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Monday, November 07, 2011

This weekend I went home and it was nice and relaxing. I didn't realize how drama filled my college life was until I went home and didn't have to deal with it for a few days.

Anyhow, I did end up eating like calories didn't count. My mom made soup on Saturday night and I gained 5# overnight. In fact, Saturday morning I weighed 156 and on Sunday morning 162 and today 165. Okay, I know I had way too many cookies but NOT that many. There are 3500 calories in a pound so to gain that kind of weight, I would have had to eat 31,500 calories in excess.

Now that WOULD be overeating!

Also, I went for a walk on Saturday and Sunday. Walks don't burns TONS of calories but they DO burn calories... there is no way I gained that much weight.

So... you know what that means!

Sodium/water retention!

Bring on the water! emoticon

Also, kinda got off of my running so..

Bring on the running, as well! emoticon

So, hopefully, I can get back on track.. lose that water that is hanging on, get running, and get my tush back into routine!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/8/2011 8:18PM

  Hi Savannah........
Luckily you KNOW what to do to get rid of the added water weight. You will be fine. Glad to hear you had fun at home and had a chance to relax. Getting away from the drama helps to cope with it when you are rested.
Take Care........

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FUNFROG79 11/7/2011 4:54PM

    I hear ya on the water! Glad you had a good weekend!

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FLGIRL1234 11/7/2011 3:35PM

    Usually the salt in soup can make you blow up like a balloon. I hate that. I'm sure you'll be back to normal shortly. :)

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JENN26POINT2 11/7/2011 3:28PM

    My scale was up 3 lbs this morning too... crappy water weight from a mindless weekend. I have GOT to get my weekends under control.

I'm glad you had a good weekend!

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LISAINMS 11/7/2011 12:01PM

    It's amazing how a little change to your food will throw off everything. No, you didn't "gain" that weight, but it is rather shocking to see that on the scale when it happens. I have to go through that same thought process to bring myself down off the ledge. "You didn't eat a 30,000 excess of calories. It's just sodium. It will go away in a few days." Glad you recognize that and you are not freaking out! It's nice to get a break from the usual, but sheesh... do we have to pay for it in mental anguish?!?

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Coach Nicole's Chewy Oat & Nut Granola Bars

Monday, October 31, 2011

I usually do not blog about recipes but this one I had to! I LOVE THEM! They are so good! Even better than that, they were rather cheap, easy, and fast! I would definitely check them out if you had kids or if you are in college!

Check it out:

Tonight, I altered the recipe with just quick oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, coconut milk, almonds, chocolate chips, butter, honey, and fake syrup.

In the future, I might add raisens, peanut butter and add more oatmeal. YUM! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 11/1/2011 11:08AM


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WooHoo! I am under 158!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

For months, I guess you could say I was chilling on a plateau. It wasn't a huge concern for me. I basically floated around 160. In fact, since July, I haven't even been close to 158. Today, I weighed in 157.8. I think the emoticon is moving again!

Not only am I losing weight, it is FAT I am losing! emoticon How do I know? I did a InBody 230 scan where they can accurately tell me how much muscle vs. fat I have on my body! My muscle maintained while losing three pounds of fat since last time I did it! WIN!

A few factors have played into this change...

emoticon I have lifted different muscle groups Saturday through Wednesday everyday.

emoticon I have been trying to win a sister challenge where I have to do 60 minutes each day!

emoticon I have been trying to have quality workouts. This means focusing on working hard so I DO get sweaty!

Today was the first day that I was excited that I lost weight in a LONG time so I am not caring (right now) about my measurements/photos not showing a change. Usually I do not care much about losing weight and am like, "Oh, who cares." In fact, for a period of time, I felt more energized when running a new distance or time.

This week, I talked to my counselor about my body image and how I want to love ME.

She said two things.

1. I should try to focus on intrinsic feedback rather extrinsic. For those that do not know, intrinsic is how I feel and extrinsic would be external factors like any sort of measurement (i.e.: scale, tape measure, clothing). Honestly, I am not sure if I know how to enjoy intrinsic feedback because I have been measuring for so long extrinsically.

2. My assignment this week is to write a letter to the 260 me mentioning what she did for me and what I learned from her. I will probably write it in a blog in the next week so look for that!

With this said, I think I have some simple goals for November.

-Mediate weekly
-Attend 2 spin classes in November
-Gain 1# of muscle through lifting three times a week
-Try new recipes/snacks (Got any you want to pass on?)

Time to hit the books! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 10/31/2011 3:05PM

    Wow, way to go! All that hard work and determination is paying off!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/31/2011 9:03AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Soooo proud of you! You have an excellent plan. Good luck with looking inward for your kudos vs. relying on the outside sources. The ones INSIDE mean sooooo much more, actually!

Good solid plan, and I know you can do it. Woot!!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/30/2011 4:37PM

  Hi Savannah.......
emoticon!!!!! Have you kept a journal throughout your weight-loss/Lifestyle Change? If you have, did you write it from both a mental and physical viewpoint? This would be a great book for anyone attempting the journey that you took and as a future Physical Trainer, you could have your clients read it. There is nothing better than hearing the suggestions from someone who has actually been there.
Just a thought..........
If you like Quiches, there is a great recipe right here on Spark.
Crustless, Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche.

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LISAINMS 10/30/2011 4:09PM

    That's great, Savannah! Fat loss is what we're looking for so keep up the good work!!

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STRIPEDTIGER 10/30/2011 3:41PM

    Way to go and I like your plan!!

As for recipes. . .I've put a VERY yummy broccoli cheddar soup recipe that is low calorie on SparkRecipes.

Michelle's Lite Broccoli Cheddar.

The new Hidden Valley vegetable seasonings a VERY yummy!!

I'm rooting for you!!

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CIVIAV 10/30/2011 1:57PM

    Atta gal!

Healthy Moussaka is great and on the site...

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MYLADY4 10/30/2011 1:19PM


That is my goal is to do more ST. Trying to focus on the intrinsic instead of the extrensic is a really HARD challenge. Especially in this visually driven world.

What kind of recipe's are you looking for? Low fat, low carb, high protein, basic balanced. If you like to prepare a food one day and eat in the rest of the week for lunch I have some good ones.

Good luck on the goals.

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Body Image... Mine namely!

Monday, October 24, 2011

When I started this journey, I wanted to feel better about me. Basically, I wanted a better body image. Truth to be told, it doesn't matter if I am 160 or 260 if I am unhappy with how I look. I realize even through I have sexy calves, more defined arms, and higher confidence, I still hate my tummy with a passion.

Whoa! What? Hating myself? After all I have done? emoticon It seems just wrong, doesn't it?

Than, this morning I was thinking.. yes.. I don't like how my tummy seems to resemble jello but with wrinkly stress marks. I know, not pretty or sexy. But, that's the thing. I shouldn't be ashamed or feel down about my unsexy stretch marks. Like a mother with stretch marks, they are one unsightly thing I get for a beautiful thing. Instead of a child, I got a journey to get to know me and how to live a healthier life.

So, no, I probably will not ever be able to wear a bikini on the beach. Like like phoenix tattoo, it is a reminder who I was before and how I do not want to go back to that place.

I need to learn how to accept and love myself. Eventually, I hope to get there.. just like get to the big goal of losing 100 pounds!

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JENN26POINT2 11/7/2011 3:35PM

    Learning to accept ourselves is soooo hard, especially when we're slapped in the face every day with models in magazine, chicks on tv, etc. I always told a friend that I didn't care if I weighed 200 lbs as long as I was happy with my fitness... um... yeah, not so true.

I have stretch marks from having babies, on my tummy, my thighs, my breasts and my underarms. Some days I'm intrigued by them and other days disgusted, but I really do spend more time relishing their meaning than hating them. I'll never have a bikini tummy b/c of the pregnancies, but is that going to stop me from wearing one?? HELL NO! My hubby will think I'm sexy regardless of the stretch marks and hopefully I will too. :)

I hope you're able to find a way to not hate your body. I think we're all working on that task, so you're not alone.

Have a nice day.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/27/2011 7:50PM

  Hi Savannah........
What a great way to think of your tummy!!!!! An honor badge..........I love it.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/25/2011 12:26AM

    I believe there will always be something that needs improvement in our lives, whether it be our body or the people or things we have in our life. Before we gained weight, there was probably something about our particular shape we just didn't like. For example, I've observed that while "apple" shaped people have more unhealthy fat around the belly, "pear" shaped people seem to have more self-esteem issues. I don't think my own apple shape will ever lose that extra fat around the belly: but I try to not let it get the best of me, and yes, those days where I feel a bit pudgy do have a negative impact on me and I need to stay away from the mirrors. We seem to be a little too good at getting worked into a snit over things that our brains tell us really are not that important, yet we can't help but let the world influence what we want to see through television and magazines.

Fix one area in your home and before you know it, another area needs attention. May we find ways to fill our minds with the thoughts that bring us back into what's really important. If you find the answer to this dilemma, let me know. In the meantime, good luck with making the adjustment.

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DIEHL79 10/24/2011 8:45PM

    I''m there with ya. My tummy is starting to resemble a deflated stripped balloon. Great attitude about the tummy though!

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Physiological Plateau?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Eons ago, when I was unfit, I basically just had to show up for my workouts and in the end, I would be drenched in sweat every time. In my eyes, if I am drenched in sweat, it was a great workout!

Lately, more often than not, I am not drenched with sweat. In fact, I am lucky that I have broke in a sweat. The only times that I seem to get sweaty is when I run and go to step aerobics.

This morning I went to spin class. Spin is supposed to be intense but I barely broke a sweat. So, here I sit, frustrated and disappointment. A second work out IS be in today's future. But, what? I NEED a good workout for my sanity!

Why can't I get a good workout done?
Have I plateaued mentally?
Have I plateaued physically?

More importantly, how do I fix this?

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1CRAZYDOG 10/24/2011 1:32PM

    Well, you've definitely got your mind atuned to your body. You've gotten good suggestions (tracking, changing up your routine, rewarding yourself. But what else is going on?? Seems like for me, being in maintenance as well, when something is bothering me, the bod just doesn't work the same. So, I journal. Usually I can find the solution that way. Look @ the problem(s) and find solutions. Hang in there! You've come a long way baby! You can do this. And you KNOW we're here for you.

Sorry I've missed you over the weekend. Just a crazy, busy weekend!



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LISAINMS 10/22/2011 4:36PM

    I realized the same thing last week -barely sweating in spin. This week I started class with a full turn of tension when we were supposed to be on zero. That did the trick. My calorie burn on HRM went back up to 400 and was putting out a decent sweat about 15 min into class. As you become more fit in an activity, you have to increase the intensity to challenge your body. Just as you should increase weights in your ST when you can easily finish a set of 10.

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MYLADY4 10/22/2011 2:13PM

    The body has an amazing ability of adapting to what we are asking it to and yours has adapted. For the longest time I thought that I had to workout longer, work out harder and that was actually hurting me.

What other machines can you try at the gym? I know that I have some Jillian DVD's and even seeing a PT 1X a week, she can still kick my butt. Maybe try one of those ($10 at Wal-Mart).

Good luck

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/22/2011 1:25PM

    How crazy is this? You've done so well in your workouts it takes more and more to work up a sweat. Isn't that natural? You are incredibly fit and to be congratulated! WooHoo! Celebrate!

I do believe this is the same reason why we are to vary up our routines. Usually it is to relieve the feeling of boredom we might get by doing the same-oh, same-oh. Whatever the reason, I trust you have an exceptional ear to hear what your body needs. Do what brings you a sense of satisfaction – provided it's not in the insanely “too much movement” category – and I trust you will know when you have reached that level. One way to check this is to see if your calorie differential report within the SparkPeople reports is in sync with where you should be for at or near maintenance. We are so fortunate to have such great food and fitness standards available to us.

It may be as simple as rewarding yourself with a new pleasure outside the stress of your studies that's quite different: reading a book or online article for pleasure; stretching and meditating with a little tai chi, qi gong or yoga; going to a movie, visiting a new health food demonstration or restaurant for light lunch, enjoying a campus event, or watching a program that meets your needs on television. Joy in relaxation is as important as your working up a great sweat. While I haven’t kept up with the more recent Biggest Loser episodes, I know one of the trainers regularly introduced yoga into their regimen with great success.

You have reached a level of success many only dream about! Because I too have reached it, I can appreciate the difficulty you may experience while in the maintenance mode. My mindset still isn’t right, but I’m working on it! In the meantime, I continue to track, track, track. Oddly enough, if I hadn't tracked the Bahama Breeze lunch yesterday and found it within the SparkPages, I wouldn't have eaten enough. I would never have guessed I would begin overestimating my intakes. It's all a wonderful learning process that continues to keep me sharp (or dim witted in some cases). Smile, smile!

I have every confidence that you will find that right balance in your life.

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JUSTBIRDY 10/22/2011 11:15AM

    Maybe your body is telling you that it needs a break.

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CIVIAV 10/22/2011 10:58AM

    I sit broken?

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