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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Getting in a very fast blog here...going out to eat with a friend who is here from Nova Scotia...and yes, planning to do the salad with salmon or chicken and dressing on the side! emoticon

YES, doing well! I actually hit 138.6 this week, before I had a chip attack and popped back up to 140.2. But it was a mild chip attack, involving lentil chips (yum! gluten free section) and not involving nearly as much white wine as it could have.

I AM learning to control these things...
Am burning up the treadmill and the elliptical these days, increasing a bit each time I go in there.
Problem - I need to be less sedentary the rest of the day. Gotta do more walking around the house as I work on my French...

Thanks to all of you who are popping in to say hello - I emoticon it and completely understand if this is intermittent. After all, these days I am the emoticon of Intermittent...

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CHIPPEE 3/18/2014 8:09AM

    Sara, you are so funny. I love the expression "chip attack". LOL I think I'm going to adopt the [fill in the blank] attack terminology!

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MICKEYMAX 12/3/2013 10:57PM

    You are so fabulous!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/19/2013 1:01PM

    WOOHOO! Gaining control a little at a time is a fantastic way to progress to an overall healthy lifestyle. It sounds like you are doing it and having fun!

Continue having fun!

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    Sounds like you ARE learning to control things well. That extra will come off soon, I'm certain.
I hope you had a great time with your friend!
It's wonderful to see what you're up to. Thanks for blogging.

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 11/14/2013 11:12PM

    Sounds as though you're doing swimmingly well, lentil chips or no. Mm, lentis chips? Sound interesting.

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JET150 11/14/2013 10:15PM

    You scared me with your title- I was afraid you'd been hit by a car. Whew. your dinner sounds lovely!

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SARAWALKS 11/14/2013 9:54PM

    Well, so much for the salad with salmon or whatever...
I ended up having sea bass with chorizo and broccolini and olives and roasted peppers. Delish! And worth whatever gains I will have tomorrow...

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CASTIRONLADY 11/14/2013 9:45PM

    Good job - enjoy your friend. emoticon

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KITTYCAT64 11/14/2013 6:47PM

    Have a great time with your friend. You are doing emoticon Hugs,Cathy

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KITTYCAT64 11/14/2013 6:47PM

    Have a great time with your friend. You are doing emoticon Hugs,Cathy

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Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose...

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I'm leaving off the accents because they just make a mess...sorry, French speakers!

Finally back, feeling that I am making progress, but my weight is not that much lower than my last blog! 141.4 this AM. 141.8, my last blog on July 19.

Thanks to you who are still with me, despite my infidelity! I must admit that having a new iPhone makes it so much easier to track on Fitbit, and that Fitbit's food tracker is easier for me to use. Plus, I've discovered the Fitbit feature that tells me each day how many calories I have left to eat. Amazing how useful that is...

I have been up to 145 since the July 19 entry, but now thanks to the gym and a new 3-times-a-week routine on treadmill and elliptical, I finally feel that I can LIVE (ergo, EAT) and still manage to gradually lose weight.

I'm doing much better at maintaining and not binge-ing. Even though my binges were not huge they were a very bad habit. I've discovered I am just not happy eating much less than 1400 calories a day, so I have to exercise more and exercise effectively.

I've hated the treadmill in the past but am getting more into it when I pump up the incline and/or the speed, this helps me challenge myself. Ditto the elliptical, I try to vary the intervals and go a bit higher in terms of resistance each session. Yes, there is the boredom issue, but going every other day helps with that, plus I make sure my music is really energizing. Klezmer is my absolute fave for exercise.

Colder weather has hit and that means we want to eat more. I was SO CLOSE to the 130s last weekend...2/10ths of a pound away...and then I blew it. But this new routine - I feel confident I will get there again, and manage to attain my 135 goal by early next year.

Thinking of all you peeps and wishing you the absolute I obsess about learning French and preparing for my weekly tutoring sessions and getting ready for next year's trip to France!

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Oops, forgot about the plantar fascitis...that got in my way a bit is much better now thanks to many hints from YOU! emoticon emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 11/5/2013 11:57AM

    Sounds like you're right in the swing of things.
Boredom factor on the treadmill is huge, and changing speeds and incline helps at least a little bit. I've chosen to take it outside and get my cardio by hiking. Beats the treadmill any day :)
Wishing you continued success on your journey.

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/5/2013 7:22AM

    I am glad you are learning what works for you! This is so important!

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    The trackers sound great. So does your exercise program and nutrition intake.
You are definitely learning that French as best you can. WTG :)
You will get there, for sure.
I'm so glad for you that the plantar fasciitis is so much improved!
It was a treat to read a blog from you! :)

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/25/2013 11:49AM

    WOOHOO! Sounds like you are having a lot of fun and success. Miss you here but understand that you need to use what works for you. Glad you are finally getting to where you enjoy (mostly) the exercise and are having fun getting where you want to be. Congrats!

Have fun!

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It moved!

Friday, July 19, 2013

AND Mr. Yo-yo moved out too. He's begging to come back but I am being firm...

"It" of course is Mr. Scale.
And not just because I kicked him to a different corner of the bathroom...

Finally, this AM, 141.8. I know it doesn't seem like much, but after two weeks at 143, I was so happy to see change in the right direction.

The victory equally is to be beating the starve/stuff syndrome. I found the emotional eaters group a week or so ago and someone had posted this link:

I've never been bulimic, but the way Kathryn Hansen discussed her eating issues resonated with me. I had to face the fact that I hadn't confronted the longterm nature of this journey - OR my tendency to kid myself about my evening stuffing and morning starving - OR my tendency to kid myself about the effect of even small amounts of alcohol in boosting the tendency to binge.

So, even though it's been horribly hot and really hard to make myself walk, I said, Gotta do it. Even if the scale doesn't move. Maybe I'll be 143 for the rest of my be it, at least I will be stronger and I will know that I have a choice when it comes to food and my retirement will NOT be one long snack! At the very least, I am truly learning to maintain, even if I seem incapable of losing...

55WALKER's countdown has really helped me too. When I see that number in the morning, I know where I am in the current phase of the journey. And I have to come to terms with my impatience and my desire to progress quickly, at the cost of healthy patterns.

Yah, I know that I will probably zig up again tomorrow since that is the nature of things. But it helps to have seen some progress - since it seems my big problem with a slow journey is that it's hard to see the progress and hang with the program.

It's day 42. No matter where I am on day 1, I AM finally forming new habits.
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CHIPPEE 7/30/2013 5:05PM

    Good for you. Once again you are such an encouragement and bring so much wisdom to the whole process.
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CELLO23 7/30/2013 5:03PM

    Just read this, Sara - good to hear of breakthrough. They are mental as much as physical! I find stress and reward are reasons for my scoff-brain to override the more sensible one. And the scoffing tends to be carbs/choc rather than - um - veg. (let's face it) But forewarned is forearmed! Keep on at it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    You are so inspirational. So glad for you for this success. :)

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/19/2013 7:21PM

    Congrats on getting rid of Mr YoYo. Have fun living your new healthy life. Love the sentiment on the blog you quoted.

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    A change of 1.2 counts at all times, but especially when Mr. Yo-Yo has been visiting and you're developing not only new habits, but new attitudes. And, not that I'm competitive, mind you, 141.8 sounds very much like little from where I sit.

Evening stuffing that goes into late night is my stock in trade. Sometimes I determine that I'll adjust the next day or two's calories downward to compensate, but it never works out that way. Beside lacking enough willpower, I also see cutting down as a form of punishment which, in turn, I see as a sad thing.

You sound great.


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Thanks for sharing. You are doing GREAT!!

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55WALKER 7/19/2013 8:10AM

    Evening stuffing, morning starving? Hey, that sounds familiar!
Glad the countdown is working for you too.

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Counting down, ditching Mr. Yoyo

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

My last blog was April 24 and I THOUGHT I was getting serious... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

It's been oscillation city, folks...or yoyoville...whatever you want to call it.

Whereas the image I'd like is more like a down elevator or escalator...

But I am wrestling with Core Stuff here and you know how that is!

My Core Stuff seems to be the classic yoyo syndrome. Two or three days of eating and exercising well (but probably eating a bit too little) and two or three days of bingeing just enough to destroy my gains, due to the aforementioned "too little" days.

Also Core Stuff for me is Carbs At Night. I think it was Bren's blog that flipped this light switch for me (that's JITZUROE for those of you who don't know Bren...but doesn't everyone know Bren? If you don't, you should...her awesomeness quotient is way up there.).

Also someone mentioned the Bedtime Banana. (just figured out that this was GREASYJOAN - thanks, Natalie)

OK, I admit this is not what I yearn for at Bedtime (nasty minds get out of gutter please, thank you) but I will settle for it and I do find that it is often quite satisfying, carb and sugar-wise.

So - last week was unprecedented. I was down 2.5 lbs in four days...until Friday rolled around & movie-with-the-girls night bounced me back up a half pound. Recognizing the yoyo effect, I said, "Fine, Mr. Yoyo, I will just play with you a bit this weekend, but come Monday, you have to go home."

So I let myself have a Few Treats...but on Monday I resumed good behavior, but - and here's the point - I Didn't Overdo It!

Wasn't sure if this would work, but hey, said I to self, at least if I can beat Mr. Yoyo, that's progress. All right, it's only Tuesday, but I'm back to 143 - where I was on Thursday last week.

I'm aiming to lose a pound a week by this method. Aiming for more of a loss invites Mr. Yoyo to take up permanent residence and I think we need a divorce.

The countdown is SO helpful. I'm thanking 55WALKER here, who started this with a friend of hers. She posts a number every morning - there are nearly two months left in the countdown - and our goal is to lose 10 lbs by day 1. I have lost 8, if I can maintain where I am now through the week.

Oddly enough, setting a goal means nothing to me unless I have a daily reminder of how much time I have left. The ticker doesn't help. But ticking off this number every morning is a GREAT reminder of where I am on this journey to divorce the Yoyo Man.

Thanks to all my Spark friends because I know that reading about your journeys has contributed to this light bulb...a special thanks also to TINAJANE in Italy who has written so well about maintenance. Losing involves maintaining, the two are not different at all, one requires the other.
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CHIPPEE 7/8/2013 9:07PM

    Thanks. You are always so encouraging. emoticon

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CELLISTA1 7/2/2013 10:03PM

    I have nothing brilliant to add to this insightful blog except to say:


Toss that yo-yo in the trash, unless it's yo-yo ma.

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    It looks like you are getting to know yourself and the way you work better! Great to read this! Now you lost me with the Carbs at night and banana thing!!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/2/2013 3:06PM

    I think that you are on to something here. Great idea using the countdown method to get where you want to go. I agree that a smaller goal that you can consistently meet helps.

Have fun!

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    Good thoughts for me to ponder, as I play with the yoyo a bit too often as well....

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Mano a mano...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

That wrestling analogy is kind of how I feel. But it IS getting me somewhere.

Last blog was April 11, a Thursday. Today is April 24, Wednesday. So - two weeks out from that resolution about patience and sustainability and being grateful for small progress -

I am 143.2, down from 143.6. So, big whoops? No, but yes...

During that two-week period, I was 143.6 or less for seven days.
On four days, I was 144-something.
On two days, I was 145-something.

I've written down my food intake every day except two.
I've had major stress at times, low sleep nights, etc. but haven't given in to major binge-ing.
It feels like I am finding a balance I can live with.

The other big change - my work computer is now at standing height, on the second floor of my house, and I am going to leave it there. This means every time I work or take a break, I have to do some stairs.

I've also discovered that standing is majorly tiring. We knew that, yeah, but it's been a long time since I worked a cashier's job and experienced how tiring it can be. My computer work is often in brief stints which is not so bad, but this week I've had major projects to finish so the standing has been a challenge. I've figured out how not to stress myself with posture, and it's gradually getting easier to do this. It doesn't burn many extra calories but I do think it has an impact on my body which has to remain more active and in better alignment.

What with keeping up my usual daily walks and as much ST as I can manage, when I do sleep through the night, I sleep REALLY well.
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Weather is getting better for outdoor walking, my favorite thing!
And the search for my replacement will soon be reaching the interview stage. We may even have someone hired toward the end of next month!
That will be major stress relief.
But it's fine to know that I can deal with this stress without constant compensatory snacking. Thanks to so many of you who support and click and just plain remember I am there and say hello from time to time.

I am going to be more active here once this job search is done so I will give back what I have received.

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MAIA2011 5/5/2013 10:32AM

    Low sleep nights make me HUNGRY! (And ANGRY!) Good job on controlling your food intake accordingly!

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CANNIE50 4/28/2013 12:22AM

    It sounds like you are managing quite well during this time of transition - good for you. Yes, just not sitting so much seems to have a noticeable impact on our health. Standing is tiring but I find that sitting too long makes me so stiff and sore, more sore than running or strength training! I am glad you are doing so well.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/25/2013 9:54PM

    WOOHOO! Sounds like a great two weeks. Keep moving my friend.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/25/2013 11:57AM

    This is great news, bravo Sara! I am very glad you are sleeping well, I am sure it is helping to keep you sane in this crazy and stressful time! ;-)
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CELLO23 4/25/2013 5:23AM

    Sounds like you're doing a fab job! Easy to let things go when it's stressful, and you've kept right on track.

Interested in seeing how things are working out with the standing desk - you'll definitely be burning more cals, just through shifting about more, and it's bound to be better for posture, energy etc.

Thank goodness the weather is picking up. I want to get out on the bike!

Go girl!

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CELLISTA1 4/25/2013 12:11AM

    I love that you feel you've found a balance. That is most wonderful. I am full of admiration. I am a little full of envy, too, because I should be weighing in the 140s and I'm not there. But I'm supportive and proud of you, as always!

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    What a fun blog, a veritable smorgasbord of complementary dishes. I'm glad you pointed me here to read about the standing desk. It would be fine for brief periods, but the longer stretches sound over the top. Now that I think of it, I recall an item some time ago about these desks being installed in a school for student use. High school at the very least, I'd hope.

And thank you for the encouragement in form of Official Lucy Van Pelt Boxing Gloves. Ding-ding-ding. (Does Fitbit make sounds?)

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    Good news, good news, good news! Yeah!

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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2013 8:32PM

    You are doing great: it's ALL about "small progress" . . . small enough so that we can keep it up! If I can't do it for the rest of my life . . . then it's not going to be sustainable, right?

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