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Do You Ever Feel Ambivalent?

Monday, May 24, 2010

emoticon On one hand I want to eat healthy, exercise and be the best I can be! But on the other hand, sometimes I get sick and tired of making the right choices and doing my exercises; I look at myself and my life and I have to wonder who would notice if I just ate everything in sight, and layed around watching TV.

You know when those days roll around, it was either because the weather wasn't just right (maybe cold and rainy) or maybe the scale was up instead of down; it could have been something as simple as just plain being tired. Just because you had 8 hours of sleep doesn't mean you can't wake up tired. You could have been restless, awake off and on, or maybe there is something on your mind.

How do you get through days like that without wrecking your whole week? I have found that if you track the food you plan on eating, you will probably start off OK, and if you flub up a little later in the day at least it won't be a complete disaster. And DO NOT (yes! in caps) DO NOT let one day rule your life! So you had a bad day -- we all do, so take it in stride, do the best you can and start over fresh in the morning.

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CATLADY52 5/24/2010 12:45PM

    So very, very true. Thank you for reminding us all.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 5/24/2010 11:36AM

    wonderful. So many of the members on spark feel just the same way, including me!

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ANNANN63 5/24/2010 11:10AM

    I completely understand what you are talking about. I had great difficulties losing weight and maintaining any weight loss for most of my life (including my childhood). What has changed for me is my motivation. I NEED (note caps and note I did not say want) to be as healthy as possible. As I age I have finally realized that how much I weigh has a significant effect on my health and I want to be as healthy as possible. Vanity has very little to do with my new lifestyle. I am enjoying feeling better in clothing and the compliments are lovely. But I am doing this for a healthy future. So on a really difficult day (such as traveling and dealing with family that is sometimes difficult for me) I might indulge but I have yet to say "what the heck, I'll just eat whatever I want and deal with weight loss later." Even when I ate a lot of potato chips (a problem food) I left the sweets alone.

I truly believe the "why" of losing weight and exercising drives motivation. With the right motivation, every day is important and the deviation from the food and exercise plans are minimal. I personally also have a wide acceptable calorie range with the upper limit really a maintenance level. I do this so the times when things are hard I can still stay in my range even eating stuff I wouldn't eat normally. I want to stay successful as it encourages me to continue being successful.

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LIS193 5/24/2010 11:01AM

    We all have bad days, it's how you deal with them.... Sometimes I can fight the urge, other days I give in and get back on track the next day. Having lost the bulk and now fighting to stay in my comfortable zone there are up and down days... as long as I stay in my "zone" (142-145) I can handle that, it's when I go above my "panic point" (145) I need to get seriously back on track for a week or so. That's where I'm at now.. I'm back in my zone but need to get to the low end of it.

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PSMITH3841 5/24/2010 9:52AM

    Shoot, that's darn near every day....and I screw up more often than I would care to admit...but, when I chose to go on this journey, I kind of expected that behavior...but I am determined to make me a healthier me! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/24/2010 9:34AM

    I know I have been there and said who cares anyway?

But I keep trying for one day I will be at my goal even if it takes me longer then I want it to take but I will keep trying

emoticonwish they had one that said WE can do this also for we can do this one step at a time

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BARBIE66 5/24/2010 7:32AM

    It is so ture to the word...remember take baby steps all the way.. emoticon emoticon

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BORTEI 5/24/2010 7:24AM

    So very true and very wise words.
Thank you Eve.


Best Wishes,


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Keeping Track is Important...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

emoticon I have always been overly confident in my ability to "know what was going on -- no guidelines needed for me!" well, as smug as that sounds, I had my "ah ha" moment this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw yet another drop of 0.6 making my total loss close to 2.5 pounds! It showed me that what I 'thought' I was eating wasn't true at all, I obviously HAD to be consuming more calories than I thought -- because I was gaining weight. I read about an experiment, tracking your food by planning out your menu's ahead of time, allowing a certain amount of calories for each meal, and coming up with a pre-planned total amount of calories for the day! I was skeptical.....I don't mind admitting it; after all, I was sure I wasn't overeating!

Day one of my Plan gave me an 0.8 pound drop, Day two was even better with a full pound -- then it stayed the same for a couple of days going neither up nor down. Today was another drop of 0.6 so who can blame me for being ecstatic!

My advice to anyone who is a yo-yo all over the place, or putting on a few pounds is to get back on the Nutrition Tracker! You may be eating more than you think so plan it out, and if it's not on your menu for the day, then DON'T put it in your mouth. No! Not even if it's just 40 or 50 calories!

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ANNANN63 5/23/2010 9:06PM

    I agree with you completely. If you really want to lose weight, you have to carefully monitor your eating and do a reasonable amount of exercise.

I have been in "maintenance mode" for about 3 weeks. I had great difficulty keeping my eating in the low range of my allowed calories per day due to some stress associated with planning and then taking the trip. I decided that I could eat right up to the maximum calories allowed until I got home. It made life easier being able to have some higher calorie foods and a few extra treats and I am thrilled that I did not gain. Now I am home and feeling calm and am back on track. Sometimes we do need a day or even more where we give ourselves permission to eat more but when we really want to lose, we have to track the calories carefully.

Congratulations on the weight loss. Great job.

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/23/2010 7:37AM

    I know if I would just stick to the plan I had last year I would be down but I just can't get my mind back in the game
But so glad your doing so good keep up the good work
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BLESSED2BEME 5/22/2010 8:54PM

    emoticon emoticon So glad you found another step in the positive on your journey!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 5/22/2010 4:14PM

    You are so right. Good for you!

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PSMITH3841 5/22/2010 3:58PM

    Wow great job...I am SOOO not a planner, but looks to me like I should really consider this...I'm working on this adding calories to my nutrition totals, to keep up with my exercise calorie burn and so far it seems to be working, albeit very slowly....Maybe if I combine the two...hmmmmm....

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A New Plan!'s working!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

emoticon In one of the Spark Articles I recently read it tells about a plan and it appealed to me; after all, what I was doing certainly wasn't showing any great results! Yesterday was my first day and I love the results! Basically here is how it works:

1. Use your low-end calorie allowance for how many calories you can consume. As my range is 1200-1550, that put me at 1200 calories for the day.

2. Divide your calories up between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack (opt)

3. Plan your menu ahead of time to keep you on track. You can do one day at a time or the entire week. I do it only a day at a time, entering all my food on the tracker, that way I can add, delete -- whatever it takes to get it to come out right and there may be days that I'm just a bit low or high in one category or the other but my calorie count with be very, very close to 1200.

4. Last rule: No eating or drinking 2 hours before bedtime (this helps so you do not have to run to the bathroom all the time too) lol

It also advised not weighing in for the entire week. I can't abide by that rule as I feel absolutely LOST if I can't do my morning weigh-in. And guess what! After just one day of doing this I lost .8 -- way to go, baby!

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CATLADY52 5/20/2010 10:36PM

    This sounds like it may work out. Keep up the good work.

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BLESSED714 5/19/2010 9:14PM

    I just read your blog, and you motivated me. Thank you. I have the same calorie range, and I am going to do the same thing, divide everything up, and no food or water before bed (that is my ruination). Good luck, it will work for you.

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WALEB1002 5/19/2010 6:52PM

    I use this plan too and love it! glad its working for you! emoticon

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BORTEI 5/19/2010 6:41PM

    Best Wishes Eve. I trust this works out for you.


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VITCHY-VICKI 5/19/2010 6:29PM

    emoticonHope this works out

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PSMITH3841 5/19/2010 3:20PM

    Hmmm...that sounds like a pretty good plan, I just might give that a try. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 5/19/2010 2:19PM

    Woo Hoo! I got tired just reading about your plan though - lol! No really, I'm excited for you! I'm not ready to meet that level of commitment. Thanks for the encouraging idea!

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DUMBELLE 5/19/2010 1:24PM

    So happy to hear that's working for you. Way to go!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 5/19/2010 1:21PM

    Good luck with your updated plan!

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.2's and .4's --it all adds up!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

emoticon Have you ever noticed that when you gain weight by indulging at a favorite restaurant you usually put on a pound, sometimes even more! But then on the other hand, when you are working hard to take that gain back off it seems to come off in .2's and .4's. Slow but sure!

I don't know why a person's body seems to have the tendency to put the weight on so quickly and is so reluctant to let it go again. It's kind of like it ADORES fat and once it gets ahold of it, it doesn't want to let it go!

If anyone out there knows how to make this "release" happen sooner and in a smoother fashion, let me know. Otherwise it's just drink water, eat right and be sure to get in some exercise.

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THPEAKY 5/20/2010 7:56AM

    I love reading your posts because so many times you write what I am thinking! I had to be away over the last weekend to a conference and had meals "out" with very young therapist attendees. I had a great time but didn't get enough sleep and ate some goodies. Those two are a big whammy on me! I just have to wham back.

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LIS193 5/19/2010 10:34AM

    Every little bit adds up... or in this case down :)
Our bodies are programmed to hold on to weight... "in case of lean times". Of course nowadays there are no "lean" times anymore.
Way to go on the downward trend!

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PSMITH3841 5/18/2010 8:31PM

    So true! the kids say..."What's up with that!" I guess, we need to listen to Sally and keep plugging away! emoticon

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LOVES_ANIMALS 5/18/2010 7:26PM

    I don't know, but I am happy that you are plugging away!!

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BLESSED2BEME 5/18/2010 2:58PM

    I've been stuck at exactly the same weight for two weeks now (yes, I'm weighing more than once a week which doesn't help my personal journey). It is so frustrating to see exactly the same thing every day when I have a scale that weights to the 1/10 of a pound!!!

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Making it Work!

Monday, May 17, 2010

emoticon I've read some of the motivational articles and sometimes feel that I'm the last runner in a marathon. These articles are supposed to get you all worked up and motivated, and don't get me wrong, the people who have taken the time to write them are doing great things! In fact, so great that I feel like there must be something wrong with me as I've been on this site for over 2 years now and I'm still not at my goal weight!

Sure, I've made progress, and I've picked up a lot of healthy habits and dropped a few that weren't so healthy, but I don't feel that I'm "outstanding" and sometimes as I am the leader on a few different teams, I wonder if I am the example they should have in front of them.

But, you know, perhaps that is EXACTLY the kind of person that needs to lead a team. I'm not perfect, I have my good days and my bad days. I go up and down on the scale. I can talk the talk, but there are times I don't seem to walk the walk. Is it a good thing that I can relate to the problems that others are facing? Sure, I have probably faced some of those same problems, and I don't always win.

Bottom line is that I'm much healthier than I was 2 years ago!
Bottom line is that I'm about 15 pounds lighter than I was 2 years ago!
Bottom line is that I haven't given up -- and I won't -- not until I step on the scale for about 6 months in a row and I'm happy with the number! Either that or when I slip easily into that dream size 8!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 5/17/2010 5:16PM

    Great perspective!

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PSMITH3841 5/17/2010 11:16AM

    Me Too!!!! After reading about the wonderful accomplishments of others, I sometimes, feel that I must not be doing something right, I should be at my goal by now....but, like you, I take a step back and review my changes (subtle as they may be), and I smile, my accomplishments may not be earth-shaking, but they ARE there and with all the stumbling and back-sliding, I'm making progress and that's what counts emoticon

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THPEAKY 5/17/2010 9:22AM

    I really have to look back at the years when you DECIDED to change and mark your progress from that point. I ahve been on Sparkpeople off and on for a similar amount of time (I lost track) and you just have decide every day to do SOMETHING to be healthier. Abysmally slow...also means babysteps. Babies when they walk still can crawl but they seldom return to crawling unless something interrupts the process.
I know for myself having come in off a weekend seminar on a particular aspect of my work to feel like because I didn't know this technique before I have shortchanged my patients (I am a speech therapist dealing with swallowing disorders). I can spend some "drive time" going to work today and beat myself up for not doing those things or get my fanny BUSY and change the pattern. Baby steps.
Back to the point: the most important thing is to DECIDE to change. Hang in there!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/17/2010 8:53AM

    I feel the same way for this is my second year and I am still not at my goal but someone told me here at Sparks as long as your trying your on the right path.
So never give up and one day we will see our goal here too.
Your a great leader and glad to know that I am not the only one who has not got to my goal in two years.
We will get there one day at a time.
Thanks for being a leader in one of my groups and for all the support you give me to keep trying.
God's Blessings

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DRAMAQUEEN1913 5/17/2010 2:09AM

    I like your perspective! I have also been on SP for about 2 years; however, this is my first active month back in a long time. It's usually for an immediate goal (20th reunion last time, dance recital costume this time) but I would like to convert this more into a lifestyle for myself and my husband. I hope to get back into my ideal weight range and maintain instead of being slightly over.

Keep fighting!


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