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Biggest loser challenge Week 2

Monday, February 21, 2011

Start weight: 180.0
Current weight: 179.0
Percentage change: -0.55%
Total percentage change: -2.2%

So not the best week- I pretty much stopped trying around Thursday but I do feel optimistic because I didn't gain weight even though I wasn't focused on my weight loss. I'm thinking that if this week I work really hard, I'll be able to get right back on track. I'm still trying to think about the big picture and recognize that even though this wasn't the best week, I'm still on track with my long term goals.

  


Good eating, GREAT feeling

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I have been pretty bad for the past month (slash year) and I finally decided yesterday that I was seriously ready to make some changes. I'm focusing on eating really healthy foods and cleansing my system. This isnt a cleanse like some of the crazy ones - I'm trying to eat around 1300 calories a day which is pretty low but still enough that I'm getting all my nutrients. I'm basically just eating healthy food and trying to eat clean as much as possible - fruits, veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, cutting out most processed foods. I'm feeling great. I weighed myself yesterday - 170 - and then today the scale said 165! It's crazy how just cutting out the crap for one day really jump starts my health and weight loss! Another great moment happened a little while ago. I made myself a super healthy smoothie - strawberries, banana, greek yogurt, milk, ice - yesterday and did not really enjoy it. But today I decided to have another since it's really healthy and has a lot of protein and calcium. Exactly the same smoothie, but today when I tasted it I really enjoyed it because it just TASTES healthy. I could feel it doing my body good and that made me feel great!!! I hope I can stick with this healthy plan I'm following and finally lose some weight!

  
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LAURADIV1 5/19/2010 1:13PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!! the benefits of a healthly lifestyle outweigh the temporary happiness of an unhealthy lifestyle! you got this girl! emoticon

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SEVEN WEEK CHALLENGE - anyone want to join?

Monday, April 26, 2010

On June 14, I am starting summer classes (I have taken the past year off - am getting to know myself/working through some issues). but in exactly seven weeks I will be back at school starting a new adventure. I'm nervous but feeling ready to get back! BUT i want to feel better about my body. My attitude is so much better than it was this time last year and I feel better about myself in many ways. I want to work really hard on eating healthy and losing weight before heading back to school - i hope to lose 15+ pounds and then continue losing more when i get to school.

WEEK 1:
Get on track!!
South Beach phase 1 - focus on eating lots of veggies, good sources of fat, lots of yummy protein
Start doing cardio daily
Start developing a strength training program
Sneak in little ways to exercise

WEEK 2:
Stick with my program!!!
Don't let my motivation falter!
Experiment with some new recipes and adding new foods to my usual plan - can anyone give me some healthy SB-diet approved ideas?
Try out new cardio Zumba, yoga, spinning - find something I like
Draw out a defnite strength training program

WEEK 3:
Start SB diet phase 2/1.5
SLOWLY add more carbs - pay very close attention to weight loss/gain
Start running/walking

WEEK 4
Keep adding more carbs
Run more often
Try new things - new recipes, new exercises, etc

WEEK 5-7
At this time I will be a month into my program and I'll reassess my goals. I'll need to keep motivated and keep my diet fresh so I might want to focus on becoming a better runner or really focusing on my abs or trying out a Jillian Michaels program or something. In terms of eating, I'll decide whether I want to stay on SB at this point and either stick with it or segway into a low calorie diet supplemented by exercise.

I'm sticking with my points but starting over!
Still tracking those in my "Other Goals"

Every 100 points i'll give myself a reward such as mani/pedi, new dress, new swimsuit, new sunglasses etc - i'll think about if theres some reward I really want and figure that out.

Let me know if anyone wants to join me! This seven week time period would be perfect for a pre-summer challenge since bikini weather is really starting in early June! My plan is prettuy personal but I would love it if someone else is really trying to be serious and we can help each other out and keep each other on track!!

Good luck to everyone and wish me luck! We CAN do this!!!!

  
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JUMPINGERONIMO 4/27/2010 8:35AM

    Great Goals! So, are you officially in week seven?

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BOOTS_N_SPURS 4/26/2010 9:29PM

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GAILMAGG 4/26/2010 1:59PM

    I would like to join the challenge. I just started sb yesterday.
I need to lose 30 pounds.
Gail

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LESABRINKER 4/26/2010 11:58AM

    Yes i am definitely up for a seven week challenge!!! i started SB on 4/21 so my 7 weeks will end on 6.9.10 and it just so happens that is a GREAT target date for me as i have some important stuff going on that weekend so YES COUNT ME IN!!!!!!!
i LOVE SB and i just started phase 1...I will definitely need your guidance along the way to keep me on track for the 7 weeks but yes, you are right I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!
i am a 46 yr old working mom on the run from jersey...my job is public school admin...the last few weeks have been stressful...i need to stay in control with the eating...i work out 6 days per week pretty intensely...i need to lose about 25 - 30 lbs...tell me more about you...

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Being Mindful VS Overthinking

Thursday, April 01, 2010

I know that tracking the foods I eat keeps my consistent and also makes me think about what I put into my mouth. The problem is that I tend to count calories obsessively and overthink everything. When I'm logging my food I find it hard to relax and enjoy my food without constantly thinking about it. It's good to keep track of what I'm eating so I don't go overboard and so I can see where I make mistakes, but when I overthink it I end up getting fed up and then just binging. I'm trying to find a balance where I make mindful choices and stay within my calorie goal but I let myself just enjoy my meal without obsessing over calories. Does anyone else have this issue? I know that if I keep counting my calories like crazy I'll resort to binging. I need to find a way to make a healthy lifestyle a priority but put it on the backburner a little so it's not all I think about!!!

  
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BOOTS_N_SPURS 4/15/2010 11:55AM

    I agree...pre-planning is key. I happen to be a little Type-A and OCD so sooometimes I enjoy the obession, other times I want to enjoy my life too and it gets difficult. What I can see so far is that 1 or 2 bad days (or even weeks) really isn't that bad. Just make sure you don't have any regrets!

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NEEBREW 4/1/2010 8:39PM

    The only way I can manage this dilemma is to pre-plan everything I eat and not eat out but maybe once a week (especially on South Beach.) When I know in advance what I'm going to eat in a day, if I stick in a treat or glass (or two) of wine, then I don't feel guilty. For me, the key is just tracking my calories. And don't get hung up on just one day... Keep an eye on your calorie differential by the whole week.

Also knock out the little calories that don't matter to you (an extra pat of butter) for the calories you REALLY want.

Good luck!

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Feeling like quitting...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm feeling a little disappointed today. I weighed myself and I was 159, same as yesterday. I know it's unrealistic to expect weight loss in one day but I was hoping by doing such a good job yesterday I would love some of the weight I gained from my peanut butter binge two days ago. Unfortunately no such luck. And now the fresh homemade chocolate chip muffins are calling my name. I really want to get down to 150. If I could do that I could feel better about myself. Now I just look like a fat slug. And I really wanted to do this before leaving for Key West in a week and a half. That way I can try to maintain that on vacation. If I don't feel like I've stuck with my diet and done a good job and seen results I just knowwww I"m going to binge on my vacation and ruin everything.

How can I keep myself on track and motivate myself? After a week of staying on track (except the one day) I'm starting to lose steam. If anyone reading this has any ideas or motivational words to help me stick with it, I'd really appreciate it!!!

  
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BOOTS_N_SPURS 3/31/2010 6:57PM

    So I just ran across your page...it sounds like you made my blog post from today before I did! Don't give up...I don't have much room to talk but we sound about identical on where we are at right now, weight and everything! Don't lose anymore steam!

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JUMPINGERONIMO 3/31/2010 10:24AM

    I just met you, but I understand your exact feelings! The advice I am about to give is advice I am about to take! Let's say you work hard, eat right until the moment before your trip and you didn't lose a pound. Odds are it would ruin your trip. But think about what is going on inside your body. Your body is trying to figure out what you are doing. Give yourself 3 months of hard work and exercise before expecting that first real deal feeling of accomplishment. At our weight 10 lbs makes a big difference and we can lose it by starving in just under two weeks. The downside is we gain it back and more in 2 days of binging. I joined Spark to change my life, not just my body. Try to realize you will not be at your dream weight for this trip, but you can feel better during the trip because another week of eating right and exercising means you will be stronger and more energized for the vacation. Also, you will be that much closer to your ultimate goal. Three months is a drop in the bucket compared to a year. Some people, losing 2 lbs per week, won't hit their ideal weight for an entire year! We don't have so much to lose that it would take that long! But, that is what trips us up! We think we can do good for a week or so and then our body will obey our mind and we will look great. We have to be "good" the rest of our lives. Praying for peace and acceptance for both of us! Have a great trip!!!

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KIERAE 3/24/2010 10:44AM

    Coming from the South Beach perspective (which I do believe you are eating) - BACK OFF THE CHEESE sistah! Good lord woman - the number one reason for weight loss to slow down is packing away the calorie intensive cheese. Limit yourself to one or two servings max (and some folks can't tolerate two servings daily). Cheese includes cottage cheese and ricotta. Tweak your diet, get those 4 1/2 cups of veggies in, track your sodium levels and see if this doesn't move the scale. You can do this and this way of eating DOES work.

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PJOY17 3/24/2010 9:57AM

    Ok After wanting to 'slap you silly' Half way joking here and half way not , this is not magic, this is a journey and it takes work. The word motivation means to MOVE! So first, you have to stay on track, we eat the food that will keep us healthy and moving in all ways forward to a healthier happier us that means we don't make chocolate chip muffins in the first place they don't get us where we want to go they got us where we are in our unhappy unhealthy state of affairs! Eat the lean meat, the veggies, the fruit etc. You know the drill. Sleep well, and MOVE your body. There is no short cut. Do these things and you will get where you want to be healthy. Maybe not in 10 days but you will get there. Have fun in the keys!
WE CAN DO THIS!
pj

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MERISSA1315 3/24/2010 9:28AM

    Don't give up! You can do this! You will do this! It's not easy and it sometimes takes the body a little while to warm up to weight loss. Try not to think about the numbers so much and focus more on getting other things on track (tracking food and exercise) and the weight will follows. Stress doesn't help so stressing about not having lost that weight is only going to hurt your weigh in. Try not to get on a scale more than once a week and at the same time every week because you'll see the most accurate results then. It's not an easy trek but if it's worth it you can stick with it!

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GREEKGAL1 3/24/2010 9:23AM

  Put down the chocolate chip cookie! You know you don't really want it. Keep on track and the numbers on your scale will move.
Good luck.

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WINDEE52 3/24/2010 9:18AM

    DON"T GIVE UP!!! It's a minor setback, we all have them! There have been many a night where the peanut butter monster came a callin...Drink lots of water with lemon - it'll flush out your system and you can start back on track. Don't weigh yourself again for another week too! My weight can fluctuate 5 pounds from morning to night just from water! You can do it - stay positive! emoticon

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CELESTIALAXIS 3/24/2010 9:14AM

    SO many things can affect the number on the scale, you really have to take it with a grain of salt. Sodium consumption can cause water retention, vigorous or new strength training causes your muscles to retain water while they repair, the food in your belly, if you haven't had a bowel movement recently...any of those things and more can show up on the scale. The true measure is how you FEEL. Do you have more energy? Are your clothes less snug? Do you have better stamina? These are the signs of becoming healthier. Don't let the scale get to you. It lies! ;-)

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EEKTHECAT 3/24/2010 8:57AM

    Don't give up! It takes a few days to lose fat. Immediate weight fluctuation is usually water weight, so it's an unrealistic measure. If you exercised and are building muscle, then you may have weighed heavier because muscle weighs more than fat. Hang in there, if you stick to it long-term, you're bound to succeed. I always think "hey I didn't gain it in a day, so I won't lose it in a day either."

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AMGM2001 3/24/2010 8:54AM

    What keeps me going is I imagine the pants I want to fit, fitting me. Also, I always remind myself to take one moment at a time, one meal at a time, and one day at a time. If I can get thru the temptation of this food, I can get thru any temptation. emoticon

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