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I Fell Again and I Refuse to Get Up!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

I fell off my plateau finally after two months. I shook things up for myself. I dropped the amount of cardio from 40 minutes a day, three days a week, down to 30 minutes a day, three days a week. I also started watching my carb count very closely. I stopped eating bread, rice, and potatoes. I am getting my carbs from fruits and veggies.
Now the way most people think is that if you aren't losing weight and you are eating at the low end of your range, which I do, then you need to increase the exercise and burn more calories. I can't increase what I eat. I am diabetic and to keep my blood sugars under control, I must stay under 1,400 calories a day and find that when I am around 1,300 I was losing weight before I increased my exercise. I looked at the summary calendar for the past months, going back to July and looked at my calorie count and exercise minutes. That helped me realize that I did need to continue to eat around 1,300 calories a day but needed to drop my exercise back down to 30 minutes cardio per session. I have done that for the past week and lost 2 pounds. I don't know how much the lower carbs helped in that other than making me think more of what I was eating and eating different things for lunch and dinner.
Lesson learned: You have to find what works for you. Use the tools here on the site. Look at your summary calendar. See what you were doing when you were losing, when you gained, or when you were staying still. Realize that there will be times that nothing matters what you do. Sometimes your body needs some time to adjust to the new calorie intake or output. This is YOUR journey and no one answer, program, or meal plan fits all.
I think it is funny that when I put in my weight today, SparkPeople said I lost 4 pounds. Do the math 151-149= 2....but I will take the 2 Thank You!
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JRBIRDY 10/6/2010 8:54PM

  really good points. we're all different and need to find our own solutions.


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ACIMPEGGY 10/2/2010 11:53PM

    Great blog! You're so right...we have to find out what works for us. For myself, I find eating often helps keep my energy level up and my digestion better than eating 2-3 larger meals.

Exercise is hard on workdays, but when I get started, I'm fine.

Good for you for discovering your best routine and losing again! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 10/2/2010 11:42PM

    Good for you, yes we all do have to find what works for us. Plateau's can be very discouraging if they last for any length of time. I am so glad you lost this week. Very proud of you!!!!!!

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TAFFIN2000 10/2/2010 10:56PM

    Yay! I'm glad you found a way to get off that plateau!

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KATRIONAH 10/2/2010 10:51PM

    Woo hoo on your fall....and your resolve to not get up. YOUR title sure grabbed my attention......and MADE me laugh. Breaking through a plateau is a BIG thing. GOOD for you!!!!! Have a joy filled day......Karen emoticon

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 10/2/2010 10:05PM

    YIPPEE! Congrats to you! I've noticed that if I enter my weight and it went down a pound and a half, SP shows it as two pounds. Oh well, I suppose it evens out when I gain a half pound and SP shows it as a pound. Regardless, you go girl! emoticon

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RUFFIT 10/2/2010 8:59PM

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2RICKIE 10/2/2010 8:38PM

    Way to go! You've found what works for you!

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GRAMPAM 10/2/2010 8:24PM

    Thanks for the insights and tips. Congrats on the weight loss. That's great!!!Hugs, Pam

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ZANDASMOM1 10/2/2010 8:24PM

    emoticon Congrats on your weight loss!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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GRANNYPEG 10/2/2010 6:53PM

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CJKOMODO 10/2/2010 5:18PM

    Well said! We all have our own journey to be one and it isn't a one size fits all. Way to go on your loss too!!!

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GOHUSKERS2 10/2/2010 3:59PM

    Congratulations on losing weight and making discoveries that work for you! Way to go!!!

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DBELLE39 10/2/2010 3:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your 2# loss!

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Warning to All Sparkers

Friday, October 01, 2010

It is a new month emoticon. there is emoticon ahead. It is the season of emoticon games and emoticon with emoticon. Halloween is just around the corner with emoticon, emoticon, emoticon. After Halloween is emoticon, and then emoticon or emoticon with family feasts and emoticon.
emoticon away from temptation. Put down the extra emoticon. You are emoticon. Plan ahead and enjoy your family and friends, but don't emoticon to the pleas to eat more than you want. emoticon Increase emoticon emoticon emoticon. Set your goals and live healthy. Enjoy but don't over indulge! emoticon is on your side. And remember you are emoticon

  
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TAMMYTH64 10/4/2010 11:20PM

    Love it! Thanks coach!

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KAKIPOPUP 10/3/2010 9:56AM

    Good reminders!

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MAGGIESMOM831 10/3/2010 7:52AM

    emoticon I loved this blog! Thanks for the spark of motivation and reminder. You're the emoticon!!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 10/2/2010 11:05AM

    Love this blog!!! You are so creative Normandy!!!!!! Love all the emoticons!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Sandi

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SARAHTAIT 10/2/2010 10:30AM

    Yes-tis the season of eating isn't it?? thanks for the motivation and the cute blog!1 Loved it!
Hugs,
Sarah

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POOKAQUEEN 10/2/2010 8:18AM

    Love this! An awesome pep talk!

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NEALIO302 10/2/2010 4:04AM

    Such a great message and such a creative way to get it out to your fellow Sparkers. emoticon Thanks!

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WSTXBLUEBONNET 10/1/2010 10:55PM

    How creative you are!!!!! I loved reading this blog!!! Plus, the message was good!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLARISSA1980 10/1/2010 10:49PM

    Thank you for this GREAT blog..!!!
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KATHYJO56 10/1/2010 10:38PM

    ILOVE THIS! Very clever my friend. emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 10/1/2010 10:19PM

    Love it...Thank you!

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GOHUSKERS2 10/1/2010 10:17PM

    Cool!!!! I'm old enough to use that expression!

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CHRYS13 10/1/2010 10:13PM

    Love it! thanks!

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NPA4LOSS 10/1/2010 10:07PM

    Great! I am catching up with friends and sending(((Skinny Vibes)))). I am now ahead if I follow your great advice!

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WGALE13 10/1/2010 8:56PM

    Awesome blog! And I will do my best :-)

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ZANDASMOM1 10/1/2010 8:23PM

    I LOVE it!!!!!! emoticon

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LRKNOBS 10/1/2010 6:42PM

    PERFECTLY said!!!!!
Thanks so much!!
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LOLLIPAM 10/1/2010 6:12PM

    Great reminder for us all!!

Pam

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BEAR_GURL 10/1/2010 6:09PM

    What a GREAT pep talk! Its true: October marks the start of temptation into the holidays...sigh. Good luck in your battle with the beast and thanks again for being my friend= )


HUGS,

Melissa

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JUDITHANNIE 10/1/2010 5:38PM

    Thanks for the reminder......

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October Goals!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I will lose a pound a week. I think that is doable (if that is a word).
I will keep up my exercise routine every week.
I will get encouragement from my Spark friends.
I will give encouragement to my Spark friends.
I will train a new paraprofessional to work with my students, which will in time decrease my stress level and increase their achievement levels. By lowering my stress level, I will be able to remain on track and meet my goals for the month.
There they are. Short, sweet, simple.

  
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TAMMYTH64 10/4/2010 11:07PM

    Sounds great! Best wishes on your goals!

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WSTXBLUEBONNET 10/1/2010 10:57PM

    I'm a teacher too-----if you are able to de-stress, let me know how it works out...I can use the tips!!! emoticon emoticon

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LEXIE63 10/1/2010 11:20AM

    I had to look. I'm a word nut. LOL

Doable is a word, but you were probably aware of that. :-) But even if it wasn't a word I'd still use it, cos I think it is full of simple expression. It says a mouthful! *grin*

Good goals. Good month. Good luck! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GOOZLEBEAR 9/30/2010 10:05PM

    Great October goals!!! I think I will just join you in a few of these!!! Not being a teacher some don't apply but I can always stick in a few!!!!!

God's blessings on your month of October, may it be a great one!!!!

Hugs

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ZANDASMOM1 9/30/2010 7:59PM

    PERFECT!!!!! You can (will) do it!!! emoticon

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One Day at a Time

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I posted this as a message on someone else's blog and realized it is about me.
One small step at a time. This time it is not a diet, it is a way of life. I may have to adjust what works for me from time to time. I think I have tried everything out there (or almost). This is it. I have to change my thinking and that is really hard to do. I am starting with one day, saying "I can do this just for one day". then after I finish that day, it is day one again and I will repeat "I can do this just for one day." That is all I ask myself to do...just one day because food can be an addiction.
Today I really did the lower carb thing. I had no bread and my carbs came from fruit and veggies. I am not sure about a snack as I need to eat about 200 calories. I may have an apple with skim milk. That does sound good.

  
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TAMMYTH64 10/4/2010 10:57PM

    Girl, I think you're onto something! It's funny how you start talking to someone else and suddenly it hits you. WOW! What a concept!

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ZANDASMOM1 9/29/2010 9:20PM

    So true!!! And I think that helping others here we are also helping ourselves!!!!

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PHYL220 9/29/2010 7:43PM

    Great blog and so true! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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WINDLEG 9/29/2010 7:11PM

    So true! Thanks for sharing! Sometimes we should heed our own advice!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/29/2010 5:54PM

    Same here, girl!! One step, one day at a time!!

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CJKOMODO 9/29/2010 5:49PM

    I have to remind myself that all the time. emoticon emoticon

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Shaking Things Up

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I lost 5 pounds in July and nothing since then. While I am happy to not have gained any, I am getting a little tired of not getting rid of the last 6 to 10 pounds. I have decided to try going low carb for a few weeks just to see if that shakes something loose. I am going to not have bread, rice, or potatoes for a few weeks to test out my theory. I think my diet (meaning what I eat, not what I am on) needs a little shake up. I will let you know how it goes.
If any one out there has any ideas for breakfast let me know. I will still eat my fruits and veggies, protein, dairy every day. I just think I am over doing the whole carb thing right now.

  
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TAMMYTH64 10/4/2010 10:45PM

    I feel for you. It's challenging when you hit a plateau and can't pinpoint how to fix it. It's also like a juggling act to see what makes everything balance out with the calorie/grams breakdown. Hang in there, you're bound to hit something big.

Big hugs!!

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SPRING1973 9/29/2010 9:22PM

    ooh, I must have known about this subconciously, 'cause I ate all the carbs you skipped!
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LAURAWILLBEFIT 9/29/2010 1:14PM

    Good luck and I hope it works for you.
It's a good idea to try something differnet!

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LINDAGRAVEL 9/28/2010 8:41PM

    sometimes its good to shake things up emoticon emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/28/2010 8:38PM

    I will be interested to see if that works for you, hopefully it will. I was on the Curves diet for about 8 months which is a low carb diet and did well, I just didn't like restricting anything it was too hard to see it as a lifetime way. But since you are only doing it for awhile you might see a difference. There are days now even on WW where I try to really cut back on breads, I may have to do more of that to get a little jump start again to mine too.

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DCATNAPPER 9/28/2010 8:33PM

    I know what you mean. I have been stuck on a plateau myself for a few weeks. It is so frustrating. For breakfast I would also suggest a high protein and fiber cereal like Kashi Go Lean. I know I need to increase my exercise time... Good luck to you!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/28/2010 8:32PM

    Don't know how this goes on carbs, but, to try to get a serving of fruit and some good fiber, I start my day with a bowl of Raisin Bran and Soy Milk. It helps me get a good start to my day. Hope that may be helpful. I agree about shaking something loose! Sometimes we have to shift things around to get things moving again.

Hugs,
Jayne

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KAKIPOPUP 9/28/2010 8:17PM

    other than eggs/egg beaters/egg whites? Low carb breakfasts are difficult, but there's always yogurt or other dairy....



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LAURELSPARK 9/28/2010 8:14PM

    Sometimes it's good to shake it up. Hope it works for you!

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RENEEANDFAMILY 9/28/2010 8:01PM

  I would still do potatoes they are low in calories and they have good nutrients I have heard red potatoes are better for u

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ZANDASMOM1 9/28/2010 7:51PM

    Good luck!!!! And congrats on maintaining your loss so far!!!

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