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Exercising hard, eating right, and .... UP 4 LBS???? What's up with this?

Monday, November 09, 2009

I thought I was off this forever plateau, having lost a lb last week. When I awoke this morning, I promised myself that I'd get on the scale for Monday's weigh-in and not let any number bother me. Since I've been exercising hard and eating right, in my heart I felt that I'd be down again. Nope! Up 4 lbs. I'm not going to let it ruin my day. I know I'm still maintaining good health, but I really have to admit utter frustration over this since I've been working so hard. Makes me feel like... no, not giving up. But just not working as hard. (p.s. Thanks a ton, sparksfriends. I am going to follow advice here. Especially paying attention to measurements and not just the scale.)

  
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HOKU-ALOHI 11/9/2009 3:42PM

  Lots of great support and awesome comments here. Just wanted to let you know that I totally love your positive attitude!

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ABIGAILSING 11/9/2009 3:00PM

    Ditto with Corina. Losing inches while holding plateau or gaining weight when we are eating right shows muscle building up while fat - the bad fat, goes away. Be sure you are using that measuring tape.

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ANMAIREE 11/9/2009 2:29PM

    As you know our bodies do what they want to...I didn't even budge the scale myself and I did a more intense workouts this past week...Like you I feel very healthy and happy

Best Wishes & Don't let it get u down...

KEEP PUSHING & KEEP SPARKING
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SKYEFYR 11/9/2009 2:28PM

  Unfortunately, I can empathize all too well.

*hugs* We'll just have to find a way to show these stupid plateaus who's boss! (And it's not them, it's us!)

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FLMOMX2 11/9/2009 1:38PM

    You are doing fine. Next week, you'll probably see the scale drop again.

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FAMILYTRADITION 11/9/2009 12:42PM

    You know, especially in the short term it's not abnormal to gain a little before you lose, your body is going through a lot of changes with your lifestyle changes. Maybe you should put the scale away for a little while and focus on you and the success you have---you have been working out consistently!

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MSLZZY 11/9/2009 12:26PM

    I agree with the rest of the comments. Sodium can play a big factor-been there, done that!
Use your measurements as a guide and give the scale a rest. It is just too tempting to let it have the final say in how much success we are having at any given time. Just keep on working hard because I know you can do this. Plateaus are so frustrating but stay positive! emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/9/2009 11:57AM

    You are not giving up an that is the right thing to do. There are a couple of things that could cause the scale to go up. You might need to change up your exercise routine a little. Keep on track and hang in there.

Debbie

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JLITT62 11/9/2009 10:31AM

    Not working as hard might actually be the answer. Only you know whether you're really eating as well as you should, whether it's just a fluke, whether you happened to have more sodium before weighing . . . you get the picture.

Sometimes, tho, when we work out harder, we actually do put on weight. One of life's little ironies. I always take these setbacks as a reminder to take a good, hard look at myself and be really honest with myself, too. And usually I come out the other side a wiser, stronger person.

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LCOBB46756 11/9/2009 10:27AM

  Don't give up. That's the easiest thing to do.. trust me.. Keep trying, I encourage you as I encourage myself....

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CORINA-MOMOF4 11/9/2009 9:43AM

    Do you also do measurements? My husband would also get frustrated sometimes with the "number on the scale" After working out all week and eating well - that number would go up... BUT, the measurements either 1) went down or 2) stayed the same...

measurements are much more accurate than that number on the scale.

Don't give up - you are doing great!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/9/2009 9:23AM

    That's the attitude to take never give up having dealt with more up and downs the key is ..don't give up...could have been alot of reasons..sodium,not enough h2o, or just that time where you are holding fluid...keep blogging and never quit emoticon emoticon

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GRFXGIRL 11/9/2009 9:21AM

    Don't give up .. this too will pass and you will hit your goals. Sounds like you have been doing a great job so far !! emoticon

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What a Difference A Day Makes

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Just some miscellaneous thoughts before I head out. Yesterday was a turning point for me with caffeine. I had my fingers on all kinds of exotic flavors of coffee on my way to the store's register. I even considered decaf, but that doesn't work for me. A helpful sparkfriend didn't even know how helpful she was being in telling me that she doesn't like coffee. That reminded me that I really didn't like the taste at the end (before I gave it up last week) either. So why then was I so fixated on it yesterday? Who cares why, but the bottom line is that I did not succumb and today I don't even want it or care. I think that was the day that I could have easily relapsed. With every good decision, I strengthen that resistance muscle.

I'm reading Dr. David Kessler's book, "The End of Overeating." He's got so much interesting information, including how sugar, fat and salt are engineered into our foods to make us addicted to coming back for more. (and more and more...) He notes that rats will work almost as hard to get to sugar as they do to get to cocaine. These are powerful substances that fire pleasure neurons in the brain. Oftentimes, it's not just willpower that will conquer them, but establishing new pathways for those pleasure neurons. It's a good read.

Have a wonderful day.

  
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VICIOUS421 11/9/2009 4:59AM

    Congratulations on not getting the coffee! Way to go!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/8/2009 2:12PM

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/8/2009 9:44AM

    your blog was very insightful and true. the more sugar you have the more you want. i think i do better on my weight loss then most is because i don't do soda, or maybe one a month have a desert with sugar. i drink tea without sugar. and make most of my own dinners,and lunches so i don't get a lot of salt. my downfall is coffee only one cup a day with a little sugar. but i did notice that i had more energy when i didn't drink it and i weighed less also. good blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/8/2009 7:14AM

    I am glad you are feeling better. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 11/8/2009 1:32AM

    Thanks for your message and I'm going to have to buy that book and read it. Take care and enjoy your bike ride.

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WATERMELLEN 11/7/2009 9:47PM

    This is very interesting -- and thought provoking!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/7/2009 8:06PM

  Great blog Jesse! I enjoy your exploration through the sensory pleasures of coffee and food in general. It's the bitter after effects of all food and drinks that catch us. Excellent job at dropping out of the vicious cycle.
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JLITT62 11/7/2009 6:48PM

    Sounds like an interesting book. Yup, making almost all my own food is definitely part of my success -- just wish it wasn't so time-consuming -- but that way, at least I know what goes into it.

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ANMAIREE 11/7/2009 2:28PM

    Happy 4 U...Keep up the HARD work emoticon emoticon

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ANMAIREE 11/7/2009 2:28PM

    Happy 4 U...Keep up the HARD work emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 11/7/2009 12:55PM

    Very interesting! Great work with stopping to think about what you were almost ready to do and why/why you shouldn't and then winning the battle.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/7/2009 12:13PM

    Wow sugar and cocaine..interesting stuff never had the latter but sure do know what an out of control crazy lady can do when she wants it and wants it NOW...nice job with the coffee ..I enjoy my coffee but I'm good one in the morning and one after dinner..nice blog keep up the good work

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Week Two of No Caffeine-The Downside of No Coffee

Friday, November 06, 2009

Okay, I know I shouldn't be thinking this way. But I am. I focus on the healthy benefits that are reasons I detoxed last week. But I can honestly say that there is an appreciable difference in energy level without coffee. Even with more protein and exercise, I can feel such a huge decline in that "spark" of energy. And I go through that evil self-sabotage of feeling deprived. "Everyone else is able to enjoy coffee, but me" syndrome. Hate to think I'm so dependent upon anything, but hey, then I come into the "how 'bout a little bit" way of thinking. And that's what lead to drinking coffee in my adult years in the first place. The smell of it is everywhere in public places, and seems to be a comfort thing when the weather gets a bit chilly. Now that I've had my little whining tantrum, I'll go make myself some herbal tea and stop thinking this way. Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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HOPEFULHIPPO 11/9/2009 11:11AM

    Why did you give up coffee? I just have to know!

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VICIOUS421 11/6/2009 11:41PM

    I never drank coffee I was a MT Dew drinker and while I have not completely given it up I can honestly say I have maybe 1 or 2 a month now as opposed to at least 24oz or more a day! Good luck with quitting coffee!

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THEADMIRAL 11/6/2009 9:27PM

    Oh yeah, I totally understand. Been there and experienced it. Hug that herbal tea! emoticon

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KIZIDOG 11/6/2009 7:29PM

    I love my coffee and will not give it up yet, but I know when I don't have my couple cups in the morning my day just starts out tooo slow and with no energy so I know what you mean. I am proud of you Jesse. Keep up the great work. Star emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/6/2009 5:03PM

    Have a wonderful weekend caffeine-free! emoticon

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BEAMISH7 11/6/2009 2:49PM

    You have done a great, good thing. I take it that you don't want to do the decaffinated for the 'comfort' thing? I don't have a clue what I am talking about but I tend to thing that your energy level will rebound in time; I'm also guess that it is in part psychological. what we think can and does influence how we feel.

Keep up the good work.

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HEIDISO 11/6/2009 2:18PM

    I am a coffee drink I am have to commend your dedication and restraint. I know how difficult it is to give up something that you enjoy.

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/6/2009 2:12PM

    i have never been much of a coffee drinker to be honest. I prefer tea iced or hot. Since I have started drinking water and getting in my 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Drinks like coffee, soda, and tea just don't hold the appeal they once did. Is this crazy.

Debbie

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/6/2009 1:37PM

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JLITT62 11/6/2009 12:05PM

    I dunno -- I've never drunk coffee, and all the teas I drink are either herbal or caffeine free -- with the exception of yerba mate. I just like the taste of it! I guess I'm lucky, tho, because I hate the smell of coffee. Drives me nuts that DH leaves half full cups of coffee around.

So I'll share a little story with you, because we always think we have so much less ______ (fill in the blank) than everyone else.

While we were in Prague, one day one of the wives & I went to tour the Jewish quarter. As we were eating a late lunch, somehow the topic of my pedometer came up. She was puzzled why I'd need one -- she actually said to me "you have so much energy" -- I almost died laughing! Of course, she never knew me 30 lbs heavier, either.

Oh, and did I mention that this woman was just incredibly, naturally thin? And being a NYC dweller who walks everywhere, pretty darn fit, too.

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The Ballad of Another Lesson Learned (Do these lessons ever end?)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I was so proud of myself. From October '08 until August '09, I didn't even crave sugar so that made it easy not to eat it. I didn't feel deprived, which was nothing short of miracle since I've always been the sugar queen of the universe. (smiling) But then I read an article saying not to deprive yourself of anything or be too rigid, as you might run the risk of sudden derailment.

Okay. I get it. Then, August was the first time I fell off the program after being "almost perfect." (not a perfect human being - smiling - just a near-perfect program) Yes, too rigid. I ate a little more of this and that, but not even close to what I'd eaten in the days before healthier eating.

I learned a lot during that month of "failure." In fact, in retrospect, I no longer consider it a failure since I learned so much about myself and eating in that month. I brushed myself off and found it easy to use the tools I've learned to get headed back in the right direction.

Then came October 22, 2009. A week before that, I'd worked sooooo hard with mega-exercise to the nth degree. When I saw that it did not make the scale even quiver slightly, I subconsciously took that info and tucked it away to use when I needed a "who cares" attitude.

My opportuntity came on October 22 when, before going to see Lion King, I had dinner with a friend. At that time, I realized that I didn't even really WANT sugar, but somehow I wound up ordering dessert. I rationalized that I'd exercised so hard w/o losing a pound, and if that was going to happen (I've been on a forever plateau). then who cares? (not a forver who cares, just for that night - or so I thought.)

In one of my blogs, I'd discusssed that I'd been trying to teach myself the "little bit" thing, and trying to get out of the all-or-none syndrome. That it's the first few bites that are said to be the most rewarding and the rest is downhill from there. But I ordered the dessert, and I was determined to forget the rules and just enjoy it. Which I did - kinda...

I really didn't do the "little bit." I had a honkin' piece of caramel cheesecake with so many additions it would make your head spin. And that's just what the sugar did to me. During the play, I was so dizzy and my body wanted to reject that sugar.

Of course, it's seldom a "one night" or one time thing. It was my gateway drug and for the following days, right up to Halloween, I had sugar. No, not as much as the sugar queen of the universe used to have, but way more than the almost-year of absolutely none.

Last Sunday night, upon taking a close look at myself (in many ways) and soul searching, I knew I was at a juncture. I could become a sugar junkie again, or live without it and feel great. I know I made the right choice.

The reason the Pampered Princess award this week was terrific timing is that it was a triumph of my decision to live without that which I really no longer want, need or can physically accommodate. Not only am I sugar free, but also caffeine free after a very tough detox last week. In a way, I'm glad this happened and made me make the choice. It was like a recommitment to myself rather than the substance.

And, guess what, today's weigh-in - 1 LB. DOWN! I think I'm done with this forever plateau. And I KNOW I'm done with sugar. Hooray, hooray!

  
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WOLFSPIRITS 11/6/2009 10:30AM

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ANEWY0U 11/6/2009 9:00AM

    Congratulations...keep up the good work! Talk about forever plateau's!!! 3yrs I did not budge, but I am here to tell you...Keep persevering...live your new healthy lifestyle and know inside that you ARE healthy and fit!!! It will happen I promise...I hope NOW is your time!!!

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VICIOUS421 11/6/2009 5:59AM

    Congratulations! I know that had to be hard but losing a pound is awesome!

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JLITT62 11/6/2009 5:45AM

    Good for you! I wish I could give up sugar altogether. I know I'd be healthier. Thankfully, I have learned to eat in moderation, but it took a really long time to get there.

Congrats on losing the pound! And all your insights into yourself. That's what it's all about.

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THEADMIRAL 11/5/2009 9:01PM

    That is awesome! emoticon emoticon I'm happy for you, not only for the weight loss but you're STRONG kicking that sugar and caffeine emoticon

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/5/2009 7:48PM

  OMgosh!!! That is so awesome Jesse!!! Talk about will power, commitment and determination...you are soaring my friend!!!
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MSLZZY 11/5/2009 7:48PM

    Good for you! You are a winner! emoticon

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KIZIDOG 11/5/2009 7:31PM

    You are doing terrific. Sugar and caffeine free you are definately my hero. Keep up the great work. You will soon reach your goals. Star emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/5/2009 6:22PM

    Life is all about learning lessons some are not the easiest to learn. You did good. Keep up the posittive attitude.

Debbie

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Deleting Old Messages on My Page & It's An Eye Opener

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

First of all, anyone know an easy way to delete old messages from sparkpage other than one at a time? Over the past 10 months, over 600 messages have slowed my page down a bit when folks try to add messages. I'm going back to January to delete old ones. Wow, it's a walk down memory lane to see old friends who are no longer on SP, but who were a big part of encouragement for me. And pleasantly surprised to find folks who've been there from the beginning. Overall, it's made me feel good that I've stuck with it because I'm usually not a "joiner" and even resisted the discipline of logging in daily in the beginning. (Have to admit that I sometimes rebel now. But it doesn't last long.) In doing this, I have noticed that I have been so much more consistent in my exercising, logging food, and keeping up with current health issues. Hooray, hooray!

  
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1NICUBABE 11/4/2009 5:57PM

    I'm with you on the not much of a joiner thing. It is interseting to read some old comments and to even reread some past blogs. Nice to see how far we've come. Have a great week and keep on sparkin'. Mary Beth
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WOLFSPIRITS 11/4/2009 4:23PM

    IT WILL TAKE ALONG TIME IF YOU DON'T KEEP UP ON IT. HA HA HA HA emoticon emoticon

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FAMILYTRADITION 11/4/2009 1:26PM

    I really love reading your blogs, I enjoy your perspective, also how you make me look to my own future.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/4/2009 1:04PM

    I also was not a joiner I'm much more a loner hear my own music and go my own way..I've experienced the same thing some I don't see anymore and some new ones along the way...still working I'll be real consistant then days I just don't want too..but it's always a place to come and know others are here for support..at my age I never thought I'd see the day that I would be surfing through the virtual world and be getting encouragement and support through the web..go figure..its' all good have a great day emoticon emoticon

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SKYEFYR 11/4/2009 12:32PM

  I don't know any quick answers to how to delete, but I would suggest that before you do you print those good comments out. We all have down days, and if going back and reading them can help pull you out of a slump or boost you up, it's worth the effort to print them and keep them around.

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