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Time to breakout of this plateau!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

For about a year now my weight loss has hit a plateau and it is time to action. I have been up and down in the same 5 lbs. range since this time last year. I started to assess my tracking habits, diet and fitness and found some of the possible causes:

1. Tracking - I always track but have become slack on measuring and weighing portion sizes. I do measure some things but the regular items I just go by memory. I had Mini Wheat cereal for breakfast this morning and noticed the portion size has grown to twice the size of recommended portion size. Let this be a lesson to always weigh measure and record.

2. Diet (100 calorie convenience foods) - When I was successful these where a reward. They have become a regular part of my diet daily. I need to go back to my old ways of using these as a reward or treat and not a dietary staple.

3. Cardio Exercise - About 6 months ago I bought a Fitbit Zip and I have to question the accuracy of this device and the synching to SparkPeople for fitness and diet tracking. Unless I am doing something wrong this is synching with my Spark fitness and counting as cardio. The numbers returned seem to be inaccurate and making it appear like I am getting more fitness than I really am and thus inflates my calorie count. This has stopped me from regularly including my recumbent bike as part of my fitness routine. Does anyone have an answer if the Step counter marketed by SparkPeople is more accurate?

4. Strength Training - After my heart attack I stopped regular strength training and never resumed. This is something I need to resume in a safe manner three times a week.

I will focus on these items for now and reassess over the next few month's. I want to lose that final 40 lbs to my goal and the pace I have slowed to will take a long time.

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EDWARDS1411 5/5/2014 3:18PM

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/13/2014 2:23PM

    you are doing all the smart things I know some of those 100 calorie snack items have chemicals in them that make you want to eat more. try just plan nuts . Also remember also not hold your breathe when strength training it will make your bp rise and make you light headed . . I think the strength training will help with the last push for pounds gone. Make good food choices and keep moving you can do this . also sleep well and get rid of stress they make us hold weight on.

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TRAVELGO 4/13/2014 10:06AM

  Change the way Spark People calculates your calorie count so the exercise doesn't figure into it. That way the more you exercise your calorie count doesn't change and you'll soon get back to losing.

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ALLYCANDOIT 4/13/2014 9:58AM

    I know how you feel. I had been seeing the same number up and down. Finally went to my doctor and she mentioned a possible insulin resistance. Since i've been careful with sugars and not eaten much at nighttime I've begun to lose again!
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JILLAJ 4/13/2014 9:58AM

    keep going!!

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Sunday - March 5th

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Just a progress update as it has been a month since my last Blog. Over the last 6 weeks I have had a net loss of 9 lbs (1.5 lbs/week.) I consider this a healthy rate of loss given my body weight. There was a two week plateau where I gained 0.2 - 1 lb.

I have noticed since joining the Gym and increasing cardio and strength training I feel my body changing and the measurements confirm this with hip and thigh measurements down but calf and arm measurements up. I do a complete measurements one per month and weigh-in weekly. I have considered changing weight measurement to monthly but old habits are sometimes hard to break. I try to do about 40 - 60 mins a day with 1 day off after work day.

My fitness program is becoming more varied with currently using Stationary bike, Elliptical and treadmill at the Gym and also do aerobics from DVDs at home on weekends. Some day I will add the rowing machine to my routine when I get the courage to. LOL. I am also doing Strength training once per week with Dumbells, bands, floor mat, ab wheel at home and also do the fit-fix circuit at the Gym.

Some lessons learned this month:

- During this journey the scale is not the only yard stick. As I add fitness I feel my body changing and some areas like around biceps growing. Monthly full measurements have become more important than weekly weigh-ins.

- As I add fitness it is important to stay in the upper range of calorie range.

- Don't fret over the small stuff. I didn't gain it all in a week and I am not going to loss it all in a week.

- Don't be afraid of the Gym people aren't looking at you they are all commited and focused on their own fitness.

Well got to go and begin the road to another month of this journey.

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BLUE42DOWN 3/4/2012 8:00PM

    == Don't be afraid of the Gym people aren't looking at you they are all commited and focused on their own fitness. ==

So very true! I'm always baffled by the idea that everyone else in the gym is looking and judging. Maybe there's some really bad gyms, but all three I've ever belonged to have had people more likely to smile encouragingly than sneer at someone less fit.

After all, if you're THERE, you're doing something about your fitness level, no matter how low it is right now. That's a whole lot better than plopping on the couch in front of the TV with a bag of chips. By the time you're showing up at least 3 times a week for a month, your commitment is pretty easy to see.

emoticon on your progress so far.

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Sunday February 12th

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Today was weigh in day and lost 2.3 lbs. Last weekend I changed my weigh in day to Sunday as Tuesdays are often too hectic with Work and after work Gym visit.

I have been going to Gym now for 5 weeks and have seen better numbers on the scales with 10 lbs lost since making this commitment. It was difficult at first but has now become part of my daily routine through the week. I have developed a good routine with Cardio at the Gym and Strength training at home. One weekends I am doing various routines from Coach Nicole's DVDs.

I will continue the same routine with variation and increasing the number of minutes of fitness slightly each week. I have started using the elliptical and find it a bit challenging but still continue to include 5-10 minutes on the days I do the Stationary bike and will continue to increase the number of minutes.

Challenges of the week - 2 nights through the week that I have a hockey game to attend that will challenge for eating and meeting Fitness goals. Will work out a strategy to do a bit extra on other days to meet weekly goals and eat lower calorie lunches to have a few extra for dinner out on the other two nights.

Have a good week everyone!

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GLMOM2 2/13/2012 4:18PM

    emoticon on your weight loss!!


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ROSIESNOW 2/12/2012 7:18PM

    Great Job! Glad it's working for you!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/12/2012 2:04PM


It is so nice to make a change and really see the results of that change!

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January 29, 2012 - Sunday

Sunday, January 29, 2012

It is Sunday two days before my weekly weigh-in. My plan for today is to eat healthy and stay in all my recommended ranges for nutrition. For Fitness I plan on doing 30 minutes of Cardio at home with Caoch Nicoles 10 minute Cardio DVD. Plan on doing 3 different routines.

Now off to get this day started.

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ROSIESNOW 1/29/2012 2:01PM

    Good plan!

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Jan 28, 2012 - The Weekend is here

Saturday, January 28, 2012

At last the weekend is here. I plan to stay on track this weekend and meet fitness and diet goals. My fitness plans include Saturday - Walk away the pounds DVD for about 45 minutes and some reps of Upper body strength training with the dumbells. Sunday, I plan on doing the first 3 of Coach Nicole's Cardio Workouts and 2 reps of lower body strength training.

Catching up on sleep and a treat Saturday Night with a homemade veggie pizza.

Now it is time to strength train!

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SWEETSOUNDS11 1/28/2012 3:42PM

    Great planning! I'm sure putting it into action will be a breeze. Enjoy the homemade veggie pizza. Chillax after all that hard work and success!
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