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When It Ain't Broke, Don't Try Fixin' It

Monday, November 24, 2014

So, for the last week, I have been cheating on Sparkpeople and been tracking on My Fitness Pal. I know how to cheat on Sparkpeople with my calories but I guess I am really cheating myself. Anyhow, I gained THREE pounds in the last week. I think it's sufficient to say My Fitness Pal is not working.

I know what works. Sparkpeople. I did lose 100 pounds and I need to stick with it.

Also, I know it's the support I really need as my self esteem has really taken a hit in the last two years. You guys were there when I started and I know you are there now.

So, I've decided when it ain't broke, don't try fixing it!

  
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    SP is just great! I agree, don't mess with it. Have a great day!

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MM11113 11/26/2014 8:02PM

    hilarious! Puts you on the hot spot!

glad you've come back to rational thinking!

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PORTIAWILLIS 11/26/2014 12:47PM

    Why do we keep looking for the magic THING that will get the work done for for us. I get so aggravated at myself but just keep on looking. Maybe some day I will just do it. Anyway if we just keep on trying and stay honest to ourselves we will reach goal.

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MOMMY445 11/26/2014 11:14AM

    such great advice! thank you!

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LIZZYLAMBDIN 11/26/2014 11:10AM

    I joined my fitness pal last year ams I cheated on it all the time. I never lost anything while using it and I blame myself for cheating. It sucks but sometimes we have to face reality of poor food habits. At least I do. Good luck

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LORIVIOLA 11/26/2014 9:24AM

    consistency is key for me. Log it where ever and how ever you want- just keep doing it! I love SP but agree it is hard to log food here without taking tons of time. That is my least favorite part! But the people are the best! Good luck!

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/26/2014 6:41AM

    I use My Fitness Pal to log my food, it seems more user friendly, much easier to input my own recipes without having to publish them like on Sparkpeople, and the foods I normally eat are there along with all my recipes. After you get your foods in the favorites then it is very easy to log them in daily and have done so for the last 285 days. I use Sparkpeople for everything else. I tried a couple of times to switch to the SP food log but had such a hard time finding foods and verifying the accuracy of them, there seems to be a lot of inaccurate entries in the database here. I guess the bottom line is you can log your foods anywhere but you have to know what you are logging, be truthful and be able to recognize inaccurate entries in the databases because any site that allows members to add foods has them, just because 50 people verified the calorie count doesn't mean it is correct. I find the USDA counts to be most accurate for a lot of food items, food councils are frequently an accurate source like the dairy council, or the pork council, when adding a new food that doesn't come with nutritional information I search the internet and make sure I can verify a correct count before using the information, because I am the one to lose in the end if it is not accurate, or I guess I am the one that doesn't lose lol
Good luck with your journey, if you are determine and truthful to yourself you can find your way, and it looks like you are headed in the correct direction!
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WALKIN4JEANIE 11/26/2014 6:14AM

    You are sooo right. I cheated all summer and now am having a hard time getting back into go habits. Thanks for sharing. Sometimes its just nice to know that there are others out there. Stay strong!

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EMMACORY 11/26/2014 5:44AM

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  Cheating on yourself still hurts. Admitting and getting back on track takes courage and determination. We are all c emoticon heering for you!

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NONNAOF2 11/25/2014 10:36PM

  You've done great up to now, don't get too hard on yourself, you hit a bump in the road, so just keep on moving ahead and you'll do fine! :-)

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FRABBIT 11/25/2014 7:21PM

  Very well said. Happy Thanksgiving! Go Sparkpeople!

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AMBER461 11/25/2014 6:32PM

  Very good advice thank you.

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DIANNEMT 11/25/2014 6:20PM

    Come on back!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/25/2014 6:07PM

    You are so right. If you cheat on your fitness minutes or on your food tracking, you are only hurting yourself. I don't care, neither does Jane and John Doe. It is no pounds on our hips. There is a lady on fitbit.com who claims that she walks 50,000 steps everyday and has for over 10 years. No one believes her and she gets very angry. I asked my Dr. and he said it really isn't possible for that length of time without doing damage to the joints, but she still insists. She just makes herself look like an idiot. She is impressing mo one.

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SDEHNKE 11/25/2014 4:48PM

    I tell people about Sparkpeople all the time but I can't make them do it. There's just no way I can convey to them how awesome it is though unless they try it for themselves.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/25/2014 4:36PM

  Hi Savannah.........
You are so right!!!!! This is the place to be. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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ILOGEVERYBITE 11/25/2014 4:10PM

    Yes, I have gained while logging my food...a little carelessness is all it takes.

The problem is my body WAS keeping an accurate account.

So I am trying to let go of magical thinking and remember that getting honest is what helped me lose 50 pounds the first year.

I have also had a 2 year tough spell. Seems like the holidays are bringing it up. I want to be "jolly" but I am fighting sadness every day

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PUGLOVER1999 11/25/2014 3:19PM

    So glad to read all comments / have wondered about other sites (Am I missing something?) but SP has EVERYTHING. How could the grass possibly be greener on the other side of the fence? (Well ... there is the person who said her phone won't hold SP .... there are always exceptions.)

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PINKIE78 11/25/2014 2:13PM

    SP has made a huge difference for me too. emoticon Awesome job on your weight loss and effort to keep fit. Congrats!!!

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PJB149 11/25/2014 2:13PM

    Yes, I keep looking at the " next great thing," but then I come back to Spark Prople. It really is an all around site.

Good luck and happy holiday.

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JSEATTLE 11/25/2014 2:07PM

  Good for you to be accountable to yourself above all! I too can fall off my tracking, but have to face that it's so worth the effort.

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CALGIRL80 11/25/2014 2:05PM

  I use both. I love community here are spark, but as I have an old phone that won't download Spark app, I use MFP for tracking food and exercise as I can add it offline. However I am a big advocate of doing what works best for you. If that is using spark use spark, if it is not working, trying something else. I dont' see it as cheating, but rather using the tools that best fit me. Great job on realizing what was not working though.
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KATIBUG49 11/25/2014 1:54PM

    It's so easy to cheat when no one is holding us accountable but you are right we are only cheating ourselves, thank you for the reminder.

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Doing It Differently

Saturday, November 22, 2014

One of my qualities, good or bad, is that I am a deep thinker. I think about a lot of things and lately, I have been thinking about my journey. For most of my journey, I was focused on the number on the scale or compliments from friends and family. These are considered extrinsic motivators. They were much like the junk food I was liking to wean myself off. I would feel good for a moment or two but it never stuck. When I got to my maintenance weight, I realized I still wasn't happy.

I have a second chance at my journey and I decided I want to do it differently this time. I want to feel good about doing healthy things and not do it to see it on the scale. It has to come from within rather what others think of me. I am considering getting rid of the scale but it scares me a bit.

Running is one thing in my life that seems to make me happy from within. It did than and it did today. Today I did a 5K after working on getting my running up to par. I am very excited to share that I feel it is up to par. For me, par is running a 5K and/or 3 miles 3 times a week. I did both today!

Here are a few photos from this morning's Turkey Trot!





Today's goal was to run the entire thing which I did! emoticon The last couple months I have struggled with hip tightened and ankle tendon pain. Today I had none of that which is awesome! I finished in 44:30 which I was fairly happy with. My last few runs on the treadmill were 50:00-54:00. Guess I run outside faster, haha!

I am not sure how many people know this but I keep a scrapbook of all my weight loss photos and races. For the races, they don't always have a picture but each race page has the bib, race, date and location. I had a loose bib in my scrapbook that I had to put in there. Because it has been such a long time, I looked it up the details. It was the last race I did before I gained weight. I was ONLY four minutes faster despite being 40# lighter. This really surprised me. Guess it just proves that weight is really just a number.

I think that is all for today but I hope to blog more often. Now that I have a regular job, I am trying to workout in the morning, eat (track) healthy, essentially lose weight and blog more. The support here really helps me reach my goals. So, hats off to you all! emoticon

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 11/22/2014 11:57PM

    I love that you're making this work for you. Great Turkey Trott Run!

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MOBYCARP 11/22/2014 8:03PM

    Being thin (which I am, now) doesn't do it for me as a motivator. So the classic line, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels" doesn't work well for me. I need to substitute something that means more to me, such as:

"Nothing tastes as good as being able to run for 30 minutes feels."

Insert your own motivating time or distance, and you might have one piece of the maintenance motivation puzzle.

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GURLNEXDOOR 11/22/2014 7:42PM

    Great JOB!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/22/2014 5:46PM

    Dear Savannah:

Yes, you always seem to be "in your element" running. Awesome that you did it today! LOVE the pictures. Proud of you.

Hope that the job is going well. Always a learning curve with you start a new job.

Good job and HUGS!

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DOGLADY13 11/22/2014 5:33PM

    I generally do better running outside, especially when it is cold. Good job on the race.

You really do need a deep-seated reason to want to lose weight. The number on the scale just won't do it. Keep thinking about what would really motivate you and focus on that. My mantra is "if I want to be doing (insert activity here) when I am 80, I better be doing it now."

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New Job and November Goals

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recently I accepted a new job and I am really excited for this new opportunity. I am not even sure where to start with the positive things about the position. There is just so many things that it just feels good.

- Positive working environment from the sounds of it
- No more working overnights
- Resume skill builder
- Experience with physical therapist to see if I really want to do it
- About $1-2 dollar higher pay per hour which means I can afford health insurance
- No weekends or holidays!

I think I am most excited about the no weekends or holidays right now, lol. It's like I get a normal working schedule like my parents had. I get to work from M-F at 8:30 am-4:30/5:00ish.

Ironically, it took me two years to find this job after my college graduation. It's rough out there! I am so glad I applied. They really wanted me and it was the only listing in my area that is like this.

I am also excited that I will have more time for Sparkpeople to track food, blog. Sparkpeople has always helped me lose weight and I gained weight when I was an Americorp VISTA. I gained roughly 55 pounds and was up to 215 from 160. When I started as a CNA, I got down to 205. The last month or so, I have bouncing between 203-205. I think with tracking I can really get somewhere. It's been hard to track while working overnights because do I put it on yesterday or today as my days are typically 9 pm-12 pm. In a couple more weeks, I won't have to worry about that!

Also, I have been working at running a 5K on the weekend after Thanksgiving. It's been pretty good, I feel. For probably the last two months I have been running 3 miles regularly. Today, I tried to run after working and walking. Man, that was hard and I lasted a mile. Running on fresh legs is so much easier.

Once I start my new job, I will need to get into the habit of working out in the morning and we all know I don't like mornings! But, this is important and I think it will be easier to work out than!

For November, my goal list has been ever growing... but it is really have one goal in mind: to be healthy!
- Break into the 199s.
- Post on a FB group a reason I am thankful for my body (Hoping to have a better body image)
- No scotchoroos. Darn that local gas station that has them so available.
- Run that 5K Thanksgiving weekend.
- Strength train 3-5x a week (leaning towards MWF so I can run T/Th/Sun)

In the back of mind, I have other goals...
- Complete the Y's 5K Winter Series (A 5K in December, January, February)
- Get down to 180 by my birthday in April
- Run Granddad's Half Marathon in May
- Get down to 160 of Summer 2015
- Run Grandma's Half Marathon in June

  
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FRABBIT 11/25/2014 7:23PM

  Late response to this blog but congrats on the new job and you will love the 5K. Just keep moving forward and you will do it! You will feel great when you cross the finish line.

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DOGLADY13 10/29/2014 9:21PM

    You know we've got your back.

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MOBYCARP 10/29/2014 8:40PM

    If you're running 3 miles regularly, there's no physiological reason you couldn't run an organized 5K once a month. There could be psychological or scheduling concerns, but it sounds like those are looking good for you going forward. I like your plans!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/29/2014 7:41PM

    Thrilled for your good news. Things are coming together with you great goals. You can do this!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/29/2014 5:15PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you. So many positives. Way to go. Wishing you all the best and much success.

You have a good plan, and with regular work hrs., hopefully it will be easier to stick to it.

Just thrilled for you!



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A Lesson in Loving Yourself

Sunday, October 05, 2014

I give love unconditionally to everyone I meet but to myself. For whatever reason, I struggle to love myself. I thought it would happen after losing weight and becoming the perfect body media promised me. As I got to my goal weight, it seems the hatred for my stomach grew.

Every morning, I would wake up, stand in front of the mirror and just hate myself. I would look at that flaw and never appreciate the rest of me. I knew I needed to accept my stomach but just couldn't. Maybe it was the fact that it felt so unfair that I worked hard to lose 100 pounds and never got the flat, tight stomach like the media promised me I would have if only I lost weight.

I was so focused on the flaw in me that I never appreciated my greatest features. Every morning I still wake up and check out to see if my stomach have shrunk. When it didn't, it was like I was failure. Hating parts of me needs to stop and I need to love myself.

I have appreciated certain parts of myself like my legs that help me run miles. I have never appreciated my great complexion and feel I always have taken it for granted. In the past few weeks, residents at my work have told me how I have soft skin or a nice complexion. All these residents is they all have Alzheimer's. The thing about this disease is they have no filter so when they tell you have big legs or soft skin. They are typically just observing what they see - they aren't trying to be mean and would be upset if they knew what they were saying was hurtful. Some of these residents have the biggest hearts.

Not only have they shown me the lesson of appreciating rather hating myself everyday, they have shown me that if I don't learn to love my body now I will always struggle with it. I know some residents that still get upset with their big legs or flabby arms. These are individuals that are elderly, lived a full life, have a family that loves them and they still aren't happy with themselves. I don't know about you but I don't want to be in my 80s and not loving myself.

  
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MOBYCARP 10/5/2014 6:32PM

    It's hard to over-rate legs that let you run for miles. In my world, nothing tastes as good as being able to run for 30 minutes feels.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/5/2014 12:36PM

    Boy are we on the same wave-length! My status quote for today is:

♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*΄
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“Remember to send loving-kindness to yourself and to the world.” Cheryl Wilfong
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That's what it's all about. And you're right. W/Alzheimer's there is no filter, so you know it is what it is when they say something . . . good or bad!

I hope you do appreciate your beauty, because I see someone with :

beautiful hair
beautiful smile
beautiful eyes

The list goes on! HUGS



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Some days you just have to tell your inner voice to be quiet!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Some days you just have to tell your inner voice to be quiet. This morning I did that exact thing!

Work was very stressful. I don't really want to go more into that on a public blog. Let's just say I was so stressed and felt like puking, lol.

I know what I needed... the gym! I needed to run, hop, lift... whatever I had to do. I knew if I didn't go, I'd be craving carbs and sweets later and that's just dangerous cycle. So, I worked out after being on my feet, walking, and lifting residents for the last eight hours.

I am actually proud that I did work out after work. I didn't sit down in my apartment when I got home. I left my bag I brought to work in the car, ran in and changed into gym clothes and grabbed my iPod. Didn't let my body feel being tired.

I run 1.18 miles, did some kettlebells swings, TRX squats, 15 minutes on the elliptical. Overall, it was like 35-40 minutes long. It felt good to soak in the feelings of endorphins. emoticon

I do like the feeling of doing it before work but I think my body is ready to take on a little more daily exercise than the lifting of resident and walking all night (estimated 4-5 miles/night). I feel September's goals coming on... emoticon

On a side note, I noticed this week I haven't taken my depression med for like three days. I've been trying to get off them for almost 6 months. The method that the psychiatrist recommended was too fast. I knew this because I would get anxious or nausea. I do not recommend trying to get off any med before talking to your doc. For the last three days, I haven't felt those symptoms. It probably helps that my stress has decreased and my physical activity has increased significantly - both factors that affect my (or really anyone's) depression! I feel really good about this accomplishment!

  
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XRSIZE16 8/25/2014 9:53AM

    Hooray!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 10:35AM

    GOOD JOB Savannah. You nailed identifying what you needed, went for it and that's the exact right thing! Kudos. Proud of you, my dear.

((((HUGS))))

An
d yes, you are sooooo right. Its never a good idea to wean off of or stop a med w/o talking to your health care professional first.

HUGS my dear.

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TIFFFIT 8/24/2014 9:54AM

    Congratulations! It sounds like you're making healthful changes and feeling the positive effects. I wish you success as you keep weaning off your meds!

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HOLLYM48 8/24/2014 9:50AM

    I agree that exercise is a great stress buster. I hope you have a better day tomorrow at work.
Keep up the great workouts! Awesome job.

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