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1 Pound by Thanksgiving

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I've been stuck at 221 for quite a few weeks now and it has been frustrating to say the least. I have dreamed of the Saturday where I wake up and step on the scale and the second number is a "1" and not a "2" (as opposed to both a "1" and a "2", though that would look totally weird). Alas, that day hasn't come.

So , "Where do I go from here?" you may ask (or may not ask, but I'm gonna tell you anyway). I've been spending a decent amount of time on Spark People. I've done all of the usual things: Read articles, posted blogs, Read others' blogs, posted to others' blogs, tracked my food intake (offline). The reality is that I haven't really committed to the Diet itself. So, starting today, I'm on the fast break portion. Goals:
* 1-2 Fruits/Vegetables (tough but doable)
* 10 minutes of stretching
* Daily journal (already kind of doing it)

So "Why 1 pound you may ask?" Well, glad you may have asked. I have a trip to New York City planned for the weekend before Turkey Day. My friends haven't seen me since I was about 240 pounds. I want to say that I have lost 20 pounds. It's more than just the 1 pound. 219.8 is a big milestone for me. It's both my first 5 pounds as well as a jump from being obese to just plain severely overweight (Yes, I aspire to great mediocrity. Why settle for an "F" when I can achieve "D-" standing). In 5 weeks, that should be doable.

Some questions for you:
* What has really worked for you weight-loss-wise?
* What did you do to bust a 6+ week plateau?

Any help is greatly appreciated.



  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SKILILY34 10/21/2009 4:17PM

    You can do it!!!

I'm so pleased that you started using the nutrition tracker because that is by far the one thing that has worked for me. Doing my weight training is the second most thing.

I'm not all that overweight so sometimes I don't feel like I have credibility on this site but honestly I started dieting when I was 15, and have never been able to successfully lose weight on a diet. My record for sticking to one was 2 weeks and that was WW, a pretty sensible program.

I always just tried to add in exercise when I was gaining, and even though I have been jogging on and off for about a year, it hasn't really made a difference to my weight (my health and mood are another story).

The number one thing that has worked is tracking. I thought I knew everything but I really learned so much from tracking. If I stay in my ranges, I don't feel very deprived and I would never try to give up chocolate, even though I mostly gave up milk chocolate. My calorie range is pretty high for a woman - 1850, but I tracked the first day I started and I had eaten 3000 calories! If I look at my calories and I have eaten something like a Blizzard and I'm over, I will generally feel full. If I was feeling full but realize I'm way under, I will start to feel hungry.

In short (well, too late for that) try Tracking! Tracking! TRACKING!!!

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De-Chox (giving up chocolate) : Day 2

Thursday, October 15, 2009

OK, so yesterday I crashed at around 8:00, but definitely worth it to be free.

Today at about 1:00 this afternoon, I started to fade a bit, but got my second wind. No major cravings though. I think that the tough part of giving up chocolate is that I don't drink coffee or anything else caffeinated. I am really optimistic that this will help.


Dechox (giving up chocolate): Day 1

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm giving up chocolate. I have to. For the past six months, I've been able to keep my chocolate consumption to two candy bars a day. Recently, I've noticed my consumption on the rise. My weight has stagnated and I am always wanting to eat. Chocolate is an unhealthy luxury that I can no longer afford. To those of you who can occasionally eat a candy bar and not need to keep eating more chocolate, count yourself blessed. Sadly, I am not one of you.

I've given it up a couple of times for a year or so, but fell back into it. Though I know that the next few days will be extremely tough (I already started to feel dechox fatigue earlier today) they will be worth it. I lost 15 pounds last time. I don't know if I will lose as much this time, but frankly I don't care. I would rather gain weight at this point and be free. If you have any faith in a god who actually answers prayer, please pray for me.

TD out

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SROBBINS02 11/26/2009 8:36AM

    OK, so I know it's a while since you wrote this blog... but just had to say that I am SO stealing the term 'dechox' (hmmm, or plan to anyway- I did just buy a chocolate advent calendar today emoticon )


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This Week's a Bust

Thursday, October 01, 2009

OK, so the good news is that I knew exactly what I needed to do to get below 220 this week. No questions asked. The bad news. I didn't do it. Sigh. As of this morning, I weighed 220.6 (so close to 220 that I was practically inhaling one of the 2's) *1*. Unfortunately, I ate horribly today and tomorrow, I'm going out with my family. Even if I weighed 218 tomorrow morning(which I probably won't), the water weight would put me back up and over on Saturday morning.

All that to say, I'm disappointed in myself. I know that I need to eat far better than I do, but I didn't. I know how exactly what I need to do, yet I don't do it. I know that I need to get my rear in gear and exercise, but I hit the gym for 2 or 3 days, take a one day break and then don't make it back.

I know the joy of seeing a lower number on the scale, yet I seem to be doing everything I can to stop that from happening. Why am I doing this to myself?

If you happen to read this and have gone through/dealt with this (and overcome), please share. Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- TD over

*1* kind of glad that I didn't. It probably would have felt like when one gets milk in their nostrils.


Null Hypotheses

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Yes, 2 Blogs in two days. Had to share.

Okay, so this morning, I reviewed my food logs from last week to see why it all kind of fell apart. I had trouble keeping under 3000 calories(especially later in the week) and was always hungry. I had made some modifications to my eating. Specifically, the fruits and vegetables were upped. So I wondered why I was still always hungry. Here's what I found.

My fiber intake was considerably lower than in previous weeks. I bought what I thought was the equivalent to Fiber One that didn't work. It had the same amount of Fiber per serving, but I just reread the label and it turns out that a serving is 3/4 of a cup as opposed to F1s 1/2 cup. The pigeons and food pantry patrons will reap the benefits of that little discovery.

I also let my daily dose of GG Crispbreads slip. I usually shoot for 4/day, but this week I seemed to never get more than 2.

Because of my increase of vegetables and fruits, I was a little more generous with myself regarding fat content in the meat I ate. While I don't think that this had the impact that the decrease of fiber had, it does bear some consideration.

So those are my null hypotheses. Starting today, I am going to address both potential causes. I'm going to the grocery store and buying the leanest ground turkey, chicken or beef that the store owner is willing to sell me and a few boxes of Fiber One. I don't want to go out on a limb and say that I will be below 220 next week, but it is far from being out of the question at this point. Here's hoping.

TD out.

p.s. I wanted to use the more statistical scientific terminology for the null hypotheses, but I could see where that could be mistaken for something else (probably would have gotten the blog more traffic, but still)

p.s.s. Plus, at my weight, if I did go out on a limb, it would probably break. I'm just sayin'

p.s.s.s Always remember to spell pantry with the letter "r". I almost missed that one. I really need to type these things when I am actually awake.

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PHOXYM 9/29/2009 10:54AM

    LOL you cracked me up with all of the post scripts!!!! It sounds like you have this stuff figured out... I need to maybe go back and analyze what I am doing! And it seems I don't spell pantry too often but thanks for the tip!! emoticon

You CAN DO this!!!

P.S. Thanks again for the fantastic comments on my blog!!!

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IMAGINARY1 9/27/2009 4:06PM

    Trust me we like your posts just the way they are, so don't wait to wake up lol.

*Fingers crossed*

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