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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Okay, let's keep this short and simple.

I have gained 7#.
I feel soft again. Like no toned muscles.
I feel out of shape.

Time to get fit!

But I need help.

I reached out to a maintenance team and they said the challenges are all over the place. I am mainly active on two teams - a half marathon team and a maintenance team. Neither have the focus of weight loss.

So, I am asking YOU.

What is your favorite team?
Is it active?
Are the challenges more than logging my weight?
What is your favorite challenge on the team?
And, why?

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RACEWELLWON 10/19/2012 2:17PM

    I think you should research the teams - I like the 10 pounds a month club - I also like - where am I walking to club - check them out .

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RUNNER12COM 10/16/2012 8:13PM

    Team SDJ... but I'm terribly biased. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2012 6:38PM

    I am part of the 77 Days of Autumn Challenge. I also did tne 100 days of Summer Challenge. There is a related word (like for example, this week the word is TURKEYS). There are seven separate tasks associated with each of the letters in the word. You have to track and post, and your best to check in daily as this raises your level of commitment. You do not have to specifically be in maintenance mode, so working with the goals to lose weight is fine. Check it out.

And I agree with SHERYLDS. check out the information on the sites she suggests.


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EJOY-EVELYN 10/16/2012 12:30PM

    I enjoy the 5% challenges and the Teddy Bear Team (one of about 11 teams) . . . however, these and the Biggest Loser Challenge and their interim SAC team challenges are not for the weak at heart as my 5% team runs every 12 weeks or so for 8 weeks and actively track three areas: 1) we post our fitness minutes as miles to an exotic city, while 2) living the good life (LTGL) and earning team points with one specific challenge each week (ie drinking water, reading labels, eating freggies, rewarding self, rewarding others/blogging, sleeping 7-9 hours, etc), and 3) weekly weigh ins. If youíre not up to the daily logging, then this team is not for you. There are a lot of people not up to the daily commitment expected of them. Being that Iím in Week Two of an 8-week challenge, the next challenge may not begin until closer to the New Year.

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SHERYLDS 10/16/2012 10:55AM

    I'm Not as much of an expert as you are...
but everything I read says that for 'weight loss' diet/calories are the deciding factor and exercise stimulates the metabolism.
Check out or

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NATPLUMMER 10/16/2012 9:18AM

    I feel the same way.

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Emotional Eating Monster

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

For about three years while I was losing 100 pounds, I was able to fight the monster of emotional eating. In recent months, I have been failing miserably. So much so that I have gained about 10 pounds. But, honestly, it's not about the weight gain. It's more about how at the end of day, more often than not, I eat and eat and eat uncontrollably. It's scary to lose control.

I have tried tracking but that's not working. I limit my food than I find I am not eating enough throughout the day. Most days, when I was trying to watch I eat, I was around 1000 calories at 4:00 pm. That doesn't seem like enough calories, doesn't it? I even reached out to my counselor. She suggested tracking. Also, she suggested breaking food up. But, I still get this insane panic inside me.

So, what am I so emotional and stressed about, anyhow? In just a few months, I am graduating. I have no idea where I am going to work nor where I am going to live. I don't have enough money for a deposit either.

With all this going on, I feel like I have lost my spark for fitness. I am tired of trying to lose weight. I am tired of trying to have time to work out. I am tired of trying to sweat.

Any advice for me?

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RACEWELLWON 10/15/2012 7:47PM

    Are you sure we are not related? Little Laughter :) Goes a long way. I do the same thing when I have alot of things going on in my life. The stress of graduating , moving all that is working on you. Let me introduce myself , my name is Karen - I live in Chicago - I am taking a CPC Medical Board on this coming Sat. (yikes) so I have been eating like a banshee , lately - even with tracking but , I know this its stress- That little gland the hypothalamus - he's tiny but control a ton of functions in our body. When we get into stress mode - the hypothalamus goes into fight to flight mode! He send singles to the rest of our body that we are in starvation mode - therefore, the rest of body puts the brakes on and stops eliminating the fat. Its all true - A book suggestion - The Core Weight by Marcella Peck she is a nurse practitioner for an OB/GYN - she's awesome - she explains then entire process and perhaps you should be eating more than you currently are - Her Book can purchased online under $20.00 at Hull House Natural Healing. I know because in Nov. of 2010 I stepped into a hole and damaged both legs ! Six surgeries to walk again ! I gained 80 pounds , wow. I read her material and combined her thoughts with Spark and since April of 2012 - I lost 20" in my waist- just breathe deep- Get through Graduation first every thing else will fall into place - you'll see. I am here if you would like to talk - Hugs Karen emoticon

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TALVARADO6 10/11/2012 8:35PM

    If you are tired of trying to lose weight, then try just maintaining for awhile. You look great, it's ok to just stay the way you are for awhile. It's good to let your body adjust.

You are going through a stressful time right now, I can understand that. Coupled with the stress of trying to lose more weight can be overwhelming. Try researching some stress relieving activities that sound good to you. It is your body, listen, and it will tell you what it needs.

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JPGSMOM 10/11/2012 2:58PM

    Hey girl... You are on the precipice of something wonderful... Your life is just starting to blossom. These are very wonderful, but yes, very scary things. The unknown can be very frightening and intimidating. But this is what happens in life to all of us. We are constantly faced with some kind of adversity. Rest assured that once we think we've got things under control, something else is thrown your way. You should be proud of yourself... Because you are here blogging about this challenge you are going through. So, that means that you see this "monster", and you're not willing to let it do what it wants to do to you. There are always going to be changes in our lives that we will need to face, whether it is facing graduating and moving on to the next phase of our life, or dealing with an aging parent, or adjusting to a new baby, etc... These are all challenges that each of us will inevitably face. How we decide to face them may mean the difference between throwing away everything we've worked so hard for here, and truly putting what we've learned to work for us. I guess I look at you and me for example... We are both at very different stages in our lives, and facing very different challenges, yet we have both made SP work in our lives. The one thing I've learned along the way, is that there are so many of us struggling, succeeding, working hard at making a lifestyle change that works for us, but we all have our own way of doing it. What works for one of us doesn't necessarily work for all of us. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, try to embrace what is coming. Try not to worry so much about how your current routine is going to fit into your new life. Chances are it may not, and you will have to find a new way to implement healthy choices into your new life. Maybe marathons will have to wait, maybe the gym won't see you as much as it does now, but that doesn't mean there aren't other ways to work for a healthy lifestyle. And that doesn't mean you are failing. Quite the opposite, consciously making adjustments to how you are implementing things into your life to stay healthy means you are succeeding. So, go ahead and let yourself focus on the new priorities ahead. I mean, you have to right? :-) The one thing that I love about SP, is that it is flexible enough to work for anyone. (You told me that once! :-) We bend it in ways to make it work for us. I have a feeling that if you're able to rely on the foundations of what you've learned through your weight loss journey stay with you now, you will find a new way to make a healthy lifestyle fit into your new life. Good luck to you, and know that there are people who care about you.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/11/2012 2:31PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I wish that I had the answer for you, but I don't think that any one answer applies to all of us. We each have individual needs and have to do what works for us.
When I get into this slump, I have to find something in my present situation that will excite me. If I am happy with what is going on in my life, it is usually because I am taking good care of myself. Is there an area in your life that you could change that would excite you? You mentioned the fact that you are graduating. This in itself is scary, because you will be looking for a job and maybe moving to another area. We tend to like what is familiar and you are facing changes in the next few months. Even though these changes are exciting, they are also stressful.
I would try to find something that you really enjoy and that will keep you from over-eating in the evening too. YOU are the only one who knows what this can be.
I wish you the emoticon .

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1CRAZYDOG 10/11/2012 2:25PM

    Maybe joining a challenge as EJOY suggested? Maybe indeed you neeed more that 1,000 calories by 4 pm not to feel like eating the leg off a horse. THAT'S when I experience failure as well.

Above all, hang in there. You CAN do this, Savannah. You have worked soooooo bloody hard to get where you're at. It's not worth giving up.

I know you have multiple stressors going on right now. That doesn't help, I know.


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EMFRAPPIER 10/11/2012 8:45AM

    I've been battling this same monster for a long time. I think it's something that will always be there in the background. It's tough, but try to take it day by day. Break down your concerns into manageable steps and really be aware of your feelings and address them. You'll figure out what you need and what works for you.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/10/2012 11:11PM

    I have done something similar and my last blog returns me to SparkTeam challenge mode during this season where I seem to want to eat all the time. My battle with food may very well be a life-long battle to work towards the path of healthy living. Hope you can find what works for you.

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October's Goals: BF%, ST 4x/week, Track Daily!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

After writing my most recent blog, I did more thinking about BMI and body fat percentage. I even found a formula from my personal training resources to determine what body fat percentage I should be at. It turns out that no matter how I focus on it, I should be near one number... 145. If I was a 145, I would have at a healthy BMI and a healthy body fat percentage in theory.

Today's Stats:
BMI 29
BF% 32
Weight 167

Goal Stats
BMI 25
BF% 25
Weight 145

To get to my goal, I think I am going to try to focus on strength train one muscle group four days a week. This would be a different approach to strength training but maybe what I need to mix it all up for me! If you do this, I would love to hear which muscle groups you focus on each day to prevent overtraining and injury!

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HEART4HOME 9/28/2012 7:45AM

    Great goals and good for you. I know that you will do an amazing job.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/27/2012 8:42PM

    You will be so hot with the achievement of this wise goal ... And, don't get me wrong, you really do look hot now!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/27/2012 2:40PM

  Hi Savannah.......
Sounds like a good plan to me. Mixing things up has multiple rewards that I think you will be happy with. The "NEWNESS" of what you are doing should "SPARK' or renew your interest. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/27/2012 2:24PM

    You can do this! Glad you have a plan. HUGS!


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NATPLUMMER 9/27/2012 1:03PM

    Good plan.

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SHRINKINRUNNER 9/27/2012 12:58PM


What is this formula to figure out the body fat?!

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Weight Watchers Inspiring A New Focus?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Today I went to Weight Watchers to inquire about a job there. I have lost 100 pounds and like helping people reach their health and fitness goals. Basically, they told me I had to do two things.
1. Be part of their program, reach and maintain my goal for 6 weeks.
2. Be at a BMI of 25. (For my height, that is around 145.)

Putting aside the fact I have gained 7 pounds, I am pretty happy at 160. The conversation with the district manager for WW really gave me something to think about. I am not sure if I WANT to lose 20#. No, wait. I am not sure if I have the motivation to put the energy into it like I did before. When I reached my goal of losing 100 pounds, I was exhausted and tired of trying to lose weight. I was ready to be done!

Than, there is the fact I would have to pay $35.95 for the first month than $42.95 for the following months. This fee includes weekly meetings, the point system, and an online community. Why should/would I pay for this if I have Sparkpeople for FREE?

Let's be honest! IF I was tracking my food and fitness, I would be losing weight. That brings me to my next thought. Maybe it is time to let go that I lost 100 pounds. My page is an inspiration to others to do what I did but it is not really motivation for myself like it has been in the past!

With that in mind, maybe it is time to revamp my page and focus on a goal of 20 pounds. This means removing past progress photos. Maybe putting them in a file on the computer for safe keeping. I do have my photos in places besides Sparkpeople, of course! The thing is I know if I started to focus on 1 pound a week (very reasonable!), I could be 155 by New Year's Day! That is a 12 pound loss from what I am today! My boyfriend did say he would help me. He really is supportive!

And, if you are curious, I am still fighting the battle of wanting to store all my food away for winter, like a squirrel and their nuts! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/26/2012 4:36PM

    It sounds like it has!!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/26/2012 12:33PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I would say that YOU have found your new SPARK!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2012 9:28AM

    Go for it. I wouldn't worry about WW at all. I think you DO have what it takes to do this w/SP. I wouldn't remove progress pictures! I believe you page is inspiring to soooo many. But DO change up your goal to reflect your journey to lose that 20 lbs. if that is what you decide you should do!

Wishing you much luck, and I agree . .. this may be what you've been searching for to challenge yourself!


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JPGSMOM 9/26/2012 7:43AM

    Savannah, you've been looking for a new challenge for awhile now. Maybe this is what you need... Go get em girl!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/26/2012 1:54AM

    Do whatever your heart desires. You're the whole package and I wouldn't want to leave any part of the good history you've overcome behind. Having been an active weight watcher for over five years, I have missed only this last month as a lifetime member who's been nearing the high-end of my BMI. I would like to return to a closer to 22 BMI. Already have two Spark Challenges lined up that will take me into Thanksgiving and Christmas and will likely add another one while checking back in with my WW group again soon.

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SHERYLDS 9/26/2012 12:58AM

    do would really prove to yourself what a true CHAMPION you are.

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My fear of having no food

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In the last couple weeks, I have gotten up to 168. emoticon Years ago, when I was 260, this would have been a dream weight. Now, it feels like I am failing at maintaining and heading back to 260-ville.

Even through I know I cannot gain 100 pounds overnight, I felt I was losing control of my eating. That is a scary on so many levels. It wasn't until I opened up to my boyfriend about the real issue at hand, I actually was more in control.

I talked to him about how I feel a sincere fear that if I do not eat all the food at any given moment, that there will not be any food for me later to eat. This comes from two different regular situations.

1. I am a college student with very little money. Sometimes I worry how I am going to eat for x-amount days because I won't have vegetables, meat or pasta. It is scary feeling.

2. My family likes to eat. So, when there is a food that tastes really good, it is gone almost immediately. In the beginning of my weight loss, I used it to my advantage. I knew if I resisted just long enough, the tempting item (i.e. doughnut) would be gone and I wouldn't have to worry. Now, if I want to work a treat in my daily nutrition, I need to hide it. If I don't, someone will eat it on me. My niece learned this lesson as soon as she learned to talk. She started hiding her food as well. If I do not hide it, I eat extra portions because I know it's the last time I will have access to it.

These aren't pretty reasons but they are the reasons I have been able to identify. As I was wrestling with them, I told to my boyfriend about it. He was quite sweet about it and told me he would give me some of his food. The thing is I know when he was growing up he had to fight for food during foster care which he would later share with his sisters. Now, he is willing to do the same for me. That takes a very selfless person.

Putting that aside, I really admire my boyfriend's eating habits. He will put down a half ate piece of pie or cookie returning to it ten minutes later. That is admirable to me because I have to gobble mine up in seconds.

Lately, I have been buying food even through I don't necessarily need it. It is because I know money is going to run out soon and will need food. My boyfriend pointed out that I am nesting. I guess he is right. I am basically stocking up for poorer times.

Anyhow, this is my fear of having no food.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/20/2012 11:53PM

    I think it's also seasonal for me. In the fall when I see so many of my critters hoarding the nuts and seeds for later enjoyment, I, too, seem to be in pig-out mode as if I need to store up for winter. I'm so looking forward to another great SparkTeam challenge to begin soon . . . something to tide me over nicely through Cultural Night (Nov 10).

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XRSIZE18 9/19/2012 12:36PM

    Crazy how much alike we are. When I was younger, my family had food, but just enough. I frequently would take pantry items and hide them in my bedroom for later. I got in trouble several times for that!

Dealing with food issues can be so sensitive and tricky. I think they'll always be there for me, but I'm learning to combat them.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/18/2012 10:14PM

  Hi Savannah..........
Just recognizing what your relationship with food is is a giant step in the right direction. I can't begin to counsel you on exactly what to do because I am not sure of your eating program, but you have mentioned a counselor in the past that has been a big help to you. Could you possibly talk to her about this to see what her thoughts might be?
I wish you the best. Food has always been a source of "Comfort" to me and this is very DANGEROUS!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 9/18/2012 6:27PM

    Oh, food insecurity, you evil demon! I dont have answers for you. I think CrazyDog did an excellent job of identifying some potential solutions. Good luck.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2012 4:39PM

    Dear, dear Savannah. Ever the very smart woman being able to identify and articulate the problem!

I can't say I speak from experience, becasue I just haven't had the same experience. BUT I can understand when you're not sure where the next healthy meal is going to come from that you'd worry big time about it.

That said, here's what I wonder. What can you do to "fix" the problem??

1. Not knowing what your income is, I'm kind of at a loss here, but you know what your constant bills are, right. And you know on average what your monthly income is. How much of that income is going for food?

Is there a possibility that you could be eligible for food stamps to get you through? I will tell you right off the bat, though, the foods approved are not always the healthiest.

2. Not knowing how many hrs./week your internship is and how that jibes with your classes, I wonder, how much extra time, if any, do you have? Would it be possible to just work a couple hrs. @ the school doing something to earn a few extra bucks? Just a thought. I know as a student time is short. But on the upside, you WILL be graduating in December. Not too far off.

3. Probably not the best food on the planet for you healthwise, but is it possible that on your campus that there's a meal plan that might be cheaper than having to buy all your own food??

All these are just thoughts to take or leave. I think it's very sweet of Mark to offer to share his food with you.

Canned tuna, canned salmon, peanut butter, eggs . . . all are relatively cheap and you could make some inexpensive meals combining them with some veggies and/or fruit.

Just possibilities. I know when Jason lost his job, we ate a LOT of different tuna dishes (not just tuna casserole . . . some pretty healthy meals).

Breakfast foods (like oatmeal or cornmeal, for example) can also make nutritious, healthful meals, even for supper.

Ok I've blabbered on enough. Wishing you success figuring out what to do and I hope some of this helped.

HUGS and hang in there.


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GETFIT2LIVE 9/18/2012 12:35PM

    Recognizing what's going on internally is a huge part of the battle to get in control. It's tough fighting through those fears, whether they are from real problems (like not having enough money to buy food!) or from past issues. I'm so glad you have someone in your life to talk with and work through them; hang in there, you will make it! Maintenance is not as easy as we think it will be when we're fighting to lose the weight, but it's not impossible.


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MYLADY4 9/18/2012 9:43AM

    Good for you for recognizing that there is an issue, now to figure out how to deal with it and put it behind you.

Good luck!!!

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JPGSMOM 9/18/2012 8:48AM

    Hey Savannah- I admire you for being able to identify these tricky areas for yourself. I honestly believe that is 1/2 the battle right there! Really identifying what our own personal pitfall areas are. For me, after I joined SP, and started practicing some self control, I realized, that I was the one in the family that was gobbling up everything before anyone else could get to it. I guess that too is a type of "foraging", just in a different sense. It's funny, and probably a bit wacko, but for me, having to toss out some portion of treats or desserts now because it has been sitting too long is actually a success for me. I know there are people out there that would shutter to think I am happy to waste food like this, but an addiction is an addiction. And I know that I am addicted to food. And I guess in a warped way, if some sort of treat is old and has to get thrown out, in my mind, I was able to control myself around it. I've never been able to say no. If it's there, I eat it. So I'm warped, but that's me. LOL! But anyway, you are a strong person, and the fact that you are mentally challenging yourself to really dig deep to uncover your true pitfall situations is a credit to your determination to stick with the healthy lifestyle you've created for yourself. Way to go! You are in my thoughts, and I'm wishing you strength and determination today!


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SOXYINMO 9/18/2012 6:55AM

    Oh big hugs! It is really amazing how food can have so much control over us! And there is nothing worse than that fear of not having.

We went through so many years of having so little that, although our household is now down to just Al and me, we still tend to buy HUGE bags of rice and beans because having those on hand is a reminder that we will not starve! It's comforting to look in my pantry and see lots of jars of things.

I just went through my pantry and actually threw out food that was two and three years out of date. I cleaned everything out, and am trying to keep a more realistic 'stash' of food on hand.

Seeing where your problem stems from and understanding why you are reacting as you are is a huge step, as you know! Remember your positive self-talk to help you through as well!


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SLIMMERJESSE 9/18/2012 12:24AM

    This is a tough situation. Wishing you the best.

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