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Life as a Yo-Yo

Sunday, May 06, 2012

emoticon For one, maybe even three days I'm on top of the world. My scale is going down, I'm full of energy, and I feel full of hope that I will reach my goal.

emoticon But then the scale goes up for no apparent reason. I'm still eating right, doing my walking and whatever else I can think of to help it along. My spirits hang on the edge, and sometimes slip right over the edge, down into the "pit of despair."

emoticon I may stay on the high end for 2 or 3 days before suddenly the scale and all the rest starts to fall into place and I'm on my way down again.

It's just a constant up and down. I was flying high and almost to make it out of the 140's and into those coveted 130's the end of February. Then March was not a good month. It seemed that no matter what I tried it wasn't good enough. The scale continued to rise, and I felt like a whole year was going down the drain. But I was determined.

April was a little better. Although a bit of the yo-yo stuff was going on, at the end of the month it was lower than at the beginning of the month. I was definitely making some progress.

Now we're into May. Things have been going pretty good. My weigh-in on Saturday was 142.6 and I felt fairly good about that. Then in the afternoon I had stomach cramps and just literally didn't feel good at all. I spent the last 4 hours of the day trading off between laying down and spending time in the bathroom (you can guess why)!

Although much of this is from being sick, my scale read 141 this morning! So whatever the reason, I'll take it, I can see those 130's just struggling to get through to me!
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LYNETTEMOM 5/10/2012 2:33PM

    you and me, babe. I wish it was a consistent downward progress but that doesn't happen. My one year anniv with Sparkpeople is coming up and I was really hoping that one year would be sufficient for reaching my goal but that darn up and down.....!
Just gotta keep at it.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/8/2012 1:42PM

    Sorry you "got that bug", too. My DGD#1, DD and I have had those days, too. Unpleasant to say the least. But........sounds like you get on that darn scale WAY too often. I am sure you have discovered that our weight can and DOES fluctuate througout the day and each day and seemingly only to put our moods in the pits of dispair!! You can do this. Stay away from the scale but once/week and maybe it won't do that so much! Don't set yourself up for a fall. Ok, I'm not yelling at you. Sorry if it sounds like that. Just giving you a nudge. You will be in the 130's soon. emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 5/7/2012 10:02AM

    Sorry to hear you were sick. It's not a pleasant way to drop the weight, but it helped you gain momentum, so just go from there! You're peeking around the corner of the 30''re going to see it soon! Hang in there! emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 5/6/2012 6:26PM

    You are not doing bad at all and you will see those 130's.


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NONNAJEANIE 5/6/2012 6:15PM

    I'm sorry you were so sick, but glad to see you on the trend you hoped for. Weight is a tricky monster sometimes! I don't want to always have it as a monkey on my shoulder, so I only check it every little while. Consequently I haven't been yo-yo ing but I also have not been losing. And yet I haven't been gaining so I'll count that as a win!

I've got a goal now because we've finally signed up for our anniversary trip to Italy. Maybe that will light a fire under me! You can get into the 130's, I can get into the 160's. Been a long time.

God bless you -- Jeanie

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GALINAZ 5/6/2012 4:41PM

    When the scale is going cuckoo, I focus on other goals; losing inches, or getting a few seconds off my treadmill pace, stuff like that. Success in another area balances out the dips in others.

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/6/2012 3:38PM

    I hear ya I am a yo yo too so hope May will be my month to get to my goal or close to it - keep up the good work and you will see the 130 soon

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Body Aches and Pains

Thursday, May 03, 2012

After spending a few days painting the outside of our house both DH and I decided we were just too old to do the painting up on the scaffolding, and we hired some help. At right about the same time my renters moved out of the home I had been living in before getting married and unfortunately, she left it in a COMPLETE MESS! I was over there three days in a row, mowing the lawn, pre-treating spots (lots of them) on the carpet, vacuuming and then shampooing great room, master bedroom and two spare bedrooms. And the tile all needed scrubbing, as well as going over the baseboards, and all the rest of the stuff that takes you from FILTHY to CLEAN!
It's little wonder that my body felt like someone had been beating on me! Or maybe I got run over by an 18-wheeler!

Best way to relax and let your body heal is to get away from it all. And that's just what we did. Wednesday we came up to our summer home in the mountains. Cool evenings/nights and a temperature of around 70 to 75 during the day. Plus "nothing to do." I slept more hours than I care to admit, take naps, go for walks, and have eaten healthy. I also brought my painting supplies along this trip, so I'm ready to create something wonderful. It's only Thursday today, and I'm already feeling 75% better!

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PSMITH3841 5/7/2012 9:54AM

    What a wonderful way to re-coup! A little R & R with do it every time!!!! (Hey, did you guys forget you were retired? Busy work OK... back breaking work...just wait one darn minute!) emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/6/2012 12:21PM

    How nice you have somewhere to get away and relax! Rest up and feel great!! emoticon

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NONNAJEANIE 5/4/2012 3:15PM

    Hi Eve! I love the sound of your getaway - you definitely deserved it! All that cleaning was good exercise, and I think it makes you feel good to take something dingy and get it sparkling. Good for the soul.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jeanie in Tennessee
Loves mountains too


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CATLADY52 5/4/2012 2:53PM

    Plenty of exercise because of the cleaning, not the best of reasons. Escaping to the mountains sounds like it is much more relaxing than living in the valley with the heat.


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VITCHY-VICKI 5/4/2012 8:09AM

    I too wish I had a place to go to relax maybe one day - so enjoy your time there the work can wait - glad your feeling better can't wait to see the new painting

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MEEZERMOM2 5/4/2012 7:50AM

    Oh, that sounds so nice...the "getaway", not the work! It would be heaven to have a place to "go to" to get away & just relax & chill. Enjoy!

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STILLFLYIN 5/3/2012 10:58PM

    SO glad you are feeling better. You have been so busy with so many tasks lately. The change sounds wonderful!

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UMBILICAL 5/3/2012 10:55PM

  Me too!

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At the End of the Day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

As I look out over the setting sun, I wonder where the day went -- and go over my accomplishments or lack of.

The day started early as I heard our painters (2 helpers) arrive through the back gate. It also jogged the memory that I had not finished masking off the windows as the wind was too strong last night. It was literally ripping the paper right out of my hands. So I dragged myself out of bed, splashed water on my face, and pulling on my "paint" clothes - headed out the door!

As I finished up a window I had started the evening before, one of the men approached me and said "they could do the job faster." At first I felt a glimmer of irritation, but realizing his statement was definitely true, I smiled and agreed with him. So when that window was done I headed for the front of the house to make little touch-ups on the garage door. Finishing up the paint in my bucket, I went into the house, already drenched with sweat. And why not? It was already 95F outside, and this was 9:30 a.m.

Ever since we started the huge task of repainting our home on the outside I have been bothered with a knot at the very top of my spine. It makes me wonder when this is all over if I will ever be able to stand up straight, pull back my shoulders, and not feel pain? I suppose I will, but it's like when you are a few days into the flu, you wonder if you will ever feel good again.

So my accomplishments for today:
* Painted/masked off windows for a total of 3 hours
* Changed the linens on our king-sized bed
* Ate healthy, kept within my 1200 calorie food plan
* Got quite a lot of moving around type of exercise
* Drank at least 8 glasses of water

Things I did not get done:
* Failed to reach my 7500 step goal for the day
* Did not do a regular exercise plan, did not go to the gym

As a pro and con person, I think my pro's definitely outweighed my con's! So all-in-all, I feel good about the day! Another day, another success!

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CATLADY52 4/30/2012 5:29PM

    You can accomplish many small things without any major effort. But I would say that in 95 degree heat you might want to do everything indoors with the air conditioner on. emoticon emoticon

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JACK714 4/27/2012 7:51AM

    I definitely don't see you as a con.

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OLDERDANDRT 4/26/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon I think your pros beat your cons, too!

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PSMITH3841 4/25/2012 4:20PM

    I agree, this was definitely a "pro" day....If you keep up this pace, we're going to have to put you in bubble wrap until you recover! emoticon Can't wait to see what you're up to next!

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/25/2012 7:11AM

    I would call that a busy day and a lot of exercise so you did good
Keep up the good work and glad someone else is painting the house for you
Enjoy your day

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Are you a Yo-Yo? It's Not Always a Bad Thing!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

emoticon or emoticon Do you lose weight steadily for 3 or 4 days, maybe even longer and then suddenly the scale goes up .2 and the next day .6 and then maybe the next day you lose a pound? Truly you are a yo-yo.

Ever since I decided to start living a healthy lifestyle I have been a yo-yo. But being I'm one of those people who keep records, writing things down, making graphs, etc. I started looking over some of the things I've written and collected over the past 3 years or so and I discovered that being a yo-yo does not mean that I'm a failure.

My heaviest weight was 162, and while that may not sound like much to some of you, all my life has been spent with weights ranging from 105 to 119 -- so yes, 162 was a big thing to me. So I was thrilled when I discovered Spark People, and thought that at last here was a place where I could again get down to the 120 pound person that lived inside me. It was discouraging because I lost slowly, but I kept on. Looking back on it I saw by my monthly weigh in on a chart I maintained the first year I ranged somewhere between 162 to 157. The next year was more like 157 to 150 and the third year saw me in the 150 to 141 range.

So it's not always a bad thing. And a 1 or 2 pound weight gain can come from a number of reasons. Too much sodium will do it. Not enough water will do it. Overeating will do it. Lack of exercise will do it.

Basically to consistently lose weight you have to monitor your food intake and be consistent in the amount of exercise you get. So when you slip up on either of those categories, you can expect to see the scale register that something wasn't right.

But I was reading today that the people who eat a rigid diet and never vary from their allotted amount of calories may not be able to continue on like that forever. It's good to "slip up" once in awhile, in moderation, of course. So if you haven't had a dish of ice cream in two or three months, I'd say you are due for one. But don't let it demolish your food plan, kind of plan it into your food intake.

And don't get so shook up over the scale going up and down. It's pretty normal -- look at the long range, are you doing the yo-yo with lower numbers? If so you are still winning! Of course if you are yo-yo-ing in "higher" numbers, better check out what you're eating.

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PSMITH3841 4/23/2012 10:55AM

    Yep, I'm definitely a Yo-Yo....sometimes, so much of one, I get dizzy! But I am dropping the weight. Maybe not as quickly as I would like, but losing none the less....that's a good thing. emoticon

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ROEANDGO 4/23/2012 10:11AM

    Love this! I agree that restricting yourself too much will have the opposite affect. Thanks for the reminder!

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JACK714 4/23/2012 9:57AM

    I think that's just how the body works. I'm with you. That's our story and we are sticking with it.

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CATLADY52 4/22/2012 4:47PM

    I'd rather be a Yo-yo than a big, soft cream puff any day. emoticon
At least I'm a Yo-yo with a three pound range. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 4/22/2012 7:57AM

    Yes! It's the overall trend that counts.

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/22/2012 7:53AM

    Yes that is me a YO YO so guess that is ok as long as I don't go back to the 200 I am fine with it so I will keep trying

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Thoughts for Today!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Iíve had a healthy lunch,
Iíve even had a walk.
Calories, protein, fat and carbs,
Just enough of each one you see
To make me smile with glee!

My dogís losing weight,
And I am too
The beloved number on the scale
Certainly has an effect on me!
With the smile on my face, who would disagree?

My blood pressure has hit a new low
My list of healthy recipes is continuing to grow
One of these days if this keeps up
Iíll get the coveted ďMotivator of the DayĒ
And it wonít be because of good luck!

You see Iím one of the many folks
Not the uninformed, unknowning bloch
Iím with the in-crowd now
Itís healthy all the way!
Come and join me, itís all I have to say!

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CATLADY52 4/18/2012 9:17AM

    You're One Cool Mama. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 4/17/2012 9:21AM

    emoticon Loved IT!!!!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/16/2012 3:08PM

    emoticonnice smile and great poem

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