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Sunday, July 22, 2007

I'm on Day 5 of my challenge (which I'd been referring to as an 8-day challenge but now realize it's actually 9 days - duh). I'm at 140.2 today, which is down 1 from yesterday, but on a different scale so hard to compare for sure. Very very close to the 130s. I'm going to reweigh myself after I write this blog entry (obsessive, true) and maybe I'll see that happy number. Jess' scale is very sensitive to slight changes.

I have been doing really well following my program, eating delicious and healthy food at around 1,275 calories a day, and feeling good MOST of the time. I just had two episodes of feeling grouchy/hungry yesterday - one was when I felt too hungry to paint my bedroom, and the other was around 10:30 at night and when I got into bed I was fine. But the episodes were enough to remind me why I can't stay this low on calories for the long term. Oh, and also I felt very low-blood-sugar-y after 30 minutes on the gauntlet, too.

I'd like to share my thoughts about why wellness is like a ladder. By "wellness," I'm referring to all this stuff - weight management, fitness, looking lean and toned. It's a very long ladder, and where you are right now you can't clearly see either end. Have a day (or even just a moment) of positive wellness and you move up a rung. Do something unhealthy and you move down. That part is obvious. But what I'm trying to get across is that when you fall off your program, you only move down toward the unhealthy bottom of the ladder one rung at a time. Get back to it, and you're not starting from the bottom all over again. It won't take too long to move yourself up to where you were, one rung at a time.

I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I had achieved an all-time high level of wellness for myself in April/May, but started to move down rungs throughout June and early July. Now, though, I'm moving back up the ladder and since I'm starting in the middle instead of at the bottom, I've quickly regained almost all my ground.

I'm going to go try weighing myself in one more time, then I'll be done for the day. Will be back with results in a moment..

140.0. Guess the big drop in weight decade will have to wait another day. Still, not bad, that's another 1.2 from yesterday. (I know losing fast isn't ideal. But this is weight that I PUT ON ridiculously fast, too.)


Addendum to Last Blog - An Idea

Saturday, July 21, 2007

That list I wrote for ways to thrill myself that don't involve either losing weight or having food binges? I have another, really good idea for that list. I was thinking to myself, "What about SparkPeople? I will need to stay actively involved to keep myself motivated to eat right and exercise." So... I could pair up with a newbie, and vicariously get all excited about THEIR weightloss! They might appreciate my experience - if I can find someone who thought they couldn't get thin (like I used to) and convince them that they CAN, because (this is a cliche bu true) if I can, anybody can. And we can give each other support and both celebrate as they lose their weight. I get all excited thinking about it.

OK, Jess is getting mad because I'm sparking instead of eating breakfast, and we have a lot to do today! Bye!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DARLPN 7/25/2007 6:44PM

    what did you weigh before you started this program. i could use your help also, as times i dont think i will get there.need alot of help i do go to ww.but have maintained a couple times along with only losing a lb.i guess i should be gratful and i am. just would like to lose a little more a week.

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LACYLOU85 7/23/2007 8:46AM

    OHHH. I want to be your test experiment!!! If it could bring your losses my way, bring it on!!!

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Day 4!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Day 1: 148.0
Day 2: 145.8 (loss of 2.2 lbs)
Day 3: 142.6 (loss of 3.2 lbs)
Day 4: 141.2!! (loss of 1.4 lbs)

I am looking much better and feeling much better. Do you know how cool it is to not have to suck it in and still not have it hanging over? (Now the only reason to suck it in is to firm my abs, see the article I posted below!)

But I am starting to notice a problem. I realized I get a thrill out of losing weight quickly, and this is not cool. I don't exactly binge eat JUST to then later see my weight drop 7 pounds in 4 days, but I do recall thinking the night before I started my challenge, "Should I really work out tonight? If I do, I might not have my highest possible 'starting weight' tomorrow morning." I worked out anyway, but do you get what I'm talking about here? Is my TRUE goal to be thin/fit/healthy and stay that way, or is it subconsciously about seeig fast success on the scale?!?

You know what the thing about maintanence is, though. You DON'T see numbers dropping on the scale. Success is measured by keeping the numbers exactly the same! How boring! And I have to do this forever in order to keep my weight off?!?

I know the answer is obvious. If I'm thrilled by my own success (and who isn't) maintanence needs to be about seeing success in other areas, not the scale. I do need to keep weighing myself and being sure I'm staying within my range, but I have to find ways to thrill myself in other ways. Not the scale, and, of course, not food either. Here are some ideas:
*Become a better runner, do more races.
*Get really good at biking, strength traning, roller blading, etc.
*Make my condo really gorgeous.
*Ditto my wardrobe - in heavenly size 4s, 6s, and 8s.
*Focus on being a fantastic teacher.

I can do all these things for thrills, and just take a few minutes out of each day to plan and prepare the next day's food so that I stay on my plan. I think that's the long term solution. I really do.

But for now, I'm halfway done with my challenge and starting to look very bikini-ready!!!!!!!!!! Woohoo. :)


Do This Exercise While You Web Surf

Friday, July 20, 2007

Do This Exercise While You Web Surf

Wouldn't it be nice to have the washboard abs you saw in that online diet ad?

You can start by squeezing. No, not your abdominals. Your booty! Here's the three-step exercise you can do all day.

Do It Now -- And Wherever You Can
Yes, while you're reading this tip, try this exercise for flatter abs:

1. Suck your belly button in tight.

2. Squeeze your butt as if you’re trying to pull on a pair of too-tight jeans (pretend the top of your head is being pulled toward the ceiling by a string).

3. Hold that position.

Do this often (on the elevator, waiting in line, at work, every time you walk somewhere) and you'll quickly firm up your middle by working your transverse abdominis -- the muscle that supports the abdominal wall. And you'll have better posture to boot.

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BELTONWALKER67 7/20/2007 12:41PM

    Thank you. I have printed this and put on my computer both at work and home. This is what I love about SP is all the ideas and support you get from different people. Have a Super Day.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

It's Day 3 out of 8 already - I'm almost halfway there!!!

Day 1: 148.0
Day 2: 145.8
Day 3: 142.6!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like I said, it went on quick, so it's coming off quick! But even I wasn't sure it would come off THIS quickly.

I have been making all kinds of delicious summertime recipes - shrimp cabbage salad, spinach strawberry salad, cucumber salad with yogurt dressing, watermelon smoothies, and "healthy chicken nuggets" - chicken dipped in omega-3 egg, covered in crushed Total breadcrumbs, then baked with just a bit of extra virgin olive oil.

It's great to have time to make these recipes, and to have all the fresh summertime ingredients, but of course the MAIN reason I'm losing weight is because I am counting my calories, controlling my portions, eating small amounts. I am the kind of person who could gain weight eating salad. I'd just eat WAY TOO MUCH of it! I gotta plan, track, pre-portion, measure, count....all that stuff. It may be time-consuming and tedious, but isn't that a small price to pay to keep my weight down?!?!?

You would not believe what a difference (re)losing these 5 pounds has made in my body. I was starting to get so flabby, especially around my middle, and so much of that is gone. My boyfriend, this morning, jokingly asked, "Where did you go?" and I thought that was an interesting question...where DID all that flab go? Where ever it went, I want it to stay there!

So far I have't felt any hint of the icky starvation mode feeling. I have two theories about this.
1. I can handle going low-calorie (under 1,300 per day) for a short time, but starvation mode hits when I've been doing it too long.
2. I can handle going low-calorie only when I have a lot of flab to take off, but then starvation mode hits when I get leaner.

I do plan on letting myself eat what I want while on the Cape (within reason - Jess would never stand by and let me have an ice cream fest), but I have a pretty cool idea - before I go, I will plan (and hopefully even prepare!) my menu for the Monday I'm back! That way I will be right back to it when I return. And since I doubt I will be in my goal range that day, I think I'll plan it out as another rather strict day. When I'm in my goal range, I think I will plan menus around 1,500-1,900 calories per day and see what happens to my weight (and adjust as needed). I think that as long as I avoid starvation mode, I won't mind doing this tracking stuff long term, with occasional breaks for day trips, meals out, etc. When I want my weight to go down, I can plan a stricter day (closer to 1,200), and when I'm happy with my weight, I can plan to eat more (closer to 1,900).

Seems so simple, I wonder why I never thought of it all like this before!

But for the next 5 days, it's CAPE COD CHALLENGE for me. And that means being strict.

My goodness do I love being thin! I need to keep this up forever! When I get back into the 130s I will definitely have to get some new clothes.


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