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I will not be derailed!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Me and sleep do not always get along.

Last week we had a pretty bad falling out, and I just barely slept the entire week. Why? Heat wave? Kittens in the bed? Fan on or fan off? All of these reasons added up to a perfect storm of insomnia. And when I have insomnia I am barely functioning during the day, much less exercising.. and all I want to eat is junk food that comforts me.

Yup, it was that bad.

I'm not even getting on the scale to find out what the damage is. In fact, I might just put the scale away for awhile and not worry about the number. I really need to just focus on making good choices for exercise and food.

That being said, did I get up to run today? No, I did not. I did make my 10k steps goal twice over the weekend, and I DO plan to run tomorrow. I have to redo week 4 of my C25k because last week was non-existent.

But I will NOT be derailed! I'm still in this thing! One bad week doesn't mean I'm done. I'm getting back up, dusting myself off, and marching forward. I can totally do this!

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STRONGCOURAGE 7/21/2014 9:14PM

    Aw, so hope you settle into a good sleep pattern this week! And wtg on those10K goal steps! :) emoticon Good idea to just let the scale hibernate for awhile :) emoticon You take good care! Hope you sleep deep tonight! emoticon

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SARAHSTORY23 7/21/2014 8:32PM

    I'm going to try adopting your attitude; I don't sleep either, and yep, when I'm tired, refined carbs are my "Snuggie." I think I'll do better to focus on healthy food choices as well---that darn scale feels like a ball and chain.

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    That's the right attitude- you CAN do this!!

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EVIE4NOW 7/21/2014 5:19PM

  Sleep and I don't get along too well either. Can totally relate!

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This Dang Plateau!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I'm not sure you can call it a plateau, but I'm not sure you can't.

In all, I've lost over 150 lbs and also gained like 200. Which should be equally impressive! Bring on the pasta and garlic bread! But what I'm getting at, is that I should be a weight loss GURU by this point. I should probably be on infomercials, touting the best ways to lose weight and maybe the best ways to gain weight. (This ice cream is sooooo good for gaining weight. You should put it on a corn dog if you want to gain 5 lbs RIGHT NOW! If you call now, you'll also receive THIS free donut!)

But here I am STUCK at 220. My body loves this weight. I can eat anything I want, and also eat better and exercise like a maniac for 4 straight weeks, and still I sit at this weight.

I've never actually had a plateau before, so I'm thinking this probably is one. Or my body is just having a revolution. I'm going to go low carb to see if I can jump start this, but it just seems ridiculous that I could be doing everything right (I THINK?) and the scale isn't moving.

NSV and all that, sure.

I almost feel like I should see how long I can keep the plateau! Maybe if I try to keep it I won't be able to, because irony.

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MIAMOJO 7/16/2014 8:46PM

    Very frustrating! I agree that reducing carbs could knock you off of this plateau. You have to do something to shake things up, and that might just do it! I'm not one to push any particular diet, because I've been on them all and we need to find what works for us. But I'm really happy with the one I'm following, more so than anything before. It's called the 17 Day Diet, which sounds cheesey, but actually it's a realistic, healthy diet that's low in carbs and high in nutrients and satisfaction. Not only is it tolerable, but I love it! My weight loss is slow but steady, and pain-free most of the time. No problems with hunger and no need to buy weird expensive ingredients.

Good luck, I hope you blast this plateau to bits and get to your goal!


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STEPH-KNEE 7/16/2014 12:36AM

    I had a lot of those... 250, 220, 212, 205... ridiculous huh? The good news is I haven't had one since... but 220 was a big one for me and it was a pain in the butt. I tried different things to shake it up, to be honest I don't know if they helped or it was just "time" for my body to let go of the weight... calorie cycling has helped me with plateaus in the past. Higher and lower calorie days is said to shake up the body, but no matter what you do, just don't give up! You will get there! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 7/15/2014 10:14PM

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GEORGE815 7/15/2014 7:58PM

    Keep at it!

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Beach vacation = so much walking!

Monday, July 14, 2014

I have never walked so much in my life I don't believe.

Now, granted, I did my long workout on Friday morning before we left because I didn't think I'd get enough mileage over the weekend. Boy, was I pretty wrong!

My fitbit totals were:

Friday: 19,651 steps = 9.26 miles
Saturday: 15,558 = 7.1 miles

I usually average about 10,000 a day when I work at it. So, these totals are way above average for me. I'm TIRED. I was supposed to go out and run today, but my body feels beat down, so I'm taking a rest day.. A second one.. I took one yesterday, too! I'm hoping to be back to normal tomorrow.

Also, I still haven't lost a pound. It's so frustrating!

This week I'm going to try to eat less carbs, and see if I can force my weight loss to start. I don't mind eating low carb, and I think it can kick start me.

How was your weekend? What are your goals for the week?

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STEPH-KNEE 7/15/2014 5:45AM

    Great job! emoticon emoticon

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    Wow and hopefully it was relaxing

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/14/2014 4:07PM

    emoticon on the steps. If I get 5000 I am excited. Since I can't go into the water yet, probably another 2 weeks, I am trying to get more steps in.

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ACRAIG921 7/14/2014 1:48PM

    Great job on all the steps!! I still need to get me a fitbit!!

I know it's frustrating when the scale doesn't move or goes the wrong way. I'm kinda thinking like you this week, less carbs. I've tracked all I've ate so far today.

Enjoy taking a break today. So all isn't lost, focus on your eating today, that sometimes can help even if you are not working out.

Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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a pic reminder - and a box of ice cream bars if I don't lose weight soon

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I was looking back through old blogs, and I found a before/during picture of myself at 55 lbs lost. I'm now at around 70 lbs lost:

It freaks me out because I look so thin, and I've lost even more weight since this time.. But I feel so fat. I guess it's because I've gotten complacent lately. I mean, I'm back on the horse doing the C25K thing and trying to count calories..

But it's been almost 3 weeks and I haven't lost a pound. Total bummer.

It helps to go back and see what was really going on. I can't believe I was ever that big like in the before pic, and yet I actually still feel that big. The messages I hear are fat Sarah messages - they say you're too big, you can't do that, you aren't an athlete, you'll never lose weight..

I'm still battling those messages 70 lbs later. It's hard because I still have so far to go. And the messages are so loud.

I'm trying! I'm focused on the good stuff! I'm trying not to sweat (no pun intended, and actually I made myself laugh!) the fact that I haven't lost any weight. One of my friends reminded me that my body is probably totally freaked right now because of the amount of exercise I'm getting, and could be holding on to especially water weight. I have high hopes that I will see a quick drop soon. I mean, seriously. I hope I see a quick drop SOON!

Any words of advice or suggestions or just positive encouragement welcome before I open a box of ice cream bars and a 6-pack of beer and say Eff it.

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SARAHSTORY23 7/12/2014 8:53PM

    Well, I have no advice, just thanks. Your awesome success is encouraging to me. (And I totally get what you mean about the fat messages. Arg.)

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JIBBIE49 7/12/2014 9:33AM

    Have you tried EFT Tapping? John on YouTube has great help as his channel is HealingMagic.
There is information on the internet how EFT Tapping began, as lots of people now teach it, but I've found John to be one of the most interesting.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/10/2014 9:03PM

  YOU have done an emoticonjob !!!!! Do you change the exercises that you do or the types of food that you are eating? This has helped me in the past. It's worth a try. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/10/2014 3:58PM

    I have lost over 120 pounds. I never let anyone take pictures of me, though there are some floating around. I personally don't have any. I use to be skinny as a teenager and even after having my son I was a size 0 within 4 months. It was my mid twenties that I started packing the weight on. The forties that I was obese. I never thought of myself fat and whenever I saw a picture of me at my brother's wedding, OMG. When I feel like saying eff it, I just think about how my back doesn't hurt so bad now, how I have put off knee replacement surgery for almost 5 years now, and I can move without being out of breath. Don't worry about the scale, think about how great you feel.

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BEACHCALSIX 7/10/2014 12:16PM

    First of all WOW!! That progress is amazing!!
Second of all, I can relate. The weight loss definitely slows down after a high number. I'm down to a crawl now, I used to easily lose 3-4 lbs per week and now after 60lbs lost I can barely get 1-2 lbs per week. So frustrating!!
That voice in your head can be annoying. Even though I'm at my thinnest in my life it still calls me fat all the time. I try to stay positive and fight it but it's hard. I'd love to share those ice cream bars and beer haha jk
Let's stay strong and push through. Eventually the weight will come off, even if it's slower now.

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MIAMOJO 7/10/2014 11:51AM

    Your mind is adjusting to the New Sarah, and so is your body. Don't listen to those Fat Sarah messages! Until a change shows up on the scale, concentrate on all the other benefits...remember those, the ones that were so inspiring to me? "I'm making new discoveries about myself, having really good quiet time in my head, and getting out and enjoying the world." Not to mention the muscle you're building and the improvements in cardiovascular health. Keep going because this is about more than weight loss -- it's about your health and your mental well-being. That's worth more than ice cream and beer. The scale can get us down for sure, but all of this is about so much more than that number.


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Popular Blog Trophy?! Wow!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

WOW! Thank you everyone! I have been on SP since 2006 and as far as I can remember, I have never, ever, had a Popular Blog Post! I feel so totally honored. The love and support I've gotten from my SP family has gotten me through some tough times, and I am really grateful for this site.

Why do I write blogs on SP? I think for me it's like a place to vent where people can relate to my struggles. Out there in the real world, it's hard to find this exact mix of people where we're working toward a weight loss goal, a fitness goal, a life empowerment goal, or all of these together. I mean, I suppose people out there living their lives are doing some of those things, but here at SP we are getting it done. And I'm not the only person who has weighed 300 lbs more than once.

Seriously, can you think of a place where there is a bunch of people willing to say they have over 100 lbs to lose - or have already lost over 100 lbs?! In the "real world" that's like unheard of. But here, we get each other.

I'm here for you - thanks for being here for me.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/9/2014 4:35PM

  You are very welcome. I really feel that the support system we have here is the most powerful tool of all in our success.

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BESSHAILE 7/9/2014 10:15AM

    Those bloglove comments really do warm the heart, don't they? and inspire too. and help hold us to the line.

Love me some spark people.

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PENOWOK 7/8/2014 12:06PM

    But look at you now!! You are living the world of "I CAN DO IT!!" Congrats on all you have accomplished!! (and BTW, you probably wouldn't have been willing to be out in that heat at 300 pounds!!) ;~}

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