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Results from Week 6 and the 3 S's

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The scale looked exactly the same today as it did last week -- neither up nor down. That is a good thing considering that I had two of the three special events this past week. I got through the first one without much trouble, but the other one wasn't so great. Granted, I am making progress by being more purposeful about what is happening and I can tell that I am not partaking as much as I have in the past, but I still need to work very diligently on limiting my consumption at special events.

In looking at how things went last week, I identified three S's that I am going to make for my focus this week:

1. Sleep. For some reason, I have been exercising at around 8 or 9 at night lately. I know you are not supposed to do that, but that is just how it was working out. The result of doing that was that I would be up until about 1 AM or so. With school starting this week for my kids, that is a bad thing because we need to get up early to get to school in time.

2. Salt. When I first started on SP, I had a hard time reining in my sodium intake because I had not been aware of how much "hidden sodium" there was in food. By making a few adjustments, I've been able to bring it down to an appropriate level. But when I was out for my second event last night, my Achilles heel was potato chips and tortilla chips. That surprised me because I'm usually so big on sweets. It was a good reminder why I don't keep that in the house.

3. Schedule. I'm not sure why, but things have felt off all summer. I just never got into a real groove. I am hoping that the structure of school helps bring this along as I work to establish a regularity to my days.

What things do you find that you need to focus on more intently?

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SHRINK_U 8/20/2012 4:29PM

    My sleep is horrible. I have suffered with insomnia for years. It doesn't help that I sometimes put my workout off until the evening, either. Congrats on maintaining your weight!

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HEYITSLISA 8/20/2012 10:19AM

    I have a difficult time with my sodium levels. I am over the recommended amount virtually every day! emoticon I don't ADD salt to anything, it's just the stuff that is already there. Fortunately I don't have any sodium related illnesses that makes me have to restrict it, but I still try to keep it as low as possible.

Sleep is also another biggie. If I don't get enough sleep, I don't lose weight. Weird how that works, huh? emoticon

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FATBASTICH 8/20/2012 6:42AM

    I have been watching my sodium. I cannot believe how much sodium I was consuming when I did most of my cooking from a box. I still end up surprised by the amounts in some things, but after just a week I'm seeing my numbers look much better.

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Showing Self-Appreciation

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I had an interesting conversation with my 6-year-old daughter, my dear Miss M, last night:

Miss M (trying to make her hands like the hooves on Olivia the Pig*): It would be hard to hold on to anything with two fingers!

Me: Yes, it would. But did you know that some people are born with only two fingers on a hand?

Miss M: Really?

Me: Yes. Or some are born without an arm or a leg.

Miss M: Wow... it would be really hard to do stuff without an arm or a leg.

Me: Well, people learn how to do things without it because that's all they know. Or they might get something that helps them, kind of like the hearing aids Daddy uses.**

Miss M: I am sure glad I have all my fingers and arms and legs!

Me: And we show our appreciation to God for our bodies by eating nutritous food and getting exercise to keep us healthy.

After I said that to my daughter, I sat back and thought to myself, "Yeah, we do. Or we should, anyway." Of course, when being honest with myself, I know that I haven't shown that appreciation very often -- quite the opposite, in fact.

Whether or not you believe in God isn't the point here. It's about realizing how amazing the human body is! It deserves to be treated with love and respect, not abused with inactivity and with food that does nothing to nourish it.

No matter what has been happening in my life, it wasn't my body's fault. And yet, when I have been sad or angry or stressed out or bored or celebrating or whatever other excuse there is, I have chosen to harm this vessel that is carrying me through life. It's sad to realize what a dysfunctional relationship I have had with my body emoticon

This ended up being a positive epiphany (despite the fact that it made me feel bad for all the choices I have made in the past). To see that I have been actively working for the past month and a half to greatly limit my previous choices is gratifying. To understand that eating nutritous food and exercising isn't a chore, but showing appreciation for my wonderful body, was a little bit mind-blowing. It helps make this all a bit easier on some levels.

*Olivia is a storybook character created by Ian Falconer. She is quite precocious, much like Miss M :)
**My husband is hard of hearing.

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    Great blog! I love your epiphany.

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HEYITSLISA 8/16/2012 7:01AM

    emoticonIt is amazing how simple of a concept it is, yet so many of us fail to do it. Take care of the body you live in. emoticon

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SHRINK_U 8/16/2012 1:58AM

    " To understand that eating nutritous food and exercising isn't a chore, but showing appreciation for my wonderful body" I like that :)

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Results from Week 5 & Lessons Learned

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The scale gods smiled on me today -- I am down 1.5 lbs from last week emoticon Given that I had gained a pound last week, this is a net .5 lb since I reset my goals in week 3, but a total of 19.5 lbs since I started back with SP a little over a month ago. I'm definitely happy to be back on track.

Thanks to everyone who lent their support last week during my minor freak-out. The community here is definitely a big reason why people are able to refocus on their goals even when they fall. I appreciate being helped back up and set on the right path again. You all are emoticon

I've always believed that it's important to learn from experiences, both good and bad. Here's what I took from last week:

1) One bad day can be rectified. It's so easy to keep staring at the train wrecks that cross our paths that we fail to remember all the beauty of the road that came before it. Instead of letting everything be consumed by the train wreck, I need to remember all the positive things, working to circumvent the disaster so I can progress again.

2) Keep in mind what could be affecting the weight gain. Certainly, overeating brings weight gain in the form of fat, but it also is weight gain due to water retention since many of the items that were consumed the day before were of the high sodium variety. Getting back on track will certainly take off the water weight quickly.

3) Plan better for future events. Knowing that I have three special events in the next seven days, I need to develop an action plan and make a commitment to myself to stick with it. ADARKARA had a great idea of eating a big, low-cal salad before going. Especially since I don't do dressings or dips and no longer have croutons and bacon bits in the house, that is feasible. Taking a veggie tray to said events is also helpful. And being the designated driver for those events with alcohol will keep me from ingesting too many liquid calories.

4) Chances are, I am going to mess up *something.* Being real about this will help me be more OK when it does happen. That's not to say that I will be blasť, but accepting it and using it as a learning moment is a lot better than self-flagellation.

What have you learned from your missteps?

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ADARKARA 8/13/2012 7:17AM


I made a meal of just veggies and fruit last night since I had gone out for lunch and spent my calories. =) And I was SATISFIED!

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HEYITSLISA 8/13/2012 12:02AM

    The most important thing I've learned is that today is just today. I can't predict what tomorrow will bring, and yesterday cannot be changed. I just need to focus on today. emoticon

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SHRINK_U 8/12/2012 10:39PM

    Those are great lessons learned. I think the 2 biggest lessons I have learned are:

1. It is ok to lose weight slowly (in the past I wanted it FAST FAST FAST)

2. It is ok to not be perfect.. we are going to have missteps and we just have to stand back up and keep going.

Way to go!

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WARNING: This Post is a Downer

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

So after Sunday's pep talk, I thought, "Alright, I got this. I can do this." And every day this week has started out well -- getting in a healthy breakfast, a nutritious lunch, exercising every day -- but then I crash and burn starting in late afternoon.

Yesterday was especially appalling. It was the end of softball season potluck for my daughter's team. Knowing what is usually brought to these gatherings is crap, our contribution was a good-sized tray with fresh veggies and low-fat dip. At least there would be something healthy to eat. There was a decent amount of fresh fruit there, so I was doing OK with things, until the ice cream came out, that is.

I did a mid-week peek at the scale this morning to survey the damage, and it wasn't pretty.

I groaned. I had a good idea of how I wanted to handle things going into yesterday's party, and it all fell apart. Why? Was it boredom? Anxiety over not knowing many people? Perhaps a combination of the two.

This frustrates me because there is more of this to come. Between now and Labor Day, there is going to be a family birthday, a party that my husband's boss throws every year, the church picnic, and a gathering with my husband's family (in which the hostess has asked us to chip in monetarily instead of bringing a dish to pass). How will I do with each of these challenges, especially the one that I can't guarantee that something healthy will be there?

My mind keeps going back to something Einstein said: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

By that definition, I'm not insane because I do the same thing again and again, but I know what the results will be. Why would I do that? I know those of you who are reading this don't have the answers, nor would I expect you to.

I'm just frustrated with myself and my (apparent) inability to get this right. There are always going to be the special events, and I need to learn how to navigate them successfully. If not, I'm going to be stuck in this rut of my own making.

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SHRINK_U 8/9/2012 1:33PM

    As I was reading this I was going to mention the 80/20 law.. and I see that HEYITSLISA already did :) I think you are making great strides and I agree with the others. Please don't beat yourself up. When I go over my calories I try to make up for it sometime that week with extra fitness. I love that Einstein quote-- I think of it often. We can do this.


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HEYITSLISA 8/8/2012 2:25PM

    I subscribe to the 80/20 law: I need to eat in my calorie range and exercise daily at least 80% of the time. I'm never going to be 100% perfect and neither are you. You can eat ice cream, just a small amount very rarely. When you know you are going somewhere that might not have a lot of good choices, leave yourself some wiggle room in your calories for a little indulgence. And if you still go over, tomorrow is a new day and today was just your 20%. emoticon emoticon

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ADARKARA 8/8/2012 1:35PM

    A good idea might be to eat a HUGE but very low calorie salad before you head to said parties. Then you should be full and the temptation should be lower. Or if you're not sure healthy food will be there, you can always bring your own food. If people ask, you can always say your doctor put you on a restricted diet.

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    The good thing is that the special events aren't every day. You can build your food resistance skills throughout the week. Every day you are successful, is one day closer to being able to make the right choices at these special events. You won't make the right choices every time. I wish I could tell you differently. However, like everyone says, you have to take this one day at a time and every new day is a brand new opportunity to make good choices. Our goal is to have an increasing number of good choice days. Don't beat yourself up over the potluck!

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Results from Week 4 & Gaining Perspective

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I may as well cut to the chase -- I gained a pound.

I didn't exactly say "Oops!" like THINNYGINNY reported in one of her blog posts, but I didn't go into a self-loathing episode, either. It bummed me out, to be sure, but I stopped and thought about it:

1) Last week wasn't the greatest week for me for whatever reason. Exercise was not as consistent as I would have liked. I wasn't being as diligent about entering everything into the food tracker. It really could have been worse.

2) Four weeks ago, I was 18 lbs heavier than I am today. It would be completely ridiculous to let this one week and one pound derail something that I am actually succeeding at thus far, not to mention the fact that I intend this to be a lifelong change.

3) Taking the long view puts it all in its proper perspective. Rarely does success march in a straight line to its intended destination. Obstacles are always going to present themselves. But instead of focusing on the immediate setback, considering the entire journey as a whole gives equal weight to the successes experienced up to this point.

4) When I consider the NSVs, *something* positive is happening. Baggier workout pants and more endurance while exercising are the most notable at this point, and I'm happy about that.

So with each choice I have to make, I need to ask myself, "Will this bring me closer or take me further away from where I want to be?" and then act accordingly. Sometimes I'll do well and other times not. I just need to not lose sight of the overall goal when I fall down.

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RECREATING_ME 8/6/2012 10:36PM

    Thanks for the supportive comments! It definitely helps me maintain a positive perspective with it all and that I just need to emoticon

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HWNHMMBRD 8/6/2012 4:53PM

    I needed to read your blog at this time. I have been struggling for the last few weeks and have put back on several pounds. I am still lighter than when I started, but I had lost sight of that. You have reminded me that this is a total lifestyle change, not an episode of "the Biggest Loser". Thank you for sharing your perspective and giving me the boost I needed. emoticon emoticon

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ANGELIQUE271 8/6/2012 6:23AM


- "Four weeks ago, I was 18 lbs heavier than I am today. It would be completely ridiculous to let this one week and one pound derail something that I am actually succeeding at thus far, not to mention the fact that I intend this to be a lifelong change."

That sounds BETTER than "oops!"

Such a great attitude! Keep it up, and that scale will be going back in the right direction in no time! :D

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    I plan to start tomorrow with a new outlook. This weekend was bad news for me all around. But we've gotta let it go and move on. Right? 19 pounds?? You're doing just Mah-ve-lous!

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    True. Say "oops" if you'd like and then move on. That's really the only way to get there.

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