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Day/Dydd 20

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Today's Report:
Steps: 4913 (at least)
Miles: 2.17
Floors: 2
Calories Eaten: WITHIN my new, self-imposed range

Well, better late than never. It's 9 p.m., and this is the first minute I've had to myself all day. However, here I am - reporting in.

First, I need to talk about my fitness minutes from yesterday. Everything you see here (steps, miles, floors) is an "at least" number. I had my FitBit on in the morning when I did my half hour of elliptical, but then took it off to charge it up. At 7 p.m., it dawned on me that it was still plugged into my computer and hadn't logged anything for the rest of the day. So, I actually had a much more active day than it appears.

I'm really feeling good with this new, self-imposed calorie range. I'm seeing results on the scale already, and I feel comfortable with the amount I'm eating.

The cold snap has FINALLY broken here, so I should be getting out a lot more (which means more exercise) in the coming days.

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SARAHG2014 1/10/2014 12:57PM

    Really glad the new calorie range is working out for you - and that you'll be able to get out and about a bit more. I go stir crazy when it won't stop raining here - yesterday's sunny day was bliss.


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Day/Dydd 19

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Today's Report:
Steps: 7,340
Miles: 3.25
Floors: 11
Calories Eaten: WITHIN my new, self-imposed range

I'm feeling much more in control with my new, self-imposed calorie range, now. Yesterday was a pretty good day. I ate OK (4 veggies and 6 glasses of water). I still didn't hit my 10,000 step goal but managed some good steps all the same. I did half an hour on the elliptical first thing in the morning, and that set me up for a fairly active day. The best part, though, is that I'm going to bed feeling "right" - not hungry, but not full either.

For some reason, just over the past couple of days, I'm having an easier time of this than I have had for the past several months. I'm not feeling tempted to snack through the day, and I'm not wanting to snack all evening. As a matter of fact, I had to purposely make myself snack on an orange and some carrots in the evening to get more fruits/veggies in. It may have to do with changing up my exercise and doing more of the elliptical instead of just walking - I'm not sure.

I've also found that planning out my day's meals in the SP Nutrition Tracker ahead of time, instead of just logging what I've already eaten, is helping. I knew I was going out for lunch yesterday and that I wanted to eat a piece of key lime pie in the evening. I planned it all out and found that would only leave me around 200 calories for dinner. So, I looked at what I was planning to eat at the restaurant and decided to eliminate the corn bread muffin it came with. That left me with about 500 calories for dinner - much more reasonable. When I got to the restaurant, I asked her not to bring that muffin, and I really didn't miss it. If she had brought it, though, I know I would have eaten it. That was a good choice.

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REZNUT 1/9/2014 2:48PM

    Happy New Year!! Great job!! Yes, planning ahead of time makes it soooo much easier, especially if you are going out to eat. Keep up the great work!
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ZOSBOS 1/8/2014 10:48AM

    Excellent job! I am really pleased everything is going so well for you.
I like your suggestion on planning the calories ahead of time, that's a great way to keep on track - I'll be trying that myself!

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LJOYCE55 1/8/2014 10:24AM

  Smart move to ask that the muffin not appear on your plate. Nice waitress to remember.

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Day/Dydd 18

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Today's Report:
Steps: 5,506
Miles: 2.45
Floors: 6
Calories Eaten: WITHIN my new, self-imposed range

Well, yesterday was a day of ups and downs. I got up early with the intention of putting in half an hour on the elliptical. By the time I got to 16 minutes, though, I couldn't possibly move my legs any further; so I stopped and stretched for a while. My DH figured out later that there's some glitch happening with the elliptical so that it doesn't move the ramp down at the end of one of the exercise cycles. So, if that cycle ended with the ramp at a 25 degree incline and I did that cycle again the next day (which is what happened), it just added the new 25 degree incline to the old one, meaning that I was working at the same resistance at a 50 degree incline! No wonder I had difficulty!

Work was one of those days. On the one hand, we got a new client, which is great; but on the other hand, the accountant gave us some not so great news. The frustrating part is that I sat down in the morning with the idea that I was going to finish one particular project yesterday, and everything in the world conspired against me. I didn't spend one minute on it.

My real triumph yesterday was figuring out my "sweet spot" calorie range and sticking to it (even in the face of all that stress). I also did well on water and fruits/veggies. I've already been rewarded by losing that pound I gained last week, so I think I'm definitely on the right track with that.

Then, just before bed, I checked my email. Why do I ever do that? It's NEVER a good idea! My dad has gone into full-on guilt mode. "Why don't you want to visit us?" It's not exactly a weekend trip; they're 3000 miles away. ...and we just saw them 5 months ago! I need this like I need another hole in my head.

Today, I'm going to try to stay positive. I've already exercised, and we're meeting a good friend for lunch. I'm 51 years old - I will NOT allow my dad to depress me!


Day/Dydd 17

Monday, January 06, 2014

Today's Report:
Steps: 5,564
Miles: 2.51
Floors: 6
Calories Eaten: 69 HIGHER than suggested range

Well, it's time for me to take stock. I've been working at this for 17 days, and I actually have a one pound GAIN for my efforts.

If I'm honest, I haven't been hitting my 10,000 step goal most days (although I have been doing at least half an hour's strenuous exercise almost every day). I think my biggest hurdle is SP's new calorie ranges. When I was working my plan earlier in the year, I had one set range, based on my current weight. Now the range fluctuates depending on how much exercise I do, and I must admit I haven't been even keeping within that range consistently.

I think what I need to do is to go back to my old records and figure out what my old calorie range was and stick with that.

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SCUBAMUM 1/6/2014 5:17PM

    Thanks to you both! I really needed someone to validate what I was planning today.

I went back over last January/February, when I was doing brilliantly (averaging 2 lbs lost every week) and weighed about what I do now (still 20 lbs down from my highest). I found that I was staying within a range of about 1450 to 1650 calories per day. With this new calorie range, they've had me eating around 2000 calories a day. No wonder I haven't been losing anything.

So, starting today, I have written my new range on a sticky note and posted it on my desk. I'll use that to regulate myself and ignore SP's nagging about eating more. It's not like I'm going to starve.

Yes, thanks, Zosbos. I think I am fairly fit. I really make an effort to work out actively as much as possible. Left to my own devices, I'd much rather exercise more than eat less.
I also have a couple of secondary motivations for keeping fit - I need to be able to keep up with my two collies and I hate scuba diving when I'm feeling unfit. When I dived at my heaviest, my bouyancy was out the window, and I didn't feel like I had the cardio strength to have gotten myself out of trouble if I'd gotten into a strong current. That was a frightening feeling, and I don't ever want to feel like that again.

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ZOSBOS 1/6/2014 12:40PM

    It's good that you're staying positive and coming up with a plan B, if you know something worked well for you in the past then its definitely worth giving it another try.
I keep seeing all your fitness minutes stacking up and up and up, so even if you're not seeing a difference on the scales your fitness levels must be amazing. Keep up the good work - you'll get there!

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SARAHG2014 1/6/2014 11:44AM

    Yep. I don't like the new calorie ranges at all. I eat a steady amount unless I have a super super active day, and then I might allow myself an extra 100-200 calories if I'm hungry. SP is constantly whining at me that I need to eat more if I'm going to be as active as I am, but I ignore it. :)

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Days/Dyddiau 15 & 16 and Virtual Walk

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Day 15 Report:
Steps: 5,785
Miles: 2.56
Floors: 11
Calories Eaten: 45 HIGHER than suggested range

Day 16 Report:
Steps: 11,733
Miles: 5.24
Floors: 22
Calories Eaten: 592 LOWER than suggested range

This is a two-day report, as I didn't touch my computer yesterday. As you can see from my Day 16 report, I was WAY too active to go near it. I started off the day on the elliptical, then went into crazy Suzie Homemaker mode and spent the rest of the day doing very active cleaning (e.g. laundry, washing floors, washing carpets, scrubbing out bathrooms, washing windows, vaccuuming, shifting furniture, etc.). I basically cleaned the entire house from basement to upstairs in one day. My back is still screaming!

My calories were well under what SP thought I should be eating, but I did manage to eat 1566 calories, so I wasn't starving myself. I got in FAR more than my 8 glasses of water and got my 5 servings of fruit/veg.

For my virtual walking tour, I've done 16.83 miles this week. That takes me from Heathrow Airport to the High Street in Old Amersham. That's just a stone's throw from where my DS's godfather grew up in Chesham. I've spent quite a bit of time around there while visiting their family. It's a lovely part of the country.


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