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At Goal Again

Monday, February 10, 2014

I started strength training again 4 weeks ago. I am already back at goal weight (without counting calories or consciously restricting calories). I haven't been at goal weight for 7 months and I spent a bit of that time not only above goal but out of maintenance range. Strength training is definitely integral to my maintenance plan.

Now to lean out and be in peak shape for our upcoming cruise. I'm leaner than I was last time I was at goal so I don't anticipate it being too too hard to feel bikini-ready :-)

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/10/2014 10:37PM

    emoticon Strength is something I'm tempted to skip, too, but it's vital to my ability to finish my events.

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CODEMAULER 2/10/2014 3:50PM

    I'm guilty of skipping ST, too... not sure why. I mean, I don't hate it and would love to see the results, but it still falls way down on my list.

You are motivating; great job at getting to goal! emoticon

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SEATTLESIMS 2/10/2014 1:52PM

    Great job.. very encouraging. I've been missing a ST workout on Sundays.. and hearing your results means I need to stop doing that huh!?
Have fun prepping for your cruise@!

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Dirty, dirty holidays

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My holidays consisted of splurge after splurge over 2 weeks with family. It was wonderful to have two weeks with family... but I probably could have treated my body a little better. I ate what I wanted. I drank what I wanted. And, while I exercised some, I didn't exercise nearly enough. Two weeks of debauchery! Given we haven't had a vacation (which means I haven't had a long splurge) since mid-summer I simply don't feel guilty.... just ready to get back to clean eating and, finally, lifting.

I expecting a pretty nasty sugar-withdrawal headache tomorrow!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/7/2014 6:57PM

    Hey, if we NEVER had a season of lapse, we probably couldn't call ourselves human. And as long as it truly is infrequent (sounds like in your case it has been)... no guilt required! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 1/7/2014 4:35PM

    As long as you enjoyed yourself... at least that's how I tell guilt to take a hike.


Accepting what I've chosen and moving on is the only that seems to work for me. Enjoy your time back in the weight room!!

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So, so, so close.....

Friday, December 20, 2013

I've had success getting back to maintenance range in the last 2 months. I lost 7 pounds in 6 weeks and have just 1 more pound to get back to goal weight. I've also dropped some body fat and am below 22%. It's been about 6 months since I've been in this good a place in terms of weight. I need to do some work on the body fat though.

I did 2 rounds of boot camp and feel like the second round was a little much for my body. I'm hoping to start alternating - one round of boot camp off and one round of boot camp on, working with my trainer when I'm not doing boot camp. I'm ready to start lifting heavy again, in hopes of putting on some muscle and dropping some fat.

My sleep is getting better. I wish I could say that I decided to make it a priority but I think it's more that my body decided for me. Even if I try to stay up to supervise my son's late night homework, I fall asleep. My body just plain needs that sleep and is taking it. And, aside from one big screw up of a weekend, my son seems to be doing well with less supervision. This is a very good thing.

Today is the last day of school. I'm really looking forward to 4 days together with the kids before Christmas. Preparation is my favorite part of Christmas and usually they have to be in school. I'm hoping they'll do some Christmas baking with me :-) We're having Christmas guests for the first time since 2009 and I'm very excited about that too. Should be a nice 2 weeks :-)

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CODEMAULER 12/20/2013 3:16PM

    Your holiday plans sound busy and fun! Have a terrific holiday and WAY TO GO on your fitness goals!!

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Tired people don't make good decisions

Sunday, December 08, 2013

I have not been here forever. I really need to start sparking again.

I've had a rough time with maintenance since returning from Europe in early August. I've never gotten too far out of maintenance range but I've been consistently out more than I've been consistently in since school started. I know what my trouble areas are. I need to work on addressing them though.

1) Sleep. Because of some family issues, I've been getting less than 6 hours of sleep most nights. I know I need 7 to feel rested and 'less than 6' sometimes means less than 4 so I am operating with a large sleep deficit. Even if I got back to 7 hours of sleep a night, I'm not sure how long it would take to recover from this deficit. It's definitely the issue that I'm going to have the most trouble addressing.

2) Food & drink. When I'm tired I make bad food choices. I really think this is how I ended up needing to lose 50 pounds to begin with. I'm really good Monday to Thursday but it's sort of a free for all Friday-Sunday. I'm working on making better decisions on the weekends. Trying to reduce the splurging to JUST Saturday. But I don't want to go back to the hyper vigilance I used while losing weight. DH and I have really enjoyed our regular date nights in 2013 and we want to continue them. It's very hard to eat clean (like I did while losing weight) while eating out.

3) Exercise. I think I took too much of a turn towards cardio after injuring my shoulder early in 2013. I've been doing Beyond Bootcamp since September and my shoulder (and whole arm) is feeling SO much better. I think I am ready to go back to lifting heavy. I just need to figure out how I will fit it all in - 2 centergy classes, 1 core class, running before one centergy class and after the core class, ... means I can probably lift heavy OR do Beyond Bootcamp but not both. It's a hard choice because Beyond Bootcamp is social and I enjoy that.

128.8 this AM with a goal weight of 126. Really, really hoping to get to goal before Christmas. I have a physical in early January so I am highly motivated to be at goal. Just can't let myself get so exhausted that I forget my goals!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 12/17/2013 8:48PM

    You can do it, friend:) Consistency is key.

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SUZIPAM1 12/8/2013 2:02PM

    keep consistent - you will get there

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/8/2013 2:01PM

    Perspective? Looks like you're holding on, even though you're feeling not so much.

Motivation is the whole ball of wax... saying "no" to a few other things so you are well rested may help in that regard. "Fitting it all in" sometimes, for me, is a matter of knowing when "enough" is enough.

Spark on! emoticon

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Lack of sleep makes you fat?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Living on 6 hours of sleep a night is exhausting! I made a commitment to myself to stay awake to support my son as he develops study/homework and organizational habits. He's really motivated to get this under control this year but I don't like leaving him up all alone while the rest of us go to bed. He's doing great but he's got the body of a teenager which means he is perfectly fine with staying up until 11PM every night. I - yawn - am not. Add in the fact that I get up an hour earlier than him and I am living on a pretty severe sleep deficit.

I think lack of sleep makes you fat. Seriously. I think that my body fat is up because of the lack of sleep. Maybe I eat more poorly when I'm tired or maybe it really does change my metabolism.

So I'm doing the boot camp and my body is responding... but not like I expected... and I think it's due the lack of sleep. I'll have to do another boot camp when he's got this under control and I feel OK getting back to my 10PM-5AM sleep schedule.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 10/1/2013 1:46PM

    agreed, what boot camp are you doing - I need a push

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MADEIT3 10/1/2013 9:19AM

    Yes, lack of sleep will make you fat, and BREWMASTERBILL seems to have the science well in hand! And some unsolicited advice from this great-grandma - your son - as a teen - probably needs more sleep than it sounds like he's getting in order to grow! School's important. Health more so!

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    I'm of the opinion that it limits your ability to make good decisions. Science seems to add that it increases cortisol and drops leptin levels. Increased cortisol can allegedly "turn off" fat burning. Low leptin can increase appetite. These were mouse studies, so I'm skeptical, but the bottom line is that we know lack of sleep is counterproductive in so many ways.

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NELLJONES 10/1/2013 8:14AM

    I don't think the lack of sleep makes you fat by itself, but exhaustion sure does limit your ability to make good decisions.

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BABYSOX 10/1/2013 7:41AM

    I agree. Sleep is such an important part of being healthy. Good thing this is only short term for you. emoticon

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