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4 pounds gone, my knees thank me!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The weigh in went better than I had thought, down 4lbs since I was there last 2 weeks ago, so, my scale matches theirs, I can no longer get mad at the scale.
I am so so tired, I had planned to go do some shopping afterwards, but it was raining hard and who wants to be out trekking back and forth between the car and the stores in the rain...not this girl, since it was raining the day I hurt my knee, I have this overwhelming fear of falling on a slickened sidewalk.
So, I have been up since 4am, and I am pretty much too pooped to do anything, but, relax the rest of the day and hope I feel well enough and the weather is nice enough to get in an extra long walk tomorrow.

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LOSINGLINNDY 5/10/2012 2:21AM


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NATNOEL 5/9/2012 7:40PM

    Oh that is great, good going.
I have a doctor appointment next Wednesday and I have to keep reminding myself that I want to be happy when I get weighed. I keep forgetting.

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 5/9/2012 5:41PM

    YAAAY! So happy for you Val!

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going thru unwanted changes

Monday, April 30, 2012

First, thanks to all who responded to my rant filled last blog.....I didnt throw my scale to the bottom of the river or throw it from a moving car, YET..... but as soon as I find a new one I probably will, I am thinking of attaching it to some large skyrockets and sending it into to the other bit of aggravation I have been experiencing on a regular basis......Spark people insists on challenging me it seems almost every day, by changing my nutritional values.
I have blogged about this, and asked about this before, oh well, I dont know why they do it, I havent changed my weight or my goals.
I have learned not to weigh in on, cause that seems to change it too. I havent changed my weight or changed my ticker in ages, cause if I do, I then have to go and change my food and my fitness, of course it has become tedious and I am considering skipping this part of sp altogther if something doesnt change, or well, uh, remain the same I should say.

I hate that they change this on me it seems at least three times a week. I have to go in and manually enter each exercise now as well.
When did they change all this?
Well, I took some advice and havent gotten on the scale today, and let me just ask this, if its true that our weight can flucuate by as much as 3 lbs a day, then how the hell do you know when you've really lost weight?
I guess if you've lost 30 lbs then you can safely say the scale isnt wrong....but other than that I cant be sure.
I mean, you might weigh yourself after 7 days to find you have lost 3 lbs, but have you really?
I did pretty good today, with the exception of one too many weight watcher cupcakes, and the fact I skipped my long walk in exchange for weight workout here at home.
At least I did something.

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SUZY95 5/2/2012 11:40AM

  It's pretty easy to track whether you are losing weight. Pick one time of day to weigh, and ONLY weigh yourself at that time. Your water retention level and, er, digestive process will be roughly the same every day at the same time, so you can use that to track movement down the scale. I weigh first thing in the morning after using the bathroom, which is a very popular time to weigh, since you generally weigh less than you will at any other waking hour. Weigh at 7:00am or 10:00pm, it doesn't matter--but only weigh during the same time frame or you will have freakouts like you did a few days ago.

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CHRISTINA791 5/1/2012 1:47PM

    This is an analogy I've used before, but it's a useful one: It's spring right now, right? That means it's getting warmer. Now, if you take the temperature on any given day, it might be a couple degrees higher or lower. Maybe it's a really hot, unseasonably fantastic day and you feel great. Maybe it's rainy and cool and it feels like winter will never end. You'll even get that kind of fluctuation in a single day!

Now, just because it's 70 degrees one day and then drops to 50 the next morning, that doesn't mean the seasons have turned around and we're now heading back to winter. The temperature graph from March to June isn't a steady line up - it bounces all over the place, because there are a million little factors that can affect the temperature at any given time. That's why one single reading will give you some useful information, but you can't place your entire understanding of what's happening with the seasons on that one reading.

Human body weight is the same deal. That number gives us a useful shorthand, but we are NEVER a single number. We fluctuate within a range, day by day and hour by hour, and it's that range that we want to change over time. Stepping on the scale is simply taking a single reading, and while it'll give you some useful information about where you are, it's not the single definition of success, any more than you can tell which way the seasons are going based on one single temperature reading.

Here's an example: Let's say I hit a new low weight of 140 pounds in July. That reading now represents the low end of my weight range. Then in August, after hitting lower points a couple times and 'losing' a couple pounds, I go out for a fantastic Chinese dinner, retain a ton of water, and... weigh in at 140 the next day. Is that failure? Did I undo a month of work in one night? Nope - it just means that that 140 now represents the *high* end of my range. One weight reading is up, but my range (and my average weight) are down - and that's success, even if I'm higher than usual that morning.

So, there's a couple ways to deal with this: First, you can detach yourself from the scale. Put enough time between weigh-ins that it'll reflect the movement of that average weight range rather than the normal daily fluctuation (and for that, you're looking at at least two weeks or a month). Second, you can do what I do and weigh daily (same time and conditions, once per day). That gives me a consistent graph that I fully expect to bounce around all over the place, knowing that I'm looking for trends, not single points. By weighing daily, I was able to pick out patterns in how I lost (or didn't lose) over the course of the month, so when I hit my regular two week plateau like clockwork, it didn't freak me out. To do that, though, you need to separate the scale from emotion and look at it in a more clinical manner.

Save that emotion and passion for things that you have control over - your behavioural changes. Sink yourself into a fitness streak or into loving your new way of eating. Try to hit a ten week streak on something or train for a race.

Good luck, and sorry for the comment novel :-)

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CEKER9 5/1/2012 3:39AM

    Have you gone to the HelpDesk link at the bottom of "some" pages. They will tell you if there is something wrong and (hopefully) fix it or tell you how to "set" the information in until you change it. That sounds frustrating to say the least.

I have been "off" my program for a while and haven't used the weight and nutrition (or actually any areas... except my teams and blogs) for quite some time. I'm starting tomorrow (actually today since it's after midnight, but after I go to bed and get up) to re-commit myself again to get healthy and shed some pounds.

And yes, weighing once a week will help... it will actually give you a better average. Although some people find that certain days they weight less than others and try to weight in on those days. Good luck on finding your "perfect" day!

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why bother, really why?

Friday, April 27, 2012

I am so mad tonight I cant see straight!! I knew I shouldnt have done it, I told myself, dont get on that stupid scale, but I did anyway!!
Someone tell me how is it even humanely possible to lose and gain 2 lbs in one day????
According to my scale I have, got on it this morning, was very pleased to see that it was down 2 lbs over the last couple of days, and tonight, after a long long walk, a very good hard workout today and no more calories than usual, my scale says "oh, we was kidding ya this morning"!!!
I hate that mfer so much!!! I dont know what else to do, I literally just give up, I am sick of counting every damn bite and every calorie and scanning the menu or the food labels to try to make sure its not too much fat or calories or carbs or sugar, and walking, and lifting weights, riding the bike, all of it....and for what?
To just have my scale screw with my mind.
I cant get past it, and I am fed up, its probably a good thing I dont have tons of junk food in the house right now.....I am not even gonna ask what I can do, or not do, cause I have been doing this same damn crap for so long its not even funny and I cant even keep 2 lousy pounds off.
Tomorrow this scale is meeting the side of a tree!!!

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KLOOP24 4/30/2012 10:51AM

  I kept taking it seriously when I'd weigh more at night than in the a.m. but then people kept telling me it's normal. Our weight fluctuated a 2-4 pounds everyday. So I only weigh the same time of day, only once a week, sometimes I wait longer. While I haven't lost any weight yet, we are trying to get pregnant (and may have done so but I have to wait a week to find out :O) but that makes it hard to lose weight knowing you're trying t oget pregnant.

But in the meantime, I should start eating healthier and exercise as long as i'm physically able to before I bust ;)

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/30/2012 10:35AM


What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. I can easily "gain" 3-4 pounds in a day ! I don't let it freak me out because I know my weight can fluctuate from day to day.

Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more that a temporary water weight gain that will pass in a few days. This too shall pass.

Let me ask you this, while the scale may not be moving in a direction you'd like, have you seen other changes ? Over the last few weeks, have your clothes started to fit better ? If so, you're making a positive change ! Do you have more energy today than you did two months ago ? Can you do more push ups today than you could two months ago ? Can you lift heavier weight today than you could two months ago ? Can you carry more bags of groceries without getting tied ? Are you sleeping better ? Can you walk or run a mile faster today than you could a month ago ? If so, then you ARE making a change for the better despite what the scale says. That's why we do what we do. We're doing this for our long term well being.

There really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. Look for other signs of success that you may not have noticed because you've been fixating on the scale. Will the scale move ? Eventually, but you have to be patient.

Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

Patience, it's a virtue. So, tell me... what sorts of positive changes have you seen over the last few months ?

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/28/2012 11:39PM

    Oh that's totally normal, don't even worry about it. My weight fluctuates as much as 3.5 to 4 pounds during the day. You just gain weight during the day from food and water. That's all it is! It's not the same as gaining FAT. Just weigh yourself once in the morning after you've flushed the tank, so to speak, and don't weigh yourself at any other time of day or after eating/drinking anything. If you do weigh yourself at other times, just remember that you're carrying food inside you and the added weight from food doesn't count. :)

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ROOSTER72 4/28/2012 6:40PM

    Let us know what your morning weigh in says!

I know its tempting to weigh yourself - I do it myself. I never regard a weight as truth - especially if it is not first thing in the morning, or on my official weigh in day (Wednesday).
I don't really regard any massive jump as real either - since I know that it take 3500 excess calories to gain a pound of fat. I would never have that many excess calories in a day (since that would mean I need to consume about 5000 calories)

It is worth it. Don't be too hard on yourself. Find healthy foods & exercise you enjoy and you will succeed!

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TINAJANE76 4/28/2012 1:41PM

    Of course you're going to weigh more after a day's worth of eating and drinking! I think it's a good idea to weigh yourself at the same time of day and under the same conditions. I always weigh myself first thing in the morning without any clothes after using the bathroom. There can always be small fluctuations based on what I ate the evening before and how soon I ate before going to bed, but I find the morning weigh-ins to be the most reliable with the fewest variables.

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    You will always be heavier in the evening than the morning. If/when I weigh myself before bed, I always knock 3 lbs off what it reads as that is about how much water retention I have - of course I get rid of that with 2 trips to the bathroom during the it all works out. And I never wear any clothing weighing in.

PS...LOVE your Dragon/Butterfly background!!!

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 4/28/2012 11:35AM

    Don't be so angry at yourself, or your scale! Your weight is always going to fluctuate during the day. In the morning, post-evactuation, pre-breakfast and shower, you are just going to weigh less. After a day of exercise and eating, your muscles are swollen, you've been drinking and retaining water... I can't imagine how you would weigh less in the evening. Don't give up, give yourself a couple days and weigh in again - in the morning! You can do it!

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NATNOEL 4/28/2012 8:47AM

    I was up another 2 this morning. I will not give up and you better not either. I need great women like you to keep me laughing. The way to look at it is .. tomorrow is coming no matter what. Do we want to feel in control of our bodies or out of control. I want to be in control and I want you to be too. Just keep on trying, I will be rooting for you.

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LESLIESENIOR 4/28/2012 12:15AM

    I gain 2-3 pounds every day from morning to night, just from the food and water I consume. What works for me is to always weigh at the same time of day with the same amount of clothing.
Don't give up, no matter what.
You'll be fine if you take it easy on yourself.

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HELEN_BRU 4/27/2012 10:46PM

    I've been there myself. Yours must be digital scale. Am I right?

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a pound is a pound, except when its a pound and a half!!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

I think I finally figured out why my calorie range keeps changing on SP, I had re-set my goal, to a short term goal, to lose 8 lbs in 4 weeks, til my next docs appt. And, I guess each time I reset that goal, it changed my calories, I knew 2200 seemed a little high.
I have to keep going daily to check how many calories it says I am allowed, before I track my food, to be sure I am getting the right amts.
It is becoming somewhat annoying.
Maybe I will get it all straightend out soon.
So, Friday as I had posted, I went to the annual Hillbilly Days festival, and walked and had a good time, stayed away from the good food booths, except for the one indulgence of a root beer float, which was more float than root beer, but its all good.
It was hotter than blue blazes, and I got a pretty good little sunburn, and Saturday was rainy, well, yesterday, someone turned the lights and the heat off!!
It was colder than a well diggers patooty!
I had a sweater on all day and fuzzy socks. This morning it was so cold, I had set my alarm for 8 am, so I could get up early enough to try to do something with my wild wild hair, but it was so warm and toasty under the blankets, I turned the alarm off and fell back to sleep, giving me very little time to scramble and get ready to be at my 11 am apt.
Well, all went well, I made it to the appt on time, it was with the dietician, although I became a little frustrated when she began asking me when I was going to arrange to have my medical records from the other doctors office sent....?
Well, I had to inform her that I had brought all that I had with me in person back in March, and I had assumed that they had gone thru it all and had it all sorted.
I had put everything in order, and stapled the test results with the docs they went with etc, etc etc.
Well, she said the coordinator must still have it all on her desk, and she would search thru it soon.
Blah!!! That was really the only bad part of the visit, I had only lost 1.5 lbs but, hey a loss is a loss is a loss, well, I just wish it had been more, and am bound and determined that when I go back on May 16th, it will be better.
And then I went and got myself a cup of coffee, bypassing all the goodie fast food places and coming home, to find that my wonderful son, had made me a delicious roast with veggies.
I love my son.
Single ladies, between the ages of 21 and 30, you dont know what you are missing, a hard working, non drinking, non drug using young man, who is hell in the kitchen, and yes, hes straight!!!
Hope everyone had a great day.

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 4/24/2012 12:37PM

    I love the title to this blog! I had some similar frustrations with the changing calorie allowance. I finally figured out it changed when I changed my anticipated exercise. Huh!

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LOSINGLINNDY 4/23/2012 10:27PM

    I love your blogs. I haven't heard phrases like a well diggers's patooty since I was a kid on the farm.

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a break, in my minds eye

Thursday, April 05, 2012

i love the people in my life, for the most part, i do however, and i know this is my own fault mostly, dislike their eating habits and the fact that, i have to work so hard to stick to a plan with so much temptation around.
but, i know that is my lot in life and i have to make my own choices and do what i have to do
i sometimes just wish, i could just go away, alone, do you ever feel that way????
just go to some mountain cabin, or house by the sea, alone, just sit and reflect on life and enjoy some alone time....
no phones or neighbors or hubbies or kids or computers
just me, and nature and maybe a good book....
oh well, back to folding laundry

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    I understand your frustrations with the way your family eats but when you remind yourself why you want to live a healthier life, then it becomes a little easier. :)

While I love the idea of going to the log cabbin in the mountains or a beach house,
I never felt that way. I grew up with a very small family and I always wished I had a bigger family and all the craziness that comes with it. Still, I do understand where your coming from and I could see why that would drive someone to want to escape to a scenic and quiet place. :)
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LOSINGLINNDY 4/6/2012 2:59PM

    You are not alone in your wishes.

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CEKER9 4/6/2012 2:30AM

    That sounds like heaven to me!!!

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    Yes, i wish that....
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