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What are your thoughts on these?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

OK, So we're coming to the end of the year. I wanted to be below 210 pounds by the end of the year. While it's still possible, it's not looking likely. I may be able to pull it off, but I'm not going to do any really crazy things if that's what it takes to do so (no all banana diets, or only eating foods whose names end with "Gertrude"). I will plod on making minor but permanent changes. I will get down below 210 soon enough, if not this year.

So here are some thoughts for January-April:
* Heavy weights(low reps) and interval cardio training. I read that that's how to jump start weight loss through working out.

* Once a month weigh-ins(Thank you Phoxym for this one). I need to focus less on my weight and more on the decisions that will lead to weight loss. I cycle my eating according to when I weigh in. Thursday and Friday(right before weigh-in) I eat "really well" and then totally let myself go on Saturday and Sunday when the weigh in is far away. It's not healthy. It's artificial. I feel guilty.

* Waist measurement. I am going to by a cloth measuring tape to focus on my waist. I feel as though I am heading toward a plateau, but my body feels like it's getting healthier.

* Calorie cycling. It seems like many of the people whose pages I've run across who have done really well have tried this. The concept makes sense. I definitely have the workout to back it up.

Anyway, please let me know what you think. Any other ideas? Any advice would be appreciated.

  
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THYWILLBEDONE 12/21/2009 6:53PM

    weighing once a month is a great idea - I weigh weekly to report in - but I used to go to WW 100 years ago - they had the Liberty Plan - we only had to go once a month - my neighbor and I lost a lot of weight doing that - oh and we walked EVERY SINGLE DAY - then I moved 600 miles away - and, almost 7 years later - have yet to find anyone so dedicated to walk with....................

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TSEWARD 12/15/2009 9:42PM

    I like your comment about doing monthly weigh ins instead of weekly, and focusing on the measuring tape instead. Great idea, and I applaud your honesty and ability to cut through all of the poo to see that you were eating well before weigh ins and poorly after.

I didn't know there was a kid version of Clif bars, but I will check them out!

Sending lots of happy thoughts.

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SROBBINS02 12/15/2009 9:39PM

    Oh plus, found this which I thought you might appreciate. Are you Black or Blue at heart though?? emoticon

http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-specialist/dealing-with-weight-loss-plateaus.aspx?xid=nl_LosingItWithJillianMichaels_20091019

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SROBBINS02 12/15/2009 9:28PM

    Eeeee first person to comment!! :D

Calorie cycling works for me, although I'm unsure about how *healthy* it is, I guess our bodies aren't really meant for receiving 150g chicken breast and 2 portions of veg per meal, every meal, per day, or equivalent- so I guess we make our own decisions, and do what makes us happy. (And if that includes a healthy lifestyle, then bonus. Woah deep!) Plus, it would be really convenient if life and our bodies came complete with an instruction manual, but God didn't see fit to do that, so maybe part of our task on this earth is figuring that bit out. (argh deep again!)

On the more physical plane, I also heart a constant moderate level of exercise, with interval training thrown in- I found I did best when I was walking 40mins a day, not too quickly ;) and going for kickboxing as cardio 2/3 times a week. Nothing else has worked so well- heavy gym resulted in a weight increase, although you and I decided that was pure muscle ;)

I personally found more FREQUENT weighing worked for me, as that sort of kept me accountable every day- although I only track once a week, and use the others as a sort of pointer. Whilst that was useful whilst I had masses of weight to lose, I do think though that can lead to obsession!

Um... other than that... persistance and sheer bloody-mindedness are the key ingredients I think. I tried to keep to a routine, and I'm sort of lucky in that I don't have much of an outside life to interfere with it too much!- but it worked, and is working, for me...

Plus, will be here whenever you need me for hugs and encouragement. emoticon Will sign off now as this is getting a little long...

Suzie

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Givin' Das Fat Clothes!!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yo, Wassup!!

Yesterday, I got some good input on plateaus (Thank you!!!). I'm going to work on a short term strategy for the next two weeks to see if I can break the plateau and a mid range strategy for the next two months, in case I can't beat it. If you have any more thoughts regarding plateaus and how to beat them, please share the love!

Anyway, Das Fat Clothes. Every time this year giving seems to increase at Goodwill stores. I've noticed this as I've brought contributions in past years. What I usually do to counter this is plan my giving during December and then actually bring it in the first few months of the next year. Less crowded, not overloading them with stuff.

This year is different. I saw a news piece on TV that reported contributions are actually down this year at Good Will/Salvation Army type stores. So my strategy is different. I'm actually gong to give weekly the clothes that don't fit and I'm never going to wear again.

This Winter has the potential to be a very brutal one. I was looking at the temperatures in certain areas of the U.S. last week and they were tough. The economy is not doing well at all, to put it euphemistically. If you have heavy sweaters, Winter Coats, Hoodies, or any warm clothes that could keep someone warm that you don't need or will probably not wear, please consider giving them as early as you can.

God Bless and Merry Christmas!!

- TD Out

  
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ANGIE_1230 12/14/2009 9:05AM

    Thanks for the reminder. It's time to clean the closet and donate my 'fat' clothes.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 12/13/2009 1:16PM

    I also donate regularly to the Good Will near my house... love doing good for others!
Enjoy your day!

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GINGERLY4 12/13/2009 9:29AM

    I donate as well. I am a huge fan of thirft stores.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 12/13/2009 8:06AM

    Yep, I gave mine away as I went along too. I didn't keep a thing!!!!

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-VIRGINIA- 12/13/2009 7:54AM

    Like you, I give my clothes that are don't fit me any more away too. I do it whenever I clean out the closet, generally in the spring when I do the big clean out.

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Help!! Plateau

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I'm hitting a plateau. My weight loss hasn't stopped, but is definitely in a decrescendo. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Below is some background information:

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Recent weigh-ins
Week 02 (11.07): 220.4
Week 03 (11.14): 216.8
Week 04 (11.21): 216.4
Week 05 (11.28): 215.2
Week 06 (12.05): 214.4
Week 07 (12.12): 214.0
My body fat ratio has not changed.

Recent changes in exercise:
* I've started doing light core work 3-4x/week (5 exercises| 10-15 reps: Ball situps, bicycles, lower back machines, leg lifts)
* Moved to the elliptical from the exercise bike.

Recent change in nutrition:
* Switched from candy bars to lower calorie protein bars (consuming about 150 less calories per day and far less sugar and fat. My energy level is much better)

Motivation:
* I'm trying to get below 210 by the end of the year. While 4.2 pounds in two weeks is doable on paper. It's probably not going to happen unless I have a random, out-of-nowhere "BAM" 3.x pound loss either this week or next.
* I am really happy with my progress in general.
* If I'm not below 210 by the end of the year, it will not bother me (I'll get there eventually). I've made a commitment to my friends that I would put my best effort into the goal. Part of that is asking for help.

Again, any advice is appreciated.

  
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SUESMITH73 12/12/2009 9:13PM

    Keep your body guessing about how many calories it will get each day! My weight loss does best went my calorie count is on a roller coaster. 1400 one day & 1700 the next, then back down the next. It sounds crazy, but sometimes you need to eat more when you exercise more to lose weight.

I went to 2 Christmas parties last week. I went over my calorie count both days, walked a bit more & ate at the low end of my calorie range several times & lost 2.7 lbs.

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TRADTRAV 12/12/2009 2:11PM

    There are a couple of good articles on the website about plateaus. You can try to monitor your sodium intake and stay below 1200 mg per day. Switch your exercises around.

From my experience, the bike is not the most efficient tool to burn calories but it is good to change your routine. You might want to try the rowing machine if you have access to one, even just for 5 minutes (cause it is not easy and really cardio demanding) to challenge your body to the maximum!

I have also read somewhere that you can try to eat a little more to choc your body so it stops storing fat.

But you know, I thought I was hitting a plateau too because I was losing at a slow rate in the last few weeks and I have lost it all in one week to come back at an average of one pound per week. Don't forget to look at the big portrait :-)

I am sure you will overcome that plateau!! You can do it. And you still have time to reach your goal! I'm with you in this!

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TSEWARD 12/12/2009 9:29AM

    People "put up" with me because I'm just plain awesome =D. I make stupid mistakes because I'm human (I put my pants on three legs at a time like all other earthlings).

I love it! You have a way of helping me to lighten up. Thanks. Also liked your comment about people working with you in the first place because they are paid too. This puts things into perspective. I wouldn't choose to hang out with some of the people intentionally if I didn't work there, and I am sure they feel the same way.

Oh, my. I have not had a plateau in ages because I haven't been losing weight. The only things I know about plateaus I learned from reading the blogs of others at SP. I am sure you will get lots of good advice from those who have been there. I don't remember any specifics on exercise and diet. But I do remember the positive attitudes. And you, my friend, have that. Recounting how far they have come (you are doing that too) and continuing to make small tweaks in diet (hence the protein bars in place of candy bars) and then just plain enjoying being where they are at (seems you are doing this too) and being patient. If you are consistent, all you need is time. I think you are doing awesome.

If you are thinking "what does she know, she hasn't even been there!" I don't blame you. I read and retain lots of good stuff. It's the applying it in my own life part that seems to elude me.

Hope you had a good sleep!



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The Power of Negative Thinking (Part I)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

OK, so my weight has been dropping. I've been maintaining 2400-2600 calories and exercising. As of Saturday's weigh-in, I need to lose 4.6 pounds in 3.5 weeks to meet my end-of-year desired weight. Never in my life has a timed-weight loss goal ever been so attainable. Really, things are going extremely well. Cue other shoe......3...2...1....

So I was in the gym yesterday morning and a thought popped into the motley cerebral maelstrom of my mind, "What if I hit a plateau?"(Selah). At first I was like, "No, think positive. No plateau. Bad doggie (Plateau: WOOF!!)". Good boy!

Maybe next year. Yeah, I'll schedule a plateau for next October(*1)". I mean, how am I going to encourage all of my Spark buddies, random visitors and gorgeous SparkDivas(like you!(*2)) if I go back to those lugubriously apocalyptic and dour blog posts like the ones from my last plateau. Oof (*3).

Let's face it my weight loss has been kind of slowing over the past few weeks. I'm upping my cardio. Today I was hungry all day (I estimate my calorie intake today to be about 277,004!!!!!(*4)). To boot, my first of many several midweek weigh-ins this week was not so stellar(*5).

What do I do!!!?? I CAN'T afford to plateau. Not NOW!! I'm THIS close to my goal! I, uh, you know...... simply CAN'T...UM... can we stop tape?

Director: CUT!!!!!!!!

You know what? Here's the thing. I actually can afford a plateau. In fact, to be totally honest it would probably be more beneficial if I had one than if I actually met my goal (*6). I need to be able to take setbacks in far better stride than I have. Frustrating as they may be, plateaus are a part of weight loss. I often read blogs from SparkComrades about their plateaus.

While I don't advocate negative self loathing/berating/flagellating/ear-flickin
g/etc., there are two great things that can come out of negative thinking when dealing with a plateau. First, I can now plan a course of action for it if it happens (read articles, research them, learn from friends ,quack like a duck (*7), etc.). This would give me the ability to beat the plateau and be ready for future ones. I'm going to start researching them after this post.

Secondly, and more importantly, I can deal with the setback itself, if all else fails. I really want to be able to endure when the wind is in my face. While I know in my head that plateaus are a part of life, I want to be able to go through one and not let it get me down. That would probably be the best victory of all at this point.

Bottom Line: I will do everything in my power to lose my 4.6 pounds by New Year's Eve (plateau or not). But if I do end up hitting a wall before then, I will make the most of it.

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(*1) Unfortunately its calendar had mid-November as the earliest reservation date.

(*2) Unless you're a dude, which would make you a SparkDawg ;)

(*3) Again, I say, "OOF!"

(*4) Give or take...

(*5) I know, I know.

(*6) but certainly not preferable

(*7) Just seeing if you're still reading. Not that I would blame you if you weren't.

  
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BESSHAILE 12/11/2009 7:47AM

    Fabulous post. And funny too. And a plateau is just the opportunity for all the cells in your body to get used to all the good things you've been giving them! Hey - give 'em a chance to play with those healthy treats.

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TRADTRAV 12/10/2009 1:53PM

    Hihi! I loved this blog! I wish you the best to reach your goal! I have preying I don't reach a plateau either (I have 4.6 pounds to lose by the end of the year too).

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SROBBINS02 12/10/2009 9:49AM

    Dude, you rock my socks. Your approach to weight loss... exercise... life.... is so inspiring and you encourage me so much! Would add an emoticon, but I can't find an appropriate one, so will just leave you with a virtual awkward hug/shoulder clap haha!

Suzie

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AKELAZ 12/10/2009 5:40AM

    I also continued to read your amusing yet heartfelt blog - principally because I could have been reading my own thoughts. I so-o know what you mean about self castigation - I have done it all my life - it's become such a habit that I barely know myself without it. As I write that I get a glimpse of how stupid it is - we all need to encourage ourselves not sabotage our efforts. So I am going to try to be positive in the face of adversity - and plateaux! - and it is people like you on this great site that are helping me to do - even to contemplate doing - this. emoticon

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TSEWARD 12/9/2009 11:18PM

    Yes, I was still reading! I am so glad to know that I am not the only one who has days where my calories are astronomical compared to my goal. I appreciate your mind change half way through your blog. It is so hard to stay positive when success seems out of reach...and so easy to forget how far we have come.

While I don't advocate negative self loathing/berating/flagellating
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ear-flicking/etc.,
Oh but I am so GOOD at it! I have a lot of practice in self loathing. It is good to read your positives. I will try this positive approach to negative thinking. Although I don't even want to! It is as if I want to be miserable, but I know that I don't. I just think I should do everything right the first time. Not Possible.

I am learning Great Problem Solving Skills from my friends at SP (i.e. you)

So here I go...

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TSEWARD 12/9/2009 11:17PM

    Yes, I was still reading! I am so glad to know that I am not the only one who has days where my calories are astronomical compared to my goal. I appreciate your mind change half way through your blog. It is so hard to stay positive when success seems out of reach...and so easy to forget how far we have come.

While I don't advocate negative self loathing/berating/flagellating
/
ear-flicking/etc.,
Oh but I am so GOOD at it! I have a lot of practice in self loathing. It is good to read your positives. I will try this positive approach to negative thinking. Although I don't even want to! It is as if I want to be miserable, but I know that I don't. I just think I should do everything right the first time. Not Possible.

I am learning Great Problem Solving Skills from my friends at SP (i.e. you)

So here I go...

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TSEWARD 12/9/2009 11:17PM

    Yes, I was still reading! I am so glad to know that I am not the only one who has days where my calories are astronomical compared to my goal. I appreciate your mind change half way through your blog. It is so hard to stay positive when success seems out of reach...and so easy to forget how far we have come.

While I don't advocate negative self loathing/berating/flagellating
/
ear-flicking/etc.,
Oh but I am so GOOD at it! I have a lot of practice in self loathing. It is good to read your positives. I will try this positive approach to negative thinking. Although I don't even want to! It is as if I want to be miserable, but I know that I don't. I just think I should do everything right the first time. Not Possible.

I am learning Great Problem Solving Skills from my friends at SP (i.e. you)

So here I go...

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TSEWARD 12/9/2009 11:16PM

    Yes, I was still reading! I am so glad to know that I am not the only one who has days where my calories are astronomical compared to my goal. I appreciate your mind change half way through your blog. It is so hard to stay positive when success seems out of reach...and so easy to forget how far we have come.

"While I don't advocate negative self loathing/berating/flagellating
/
ear-flicking/etc."
Oh but I am so GOOD at it! I have a lot of practice in self loathing. It is good to read your positives. I will try this positive approach to negative thinking. Although I don't even want to! It is as if I want to be miserable, but I know that I don't. I just think I should do everything right the first time. Not Possible.

I am learning Great Problem Solving Skills from my friends at SP (i.e. you)

So here I go...

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The Shirt Just Doesn't Fit Anymore

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

While at my first job out of college, I bought four new dress shirts (all neutrals):
* plain white
* dark grey textured pattern
* light grey micro houndstooth
* Black (really cool texture/material. At least a couple female co-workers felt the need to come up and feel it when I first started wearing it).

As all four shirts gradually faded in the elbows, I tried to replace them with exact/almost exact replicas. In late 2007, when I was hovering around 240 pounds, I finally found a light grey hound's tooth shirt just like my old one (except it had a button collar). I was psyched. Yeah, it wore a bit large on me, but hey, it was the shirt I was looking for.

Two years and minus 25 pounds later, it is no longer "a bit large on me". Frankly it looks ridiculous. Big, puffy and awkward (Like when the younger "freshman math club" brother borrows his older "senior captain of the football team" brother's shirt). Too much material, it just doesn't fit. While I have gotten rid of some of my larger clothes, they have all ultimately been thrown/given away because they were wearing out.

This is my first "fat" piece of clothing that I am getting rid of because, well, it's just plain too big. I guess I could get it tailored, but honestly gray is not a friendly neutral in shirt form (It's never gotten much wear). There are a couple more pieces on their way, but this shirt is definitely the first casualty of a SparkPeople success story in the making.

-TD out

  
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SROBBINS02 12/9/2009 1:00PM

    Yay! Now you'll just have to get you some hot hot black silk shirts and let the laydeez stroke them instead emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/9/2009 10:05AM

    emoticon
I've gotten rid of a lot of things but some of my really comfy clothes I still wear just around the house.
I'm retired!
My sister caught me at home the other day and said- look in the mirror- you look ridiculous!
LOVE IT!!!
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