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Moving in the right direction...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

So I stepped on the scale this morning, again. (I probably weigh too often, but it helps me to stay accountable) This morning, the scale showed 185.2, so I broke the 186 barrier at least a tiny bit. That really motivates me to keep making good choices. We're hanging out with Brett's best friend and his fiance this weekend, so I've taken it upon myself to start planning a reasonably healthy menu for the weekend. Since both of us girls have been trying to eat clean and healthy lately, I've decided that the girls will win over the boys' typical fare of beer and meat.

Here is my proposed menu for the weekend:

Friday night - Everyone will be driving in after work and such, so we'll keep it easy for this night and head to Brett's favorite local brew pub for dinner. Hopefully I'll be able to find some semi-reasonable options on the menu, but I'll keep my calories low earlier in the day just in case,

Saturday morning - I'm planning on making up a spinach and ricotta frittata ahead of time and probably also a citrusy fruit salad for something easy and healthy, but also nice enough for guests.

Saturday afternoon- I'll share my quick and easy "burrito" with our guests, but fancy it up with some homemade low-fat guacamole (I found a recipe on spark that adds cucumber to lower the calories). I usually just do a mix of quinoa, beans and veggies some sort of side dish for those hungry, hungry boys though...

Saturday night- Our friends will be bringing up some aged steaks from a place down by them, so I will prepare some veggies to compliment that. I'm thinking roasted sweet potatoes (any suggestions for seasonings would be appreciated) and asparagus

Sunday morning - I'm thinking we can venture in to the find foods restaurant in the center of town for brunch, and then hopefully our friends will decide to join us at church.

Sunday afternoon - I'm not sure what time people are planning on heading out of town on Sunday, but I found a recipe for Thai lettuce cups online and so I'm thinking that with some brown rice with garlic, ginger and broccoli could be a winning lunch combo.

The tough part will be finding ways to incorporate exercise into the weekend, but hopefully planning a healthy menu will go quite a ways toward minimizing the effects of little/no exercise time. But maybe I can coerce people to go for a walk/hike/something....

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KABMPH 12/10/2014 1:39PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend, filled with good food! Enjoy!

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Reflections on why I might be stuck...

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

As I posted before, I've been stuck weighing about 186 for probably a month (or possibly longer) I am not willing to just accept that, so I've been reflecting on possible reasons.

1) Looking at last time I lost weight, I am working out less than I was at that point. Back then, I worked out 3-5 times a week and sometimes for as long as an hour and a half. I also did a lot more intensive cardio including running.

2) I recently started birth control... since that's hormones and stuff, it might be screwing with my body's normal mechanisms.

3) I haven't been tracking super religiously these days, so maybe I'm being worse than I really think and/or eating too few calories. When I've tracked the food I typically eat in a day, I end up on the low end or under my suggested range (especially after spark subtracts calories burned through exercise)

4) I have started strength training again, so maybe I'm gaining some muscle, but losing fat (wishful thinking)

What do you think? Do any of these resonate with your experiences?

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APED7969 12/9/2014 6:34PM

    If you want to rule in or out #4 do your measurements. If you've lost inches you've probably gained muscle. Birth control could also definitely be a factor. However I would focus on the two things you have control over. I would go back to tracking religiously for a week and see where you're at. And if you feel like working out more than do it. Even if you don't lose weight more exercise will make you healthier :-)

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KABMPH 12/9/2014 12:54PM

    Highly unlikely it's #4. The other 3 are definite possibilities. You know my bias is that it's #3.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

I feel like I've plateaued. Every time I've stepped on the scale for the past month or so, it has read basically the same plus or minus a few tenths of a pound. 186-ish. I'm sick of 186. I want to see 170s, 160s, even 150s... I've been eating healthy and low-calorie. I've been exercising. I can't figure out why I'm just stuck.

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KABMPH 12/8/2014 8:30PM

    So frustrating! If your insurance covers it or if you have the money to do it, I recommend seeing a dietician. I think I've been 3x over the past 5 years. It doesn't have to be a serious commitment to someone, but it might be useful to have someone look at your eating habits and provide expert opinion.

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APED7969 12/8/2014 6:17PM

    Same here. I'm working on the theory that if I keep doing everything right the scale will move eventually!

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    Hang in there and you will get unstuck

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Monday, November 24, 2014

If you've been keeping up with my status updates, you heard about me stepping on a christmas tree ornament yesterday... Great idea, I know... It actually damaged me more than the ornament, but I still didn't put that ornament on the tree. Anyway, I have been walking every day to make sure that I get at least 6,000 steps on my Spark Activity Tracker. I even limped around yesterday to get it in. I did it. Just barely. But, I did. Now I'm torn. Do I break the streak and give my foot a chance to relax and also go to bed early because I know I could use a great night's sleep? Or do I just do it again?

Pros of resting tonight:
-give my foot a chance to actually heal a bit so maybe it won't keep bleeding
-be well rested for boot camp tomorrow afternoon

Cons of resting tonight:
-No more 6,000 + steps streak

Pros of just doing it:
-Keep the streak alive and well
-Get a little extra exercise in my day
-Maybe potentially help me lose weight

Cons of just doing it:
-Less sleep
-Might not be the best thing for my foot

I think looking at it like this... as much as I hate to say it, I might need to break my streak. What do you think?

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RUDITUDI2000 12/3/2014 12:25AM

    I hope your foots healed and you are back to enjoying your tracker. emoticon emoticon
I love the bootcamp in December. That sounds like a great way to make progress during a busy season. Way to go!

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ALICIA214 11/24/2014 3:21PM


Getting a good nights rest will be more beneficial in the long run as apposed to
pushing your poor foot.. Take Care!! emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 11/24/2014 2:45PM

    I agree, you definitely need your foot. Maybe try something that doesn't involve your foot, like some core exercises. Then you still get your exercise in and won't really disrupt your sleep schedule. Hope your foot feels better soon!

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KABMPH 11/24/2014 2:16PM

    A streak is just a streak. You need your foot!!

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APPY-LAURIE 11/24/2014 1:27PM

    How about swim? The chlorinated pool would be good for your wound too!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

It's probably a combination of factors, but these last couple of days I have been ravenous. Which is not necessarily good if you're trying to lose weight. The other side could be it might be my body telling me that I need to eat more. I have recently started doing more exercise (as my muscles are attesting to with their soreness this morning), so that could be.. Especially since I seem to be craving protein (eggs, specifically) Anyway. I don't like being hungry all the time. Especially when I really haven't changed my eating patterns. Okay. I'm done complaining now. It's almost lunch-time. Thank God.

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MRSTABER 11/21/2014 2:38PM

    I love eggs! Eat some for me!

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KNEEMAKER 11/21/2014 2:03PM

  Rain, sleet, hail or snow, let's just keep on keeping on! emoticon

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