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10k and back to goal weight!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Aloha Sprakfriends,

I wanted to check in and share some proud achievements! Mike and I completed our first 10k on Saturday, and I ran the whole thing!! I finished in one hour and four minutes, and while I wasn't trying to make a certain time, I liked the sound of it emoticon

Here's a pic that I have clearly ripped off:

Also, I worked back down to my goal weight of 130 (130.8 as of this morning, but who's counting? Close enough to celebrate!!)... It has taken me 15 weeks to lose 15 pounds, some weeks better than others, but I'm so glad I recommitted and will feel and look good for my sister's wedding in June.

Speaking of... I had a really nice SV/NSV during pre-wedding festivities. I planned her bridal shower and bachelorette to fall on the same day, so that the most friends and family could come together to celebrate. We had a blast, but it was a long weekend full of sweets, booze, and Mexican food (my faaavorite), as we were in San Diego for the festivities... I tracked all of my food- even tortilla chips and salsa that I enjoyed everywhere we went, lol, and I still lost 0.2 pounds! Never have I been happier for a -0.2! emoticon

Here's a picture from Sarah's shower with my dear future mother-in-law:

I hope all of you are well. Spring is here, and with it beautiful weather and renewed motivation and hope. Love and aloha to you all!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 4/13/2014 6:00AM

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Great accomplishments and you look fantastic! best news is that you are feeling so good and know you'll be looking your best for the upcoming wedding!
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MISSB8604 4/10/2014 11:00AM

    Nicely done!

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GARDENQE2 4/10/2014 10:10AM

    Wonderful! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 4/9/2014 7:20PM

    Good to hear from you! Sounds like life is great and you are doing awesome staying healthy!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Aloha Spark People emoticon

Just checking in to report on my progress using myfitnesspal. I am down 11 pounds even from January 1st! I like the tracker a lot- and unlike SP, they up your calories on days when you work out, which I LOVE. It hasn't affected my loss at all- I've consistently lost about a pound each week (more in the beginning- you know how that goes!). Here's what my tracker looks like today (I added in my couch to 5k week 4, day 2 workout that is planned for this evening):

I do miss the Spark community, so I lurk around and check up on friends and read blogs (my favorite are success blogs)... emoticon

Hope everyone is well!

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RYDERB 2/13/2014 7:21PM

    emoticon on your weigh loss! 11 pounds is crazy fabulous, since you've been in maintenance. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDLES-73 2/13/2014 4:13PM

    Did you know that you can now change your settings so that SP will update your calories based on your workouts? It's a semi-new feature and you can go back and forth between the original way and the new way anytime.

Here is a piece from the article:

From your Start Page, click on the "Account/Email Preferences" link in the top left corner.

Scroll midway down the page until you see the box labeled "Make Your Calorie Goal Based On Fitness Tracking." Click the orange button that says "Change your settings to factor daily fitness tracking into your calorie range"

When the page asks you if you are sure, click "Yes I Am Sure."

Hope this helps! emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 2/13/2014 4:05PM

  Will take a look at myfitnesspal.

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A hui hou!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Aloha Sparkfriends,

A new year is here, and I'm making a change.

I LOVE Sparkpeople and so appreciate this tool for helping me lose weight and maintain not only a fit body, but a fit mind as well. Most of all, I credit the community for endless inspiration and warm support.

However, I have found it difficult to tap into those very things in maintenance on Spark. I think this is the venue for learning about weight loss and losing weight, but now I am looking for a support system for maintenance. I have just signed up for myfitnesspal and I am creating new goals that include scary awesome hikes EVERY week(!) and saving money (which always seems to lead to saving calories as well!).

I am walkingred on myfitnesspal as well, so if you'd ever like to check in, and you're on as well, please do!

Best wishes to you all in this marvelous new year!


Pic from yesterday, 1 January, 2014:

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/6/2014 2:22PM

    Very best to you! Happy new Year!!
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RYDERB 1/3/2014 12:31AM

    What a great picture Natalie! Best of luck to you in 2014! And good luck with MyFitnessPal,

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EWL978 1/2/2014 2:06PM

    Best of luck to you...........keep on keeping on!!!!

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FastDiet - Week 3: From 140.8 to 140.4

Monday, October 07, 2013

Week of 9/29/2013

Monday: Fast Day: banana/ beef & barley vegetable soup, sourdough toast

After expecting (and experiencing) a bad weigh-in, I didnít much feel like lovingly preparing an egg, fruit, and toast like I had planned. I brewed my second cup of coffee, grabbed a banana, and headed to work. Itís nearing noon now, and Iím taking a half-day to work on a group presentation to be recorded later this afternoon.

Tuesday Multigrain Cheerios, banana/ beef & barley vegetable soup/ turkey sandwich, grapes/ pesto pasta, salad

Two lunches. That is all.

Wednesday pb & banana toast/ leftover pesto pasta, chicken leg, apple & yogurt / scrambled eggs, portuguese sausage, papaya

Thursday Egg sandwich, grapes/ pizza, salad/ lasagne bolognese

Today Mike defends his masterís thesis, so I stayed home to help him prep and celebrate once itís over!! For this reason, I also pushed back my fast day this week.

Friday apple, coffee/ banana/ steak, rice, and tomato salad plus pupus: poke, chips and salsa, and cocktails

Today was supposed to be a fast day, but thanks to the govtí closure, our best friends (who were out of town for my birthday) insisted we come over today to celebrate, as they had the day off. I would never deny this couple- I adore them and miss them, and compared to the last day of fasting, this was an easy winner.

Saturday Chili omelet/ half turkey sandwich, apple/ chicken enchiladas, beans, and green salad

Sunday Eggs & bacon / Greek vegetable salad, apple/ chili & rice

Iím a quitter, I admit it! I came so close, but felt too out of steam (inspiration, really) to fast another day. It was a hard week all around, but Iím feeling better this Monday. Back to following the Spark plan I know and love- eat between 1200-1500 cals, move my butt for an hour a few days a week. Iím glad I tried this FastDiet, but honestly glad to be done! Mahalo to my new Spark friends who helped me through the last three weeks.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 10/12/2013 1:45PM

    emoticon You did great with that "fasting diet" journey, and really gave it a good try.
Keep up the good work as you return to the regular plan!!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 10/8/2013 1:21AM

    Food looks great!

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PLATINUM755 10/7/2013 11:52PM

    Baby steps...all the way...give it another try down the line...you may surprise yourself! emoticon emoticon

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FastDiet - Week 2: From 139.6 to 140.8

Monday, September 30, 2013

Week of 9/22/2013

Weight: 139.6
BMI: 22.4
BMR: 1372
TDEE: 1887

This week, I plan to lose more, as there are no elegant dinners or open house spreads to give into... My bday is on Tuesday, but beyond a slice of cake, there will be no craziness!! Update: there was craziness...

Monday: Fast Day: Coachís oatmeal with dried blueberries, brown sugar/ chicken & vegetable stir fry

Iím trying different fast-day dishes this week: oatmeal with blueberries and chicken stir-fry (like the cover of The FastDiet book). I made the oatmeal with extra water, so it makes a big bowl of porridge. I used dried blueberries (I like chewiness), and topped it with a little brown sugar. Breakfast was ready just before 7 a.m., and it's just after 2 p.m. now and I have yet to hear a single rumble. I really think itís going to be another easy fast day for me! If youíre rolling your eyes, I get it- but I swear Iím hungrier when I eat meals and snacks! Weird!! After dinner now- just want to add that I really did not feel very hungry, but I did get a headache on my way home tonight at about 7 p.m., which I am still feeling after eating.

Tuesday: Multigrain Cheerios, banana/ doughnut, slice of cake (seriously)/ Thai green papaya salad with shrimp, 12 oz. IPA beer

Today is my birthday (which I hope explains the doughnut/cake lunch, lol)! I knew they would spoil me at work today, so I planned a healthful and light breakfast and dinner. My co-workers were too sweet, bringing not only caloric goodies, but also nice cards and a beautiful lei! Mike sent flowers to work, which is ridiculous because heís spoiled me too well already :) Feeling very loved today!

Wednesday: Multigrain Cheerios with almond milk, watermelon/ tuna salad, apple/ fish sticks, ketchup/ lemon chicken, rice, tomato salad, yogurt sauce

Another very hungry day- requiring an odd afternoon snack of fish sticks! I do want to note a NSV of sorts. I had to take lunch really late (for me) at about 2 p.m., and I really wanted to grab fast food, but instead I went home and made a big, healthy tuna salad. :)

Thursday: Fast Day: Coachís oatmeal with dried blueberries, brown sugar/ chicken & vegetable stir fry

The key to fast days is staying busy, but thereís something else, tooÖ I really believe that setting your mind (just like I did when I started SP when not eating junk food and measuring portions seemed impossible) to JUST DO IT. That is the tagline on my Sparkpage for a reason. I was totally fed up with being overweight, and I set my mind to make a plan and follow the plan. Just do it. With fasting, I should be ravenous, but I feel, if anything, less hungry than on ďfeastĒ days. I think Iím not as hungry because eating during a fast is not an option, dangit! Itís nearing 2 p.m. now, and Iím taking a break at work to write this up and catch up on some school reading. Iím staying late for a sick colleague, so that should keep me out of the kitchen until after 5 p.m., which is just right for today.

Friday : coffee, banana/ chicken & veg stir fry, brown rice/ Greek restaurant feast

What a brat I can be! I woke up wanting eggs, but weíve been out for days now. So I thought about an egg McMuffin, but couldnít bring myself to go to McDís, so I had coffee and a banana. Itís 1 p.m.- at work, already ate leftover stir fry from last night with brown rice that Mike made yesterday. Feeling okay- a little hungry, but not as ravenous as the last few post-fast days.

Saturday McMuffin, hash brown/ turkey salad, apple/ spaghetti & meatballs

Sunday Spam & eggs / turkey & provolone sandwich, trail mix/ Big Mac meal, coke

I seem to be filling the calorie gaps I create on fast days on feast days. This sucks. I will stick with this for one more week, but I don't think this is the regime for me.

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    It took me 3 weeks to stop the wanting to "feast" on non-fasting days. I countered it by fasting (500 cal) for 3 days in my third week but can feel my desire to overdo non-fast days becoming diminished. Knowing I can have things on non-fast days is slowly starting to sink in and keep me from having those triggers of feeling deprived throughout the week. I did the worst my 2nd week too. My 3rd week I lost a pound. Adding exercise back is important too, something I struggle with.
Best wishes for your success no matter what "regime" you choose!

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BEBOP4ME 9/30/2013 3:43PM

    It isn't for everyone and you are right - it really requires the right mindset. On non-fast days, there isn't suppose to be feasting. It should be a day you eat mindfully, stopping when full. I actually track my calories on non-fast days so I know if I went completely overboard.

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