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Day/Dydd 41

Friday, January 31, 2014

Yesterday's Progress:
Calories: 1380 (within range)
Calories Burned: 1743
Steps: 2710

I'm quite pleased with what I did yesterday, as the numbers don't tell the whole story. The calories eaten are accurate, but the calories burned and steps amounts are actually lower than in reality as I had my FitBit off for a few hours during the day while the battery was being charged. (I have to start doing that at night.) I know I climbed stairs several times while it was off, so that's good.

The part I'm most pleased about with yesterday, though, is that not only did I stay within my calorie range, but I also stayed within range for all of my nutrition categories (i.e. carbs, fat, and protein). Recently, even when I was within my calorie range, I was usually over on fat, or low on protein, or both.

I've also been doing better with my water consumption over the past few days. I'm not right up to my 8 - 10 glasses per day, but I've been hitting 7 glasses consistently. So, that's going in the right direction.

Best of all, I re-lost those two pounds that I "found" last week.

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SCUBAMUM 1/31/2014 2:26PM

    Thanks, Sarah. Actually, I found it VERY hard to start drinking water; but the more I drink, the easier it becomes.

One trick I've used with myself is to say that I'm not allowed to drink anything but water until I've drunk 5 glasses during the day. That usually puts me into the evening anyway, so there's not as much temptation to drink other things.

On the same subject, we just went to the dentist yesterday. He was happy with me (who drinks mostly water), but not so happy with DH. He had two tiny cavities. The dentist told him it was due to all the acidic drinks that he drinks. It's not the sugar, because he mainly drinks diet soda; but the acid in his drinks is causing problems with his teeth. Same thing with my son, who gave up soda years ago because of his teeth, but still drinks a lot of fruit juice. If only I cook get them to drink tea, like civilized people.

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SARAHG2014 1/31/2014 10:31AM

    I wish I could get better at drinking the water. You'd think it would be so easy, wouldn't you? All you have to do is drink 8 pretty small glasses throughout the day... I wonder why I find it so hard. :)

Congrats on losing those 2 lb again. :)

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Day/Dydd 40

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Yesterday's Progress:
Calories: 1568 (within range)
Calories Burned: 1803
Steps: 2472

What a lovely thing it is to have friends who understand! Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my last two blogs. I can't tell you how much your support has meant to me.

As you can see, I've decided to take Sarah's and Zosbos's advice and just pick up on my day count where I would have been. I really loved Sarah's idea that I shouldn't think of these day counts as a streak (which can be broken - failed), but just as a chronicle of my journey. "This is where I am on day 40" rather than "I've managed not to break my streak for 40 days."

As part of this new beginning, I've also revamped what I'm reporting at the top of my blogs. I think recording the exact number of calories consumed and calories burned will give me a better indication of whether I'm doing what I need to do. Exercising for hours doesn't help if I let it lull me into the feeling that I can eat junk "because I've burned it off."

I worked until late in the evening yesterday; so, it was a fairly sedentary day, unfortunately. However, I can still be happy that I burned more calories than I took in.

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SARAHG2014 1/30/2014 2:51PM

    Yay! Glad to have helped a little bit! (I wondered if you'd be ready to tell me to just shut up already :P I can get a bit wordy.) I'm very happy you're feeling better and ready to post again.


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ZOSBOS 1/30/2014 11:16AM

    I was so pleased to see the title of your blog pop up in my friend feed as 'Day/dydd 40', that really brought a smile to my face.
And so the journey continues....onwards and upwards!

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A new beginning?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

OK, I've given myself a few days of "space"; but I can't keep this up, or I'm going to end up right back where I was.

I've unfortunately "found" two of the four pounds I'd lost the other week. That's not surprising. When I went to write this blog today, I was originally planning to do my old "X calories in, X minutes of exercise" heading that would cover the few days I haven't been posting. The thought of that just imobilized me, though. I felt like Bridge Jones..."Calories consumed? Oh...MILLIONS!!!" (I love Bridget Jones, BTW - at least the first two books. I haven't had the heart to try the last one, where they've killed off poor old Mark Darcy.)

Anyway, I've decided that there's nothing I can do about the past few days; so I'm just going to put them behind me and start fresh today. So far, I've been doing alright with my eating. My Spark Friend Sarah, says that the calories are the easy part for her, but the exercise gives her trouble. I'm exactly the opposite - it doesn't take much to motivate me to exercise, but snacking all evening is my downfall. So, I'm going to plan out my evening's snacks now (it's 5:30 p.m., my tea is done, and I still have 192 - 542 calories to play with). If I can stay away from the chocolate (which should be a LOT easier, since I finished all the Christmas remainders off recently), I can make this day a success.

Now, the only thing I have to decide is what to do about my blog titles. Do I pick up where I left off, calling the next one Day 35, and just ignore the missing time? Or, do I start back at Day 1 since I broke my streak and have to start building a new one? Any thoughts?

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SARAHG2014 1/30/2014 2:27AM

    Well, since you're asking for thoughts.....

I agree with Zosbos, you shouldn't start over. That's one of the things I have to fight against myself, when I fall down I feel like I have to start all over, and this time I swear I'm not going to do that. :) You'll be able to look back on this as just a little bump in the road (and it really is, ever so little). You had a couple of days where you just didn't feel like playing any more, but you picked back up super quickly! I would count each and every day, whether it was a good one or a bad one - and that goes with what you said on 'Dydd Un' :) Even if you don't track the actual calories and just go with 'way too many' or 'millions' or whatever - I think next time you have a day or two off the track, it would be helpful to be able to look back and go, 'Y'know, that happened back in January too but it was really nothing!'

Having said all that, if you're finding it immobilizing, then that's totally counterproductive, so what do I know? emoticon Either way, whether you skip the missing days and carry on with day 35, or not, please don't start over at day 1. It can be a chronicle, not a streak thing. I think calling it a streak implies a 'failure', which we all know is a terrible sense to have in this process. It hasn't been a failure, you haven't broken anything, you simply took a really brief mental break from the whole thing and then picked back up again. (And I want you to say all this back to me when I post the exact same thing as you down the line..... :P)

I am right there with you on Bridget Jones; I also read an 'interview' with Bridget as a promotional thing for the new book and they made her sound so vapid, so I haven't had the courage to try the new book yet. I'd hate for it to spoil something I hold so dear. :)

... wow this was a wordy comment. emoticon

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ZOSBOS 1/30/2014 2:08AM

    I am like you, I find the exercise part a doddle, it is the calorie intake that I struggle with, most days I am OK but others are a real battle!
I would say you should definitely not start your blog again at 'Day 1' - that is like saying you've gone right back to the beginning and doesn't take account of all that you achieved up until now. The days that you have stayed on track greatly outnumber the couple of days that you didn't, it is just a bump in the road but the journey still continues.

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SHALOMFROMWOO 1/29/2014 6:35PM

  Please don't be hard on yourself!! I felt like I was reading my own words when I read your post. Isn't it funny how the weight goes back on so quickly. I'm like you - I can start eating and just find it difficult to stop.
Hang in there - you're doing great!! Today is a new day. Tomorrow is a new day!!
You can do this - I know you can. I always feel so much better when I log on - Spin the wheel - and read and respond to our SparkPeople community.

Have a wonderful day and keep Sparking!!!! emoticon

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03191952 1/29/2014 6:30PM

  can be very challenging, bur rewarding

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Depressed - not exaggerating

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hello all:

This isn't one of my usual daily blog entries. You might have noticed that I didn't log in for the past two days. This winter just finally broke me. I spent all day Saturday working and all night eating; then, Sunday, I just stayed in my night gown all day (this NEVER happens normally) and did nothing at all but read and sleep. I just couldn't take being trapped in the house with the cold any longer.

Sunday, I woke up thinking, I HAVE to get out of here - even if I just drive to a shopping mall. Then I looked out the window at the roaring wind blowing the snow sideways and realized the roads would be a nightmare. So I stayed home yet again. Obviously, we didn't walk the dogs AGAIN. At one point, I just went to bed and pulled the covers over my head to try to muffle the sound of the wind.

I'm sorry - I usually try so hard to stay positive; but I'm just way past my breaking point with this.

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03191952 1/29/2014 6:32PM

  keep head up, think sunny days & positive things

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SCUBAMUM 1/27/2014 5:49PM

    Thanks, everyone! Much appreciated.

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ZOSBOS 1/27/2014 11:40AM

    Even the most positive people have their negative days and it's fine to have a good vent on SP - that's what we're here for.
I do hope you get a break in the weather soon.

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SARAHG2014 1/27/2014 10:12AM

    Hey, wasn't it you that told me never to apologise in my blog for being depressing? Right back at you, lady! Don't apologise. If you can't let it out on SP, I dunno where you can.

I understand. I used to feel exactly the same way in Phoenix - for the opposite reason. All I wanted to do was be outside and walk and explore but it was too darn hot! I'd love to be able to offer words of advice but I have none; I do however have lots of sympathy. I deal with general depression on and off - more on than off but I try really hard to ignore it, pretend it isn't there, etc. Not the healthiest way to deal with it because it's been there for years so what I'm doing clearly isn't helping much, but enh. It's what I do. Hubby is great at just giving me permission (not that I need it from him, I need it from myself, but he's good at being a proxy for this) to just have a down day. Or couple of days. Then I pick myself up and life continues. It's okay every so often to have a pyjama day, especially when you can't even go anywhere and see anyone or do anything even if you wanted to! And on the plus side - anywhere (except y'know, Antarctica) where the weather is that bad in the winter makes for a beautiful spring and summer. It's around the corner; the snowdrops are coming out in my garden, so I can tell, despite the crappy weather! (Yes, I know it's much, much worse weather where you are. :( :( )

I'm going to stop rambling now. But just don't apologise for feeling horrible or expressing it. It happens, and expressing it allows people to say 'we care'. :)


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TIME4ME2BE 1/27/2014 9:41AM

    We are allowed to crash and moan. Its all part of the psyche of the year of the miserable winter.
Make sure you have a good level of Vitamin D in your system to make up for what you are losing indoors, then take advantage of the winter weather. I have a list of things that I ONLY do when the weather is crap. Like - get out my paints and do some of the projects I have put off while wacthing a dvd or even dcr'ed show I haven't seen but wanted to, I also stay in my flannel jammies and cuddle in warm blankets and doze in and out. I tuck things in my cupboard or freezer that are only for these type of days and I enjoy the warm soups. I also use this time to call friends and family I have not spoken to - far too long.
If you have this list made up ahead of time, you will find yourself anxious for that crappy snow day!

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PEZCATHY 1/27/2014 9:37AM

    I understand and I have been there! Ways that I overcome this? I put on some awesome music and dance (no one is watching anyway except the dogs!). I make some soup (keeps me busy chopping vegetables!). I start a new craft project. Don't let the depression take over! You must want to get out of that pit in order to find a way to climb out. Hugs to you, it will get better! BUT you have to want it to!

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Day/Dydd 34 and a New Motivator

Friday, January 24, 2014

Today's Report:
Steps: 5,756
Miles: 2.55
Floors: 7
Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range

I was starting to feel much better yesterday, so I completed 30 minutes on the elliptical. I was quite proud of that.

I was prouder, though, that I stayed within my calorie range; as I was having some SERIOUS chocolate cravings in the evening and there are still Christmas chocolates in the house. I wasn't hungry at all - I just wanted to eat chocolate. So, I stuck to my guns and stayed within range as planned.

One thing that helped me was an email from my young cousin in Liverpool. She's 25 years old, and I absolutely adore her. I guess she was very impressed by my efforts to stay active while I was visiting, and it inspired her to train for a 5K (which she completed last summer) and now for a 10K (which she'll run in March). She has also just started dating someone who seems very nice.

I got me thinking about the next time I see her in person (hopefully, in 2015). I want to continue to be a role model for her; and, who knows, maybe I'll be looking for a dress to wear at her wedding at some point. I'm not sure why, but that thought was what it took to re-focus me last night. It's a bit silly, because I had set a goal for next month that was not really doing the trick; but this was the thought that tipped the balance.

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ZOSBOS 1/24/2014 12:18PM

    Sarah is right - whatever it takes! Sometime it can be the most surprising things that we take motivation from, just so long as we find it from somewhere!
I was equally impressed that you still have Christmas chocolates a month after Christmas - I think that is an achievement in itself! :-)
We still have Christmas cake left over, I worked out how many calories were in a slice and it lost all appeal to me after that! My DH has been left to work through the cake on his own...

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SARAHG2014 1/24/2014 11:47AM

    Whatever it takes. :) I'm waiting on my sister in law's visit in April, I want to show her that I can do it too (her before/after pics are AMAZING).

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