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Needing strength

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

So today is my daughter's 2nd birthday.
We have a cake for after lunch.
Plus I have my parents in law here - they have bought macaroons for the party.
Plus I am meeting up with some friends tonight for takeaway dinner (they are renovating their house, so no kitchen for cooking).

I need to be really disciplined today.
No extra snacks & small portions.

Just trying to hang on until after new year, when I will be back to normal. At least, that is the plan.

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VALRAEZENA 12/28/2011 7:24PM

  It is really hard when there are kids about, that is where my weight came from but....hang in there and be strong willed and you will succeed. emoticon

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SUNFLOWER4ME 12/28/2011 5:16PM

    Chew gum!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/28/2011 5:13PM


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Post Christmas wrap up

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I have to admit that I spent most of the Christmas weekend feeling uncomfortably full.
My sister and our families were staying with my parents - there was so much food. Overcatered? Crazy stuff.

I was very concerned about the lovely stone fruits - about to go rotten in the fruit bowl. So I snacked on peaches, nectarines etc.
I did try to load my plate with salad at each meal.
I tried to drink plenty of water and soda water - and limit alcohol.
Hubby and I went mountain biking on Boxing Day.

I tended to eat too much for many of the meals

Those cups of tea with biscuits, slice, cake - my downfall!
Christmas lasted 3 days, instead of 1

The good news is that I weighed in at my goal weight this morning (my usual weigh in day).

Now for my daughter's second birthday tomorrow - oh, dear. Wish me luck.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/27/2011 11:54PM

    Sounds like you really did just fine !

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SUNFLOWER4ME 12/27/2011 11:26PM

    I was expecting SO much worse when I started reading this blog. Yes, you slipped up.. a little. You should be so proud of yourself. I, too, had a 4 day Christmas, and I overate a lot of things. But your goods definitely overshadow your bads! emoticon

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'tis the season to hold your ground

Monday, December 12, 2011

I know I am not the first sparker to blog on this topic - it seems 'tis the season for challenging your commitment to healthy eating.

Its summer down under, but for some reason the traditional Christmas fare is similar to that in the northern hemisphere. Roast dinner - ham & turkey, pudding, alcohol, sitting around nibbling on every tempting treat you can think of.

As a general rule, I don't keep much unhealthy food in the house. This makes it easier to make healthy choices, and model good behaviour for the kids.

Christmas is at my parents house - we are staying for a few days. My parents have some terrible habits (such as eating a little sweet treat with a cup of tea - and they only seem to drink tea. No plain water. So every time they are thirsty in the day, they end up eating a piece of fruit cake, or a chocolate biscuit etc etc). I love sweet treats - so this is really difficult for me.

So, what's my plan?

1. Exercise - my husband and I have made a pledge that we will escape the magnetic field of the couch, and go mountain biking on the tracks just nearby. Even an hour will be great exercise.

2. Treat Christmas as 1 day - relax (a little) my usual eating habits for 1 day. Once boxing day arrives, I am back to normal. Left overs will be around, but with some careful portion control etc I will be able to hit my targets

3. No seconds - I know there is going to be lovely food there. Have a small piece of the richest stuff, but no going back for more. There will also be cherries, stone fruits, mangos etc which I can move on to.

4. Limit alcohol

5. Drink plenty of water - and get out of the kitchen. Cups of tea are dangerous!

6. Play with the kids - sunny days should be perfect for backyard cricket, chase, frisbee, etc etc. Keeps you away from the food, and burns calories.

7. Get involved in the food preparation - & take responsibility for ensuring there are some healthier options. Salad, fruit salad, fruit punch (soda water with a little juice & chopped fruit, mint leaves).

Big respect to all those who still intend to lose weight over Christmas! I am officially in maintenance mode at the moment anyway, but my goal is not to back slide.

Still 10 days to go - the plan might need some tweaking!

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PATTYKLAVER 12/14/2011 8:59AM

    I think you've got a great plan there. Good luck, have fun, and Merry Christmas.

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FLOPPYRETURNS 12/13/2011 9:32AM

    Thanks, I really liked this blog. This sounds like a great plan, even for us in the Northern Hemisphere. One tweaking though - I looove tea :) but I actually often use it in lieu of dessert (i.e. something nice to look forward to/have at the end of a meal). I don't have cravings to eat cake or cookies with it so I am keeping it as part of my diet. Oh, I also don't sweeten my tea.

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SUNFLOWER4ME 12/12/2011 10:46PM

    Man the holidays are so rough sometimes! We try to be so good, but it seems like there is food and temptation everywhere and everyone is so happy so why not have another cookie, right? Wrong. We can do this! I need to come up with a plan for when I get home from school! Kick those bad habits I usually fall back into emoticon

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ONEWEIGH 12/12/2011 10:12PM

    My workplace fitness program has a "Maintain Don't Gain" challenge that runs through November and December--I didn't make it last year but this year I'm determined. AND I'm not baking anthing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/12/2011 9:46PM

    Great blog! I chuckled about the tea...and the couch magnetic field!

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Virtual or Reality?

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A quick reminder to myself to remember what the real goals are, and what they are not.

The real goals are
1. Live a happy healthy lifestyle
2. Maintain my weight
3. Improve my fitness
4. Get stronger for Mountain Biking

The goals are not
1. To track x fitness calories burned on SP
2. To track my food on SP

I need to remember that SP is a tool (a fantastic tool) to help me achieve my goals, not the goal itself.
Sometimes I can lose sight of this. Let me explain.

This morning I am going for a bike ride - I set out on one of my favourite routes which normally takes about an hour. I always try to keep my average speed above 20km/h so I can log in SP in the Biking 20-22km/h category. At my weight, SP says I am burning 440 cal per hour, compared to only 340 if I am in the 16-19km/h category.

Anyway, this morning I realise that I have more time than the 1 hour - so I start thinking about what extra distance I can do. My first thought is to divert off my usual path, and climb over a steep hill, down the other side, and back again - then carry on with my usual route. Almost immediately I decide not to - this is a very steep hill (some joker has labelled it 'alp d'huez') and would really knock my average speed for the ride. I would really struggle to maintain my 20kmh+ average - which would not record too well on SP.

You have a lot of time to think on the bike . . .

I realised that I was treating SP tracking as the goal - what should I do to get the best result in SP? Rather than what is the best for achieving my real goals.

Going up and over would : -
1. Work my heart = Healthy Lifestyle
2. Burn plenty of calories = Maintain Weight
3. Work my heart = Improve fitness
4. Improve strength on the hills = Stronger for mountain biking

So I went up and over,
and with a little extra effort, achieved the average 20kmh+ anyway.

So, the lesson for me is to remember the real goal!

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WENDYJM4 12/7/2011 10:17PM

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/7/2011 7:28PM

    Do you have an HRM? I rely on that and then don't worry about those Spark figures.

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    You can do it! :)

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So close . . . , and then what happened?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

About 12 days ago I weighed in at 60kgs - a weight that I am thrilled to have achieved.
I think my initial goal with SP was 65kgs - 60kg is a weight I have not seen for many years.

I know everyone's experience of weight loss is different - but I will say that for me, getting to 60kgs was easy. I had been exercising regularly for about 6 months before joining SP, but had no knowledge about calories, and protein/carb/fat targets. Once I started tracking my foods, the weight just slowly dripped away.

I would regularly lose a half kilo a week (about a pound) without feeling like I was sacrificing too much. Some weeks I would not lose, but most of those weeks included a little blow out (some social occasion or whatever) or I could blame the flu.

When I reached 60kgs, for the first time I let myself imagine getting into the 50s - a weight I associate with my early 20s. But since then, i seem to have lost the desire/focus and think I have probably put on a kilo (my official weekly weigh in is not until Wednesday).

Now, I suppose a kilo (2 lbs) is not something to stress about. I am more concerned about my lack of drive/focus.

60 kg gives me a BMI of 20.3.
I have a small build (there is an SP article about this - I can grip my wrist with the opposite hand, and my thumb and middle fingernails can overlap) - so I expect my goal should be toward the lower end of the healthy BMI range (18.5 to 25).

Maybe I am struggling because I don't really know what my goal weight should be.
Maybe I should just be happy with 60kg, and get on with maintaining.
Maybe I should just get a bit tough with myself - and whip my cake eating butt.

It is a tricky time coming up - Christmas, New Year and my daughter's birthday. I don't want this to all collapse around my ears.

Anyone else out there contemplating the change to maintaining, from losing? Any tips?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/28/2011 1:11AM

    Build is not necessarily relevant to bmi. I have a small frame. But my bones are dense. In other words, they are small but heavy. I would be skeletal at the low bmi range for my height.

Pick a weight. See if you can stay within +/- 3% of it for a couple of months. See how you feel there. If you don't like it, adjust accordingly.

And finding fitness goals is an excellent way to gauge how you feel at a particular weight.

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JSPEED4 11/28/2011 12:52AM

    A SparkTeam, The Quilt, is based in Jack Kruse's articles about normalizing appetite hormones and seasonal eating. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/28/2011 12:30AM

    I completely agree with Leherself, focus on fitness and health. It's unlikely to make any difference for your health whether or not you lose another 5 Kilos or not. It could make a world of difference if you reach a higher fitness level for the kinds of sports you can participate in and for how much fun you can have being active. You may find that you will lose a little more weight or, if you gain a lot of muscle, could even gain a healthy kilo or two. Either one is fine and it's better not to try to micromanage. I always gain a few pounds in the fall and lose them in the spring without any effort on my part. Just because the days are longer I end up being more active.
Most of all, enjoy the new you and what all you can now do, including, but not limited to fitting into some cool clothes. emoticon

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LEHERSELF 11/27/2011 11:26PM

  It might be helpful to start focusing more on fitness or health goals, instead of weight goals. Maintaining is a hard goal to pay attention to, because really, it's boring. "I'm still the same" just doesn't feel very motivating. "I'm a healthy weight *and* I can run/walk/bike/ski/swim x distance easily now!" is much more so. With fitness, there's always something you can strive for.

Good luck to you! :)

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REDSHOES2011 11/27/2011 11:18PM

    Maintenance is just as hard as lossing weight- get started trying to master it.. I use the bathroom scales daily to keep a eye if I can eat the extra food to stop weight loss.. If my weight ain't okay I am holding back and getting a handle on things too..
Its tough and requires more patience than the lossing phase!

Good luck!

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SANDYKAYEJ 11/27/2011 11:02PM

    Maybe it would be good to work on maintaining for the next couple of months and see how that goes. If you still feel a need to lose, go for it!! emoticon

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