cut 400 to 500 calories per day by just this step.

3) I'm drinking much more water. I'm probably up to 12 cups a day. Sure I have to make more trips to the bathroom, but I feel so much better now. All of the literature I've read on effective weight loss recommends more water than we as Americans usually drink.

4) I'm also getting more regular sleep. I average at least 8 hours a night anymore. I know that may sound excessive to most people, but we really don't get enough sleep. I've noticed I have more energy and can think more clearly after I started sleeping more at night.

5) I'm eating less meat now. I haven't gone vegetarian, but I really do think that we eat too much meat and not enough fruits and vegetables in the average American diet. I know I certainly was.

These are a few of the small changes that I have made in my lifestyle that has added up big time in a short amount of time.


Exercising in spite of the cold

Monday, January 10, 2011

We just had a snowstorm that dumped at least 12 inches here in Nebraska. But that's to be expected in January. So I altered my plans of normally going to the YMCA and did my evening walk in the hallways of my apartment complex. I walked this evening to avoid much of the traffic of the mornings and afternoons. But I was still able to get my exercise in. It was a good half hour walk and I feel pretty good afterward. A few months ago I'd be huffing and puffing afterward but now I feel invigorated and ready to face the rest of the night. The signs of progress.

"You Can Do It If You Think You Can." - Napoleon Hill

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BRENDA1995 1/11/2011 9:53AM

    Way to go! Good for you not letting winter zap your motivation! I am about to brave the elements and head to the Y.

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Variety: The Spice of Exercise

Saturday, January 08, 2011

It's been said that 'variety is the spice of life.' It is also useful in an exercise routine. Variety can be used to fend off the boredom and tediousness that can get into a stale exercise routine. It's easy to think "Do I really want to go jogging today? I've done that several days in a row already." But if you change up your routine, maybe go biking for a few days and then change to jogging, dance exercise, or anything else the boredom factor won't be so hard to fend off.

For example, I've been doing pretty basic walking for the longest time and have found myself not feeling up to it somedays or felt I could skip a day or two once in a while. This was because I was bored with my routine. I started seeing it as a "Have To" instead of a "Want To." So I started doing some changes in my routines. Somedays I'll do just walking. Other days I'll do walking and play basketball for 10 minutes or so. And other days I'll just do dance exercise. Thank goodness for my good iPod.

Variety will do a workout routine good.


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