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Back from Iowa.

Monday, August 13, 2012

I returned last night from Iowa. I have company right now, but I will blog sometime this week about my journey!

Thanks for all the support, Sparkies! emoticon

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FITGRL124 8/13/2012 11:45AM

    YAY! I am so excited that you're back! I have missed you!!!!

I can't wait to hear about the trip! :)

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Off to Iowa & Goals for August.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Today is the last day I will be in Ohio for the remainder of the week! We are leaving for Iowa tonight at midnight. I am hoping we will arrive in time to check into our hotel room. I am excited to see our hotel, as we got upgraded to an executive King suite from a basic room due to the unavailability of another king-sized bed room. I am excited, I guess it has a sitting area and is much nicer than the latter.

In other news, I have been eating like a fat cow and eating everything in sight. The good news is that the things are mostly healthy. Well, sort of. Anyway, I am at 149.0 lb. today and today is "D-Day" for the trip; it was my goal date for my short-term goal weight of 135-ish lb. I am still twenty-some lb. away from my end goal weight, which I plan on getting to 125 lb. by October 31st. I know I can do this; I just need to suck it up and really apply myself. I am floundering here; I don't know why I can't seem to stick to anything right now.

emoticonAdditionally, I am back on the medicine that caused my initial 15 pound weight gain. That medicine contributed to me going from 138-140 to 154 lb. within a month! It is funny to think my short-term goal weight is the weight I weighed only a couple of months ago. I have to keep taking this medicine, though, because I tried to substitute something else and the results were not very good. I know I am eating when I am not really hungry, but this medicine makes you think you are hungry more often than you really need to eat.

The good news is that I have been walking more, and I am sure I can reach my goal of 500 monthly fitness minutes. On the other side of things, I have yet to try my Jillian Michaels' "Burn Fat Boost Metabolism" DVD which I purchased to increase my exercise...A MONTH AGO. I guess after my failure with her "30 Day Shred" I have not gotten my confidence to try this video yet. I want to boost my metabolism and burn fat, but I guess I am intimidated by the videos. Plus, I feel sort of stupid jumping around and making pictures fall over from my body weight heaving throughout the room, upsetting things with my jumping.

Wish me luck on my trip, and pray for me: my mother-in-law is staying with me and my husband for a week when we get back!

Goals for August
emoticon Get HOT by Halloween! Lose this weight for good, and get into maintenance mode by November!
emoticonReward myself for small milestones to keep me motivated.
emoticonStop eating emotionally. I am self-sabotaging and I am SICK of it. Time to woman up and get this thing done!
emoticonDrink water. I have been tracking 8 glasses a day, but in reality I am falling far short of this goal lately. I need to focus on staying hydrated to keep myself free of "hunger vs. thirst" confusion.
emoticonStart strength training again. I don't care if I do this Jillian video or not, but I am only walking 20 minutes or sometimes 30 or 40 four times per week and it isn't enough. I am maintaining at 148-149 lb. for the past few weeks.
emoticonWalk DAILY instead of sporadically. I am getting an old treadmill here soon when I get back from my trip.

Also, I want to keep exercise and healthy choices in mind when I am on my trip. NO chips, candy, etc. I don't want to let this trip give me free reign to binge all the way there and back.


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MELIEO 8/8/2012 7:59PM

    Have fun on your trip! Keep your goals in mind and the good choices will come easy. :0) emoticon

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NICKI109 8/7/2012 3:43PM

    Wishing you luck on your trip. You can do it. Stay strong, we are right here with you. HUGS

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    Have a safe, happy and healthy trip! Your calorie range because even more important since your medicines give you a false sense of hunger. Don't worry about bouncing around the house. You have a strong, healthy body. Your weight now is my ultimate goal weight. Please don't feel inhibited with your exercise. You will be sculpting your HOT NEW BODY in no time flat!! emoticon emoticon

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FITGRL124 8/7/2012 11:05AM

    Your August goals are fantastic! I especially like this little lady! emoticon But you're going to be WAY HOTTER! emoticon

You can do this! Maybe since you know that you're not really hungry you can find something else to occupy your time. Last night I picked stuff out of the garden, danced in the kitchen for a bit while I made my lunch for today and I did dishes. Busy, busy but at least I wasn't eating. emoticon

Have a emoticon trip and enjoy that suite! Ooo la la... emoticon

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THERESATAYLOR31 8/7/2012 10:56AM

    I really love your august goals!!!!I am doing Jillian Michael's "The Shred" this month as part of my goals..Good Luck with everything:) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Bad HABITS... feedback?

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I am having a bit of a problem and would like some feedback. I am working evenings and having a problem controlling my snacking. I eat a bunch of graham crackers (like, 4 or 5 sheets of them) and cookies (like four of them) and stuff after having an awesome food day, and I am not even hungry! Why am I doing this, and how do I stop?

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    I agree with Lauraat. What you describe sounds exactly like emotional eating. The problem is if you don't deal directly with the cause of the emotional eating, it will always continue to sabotage you. Even substituting healthier foods is only a "quick fix" that doesn't address the underlying problem. The way I see it (and others may have different opinions) is you have 2 possible solutions: 1) Find and develop a new, non-food, coping mechanism to deal with the emotions; and/or 2) Learn to wallow around in your emotions and really dissect what is going on inside your head when you desire to eat out of emotion and not hunger.

Something else I want you to consider is whether you might actually be physically hungry. My daughter (Little Miss Skinny Minnie) has difficulty determining when she is actually hungry and when she isn't. She doesn't detect her body's hunger signals very well. The key is to stay within your calorie range, while primarily eating healthy, nutritious foods.

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LAURAAT 8/6/2012 1:06PM

    If you're really not hungry, I disagree with substituting the food. That's just covering the problem. You need to find out WHY you are eating. Are you bored, lonely, tired? Try checking out some of SP's emotional eating articles. Once you've discovered the why of your eating, you can correct the problem.
Also, keep blogging and keep reading! It definitely helps, in the long run. You'll get there!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/5/2012 5:21PM

    Im agreeing with Hello118 and your body is using the carbs for fuel. Which is fine, except you need better carbs.

It doesn't sound like you "want" to stop the snacking so see what you can find as a better fuel alternative online :o) Maybe OHOH I know...those fat free pretzels and hummus cups? those are wonderful and won't sabatoge you or....something along those lines?

sometimes just knawing on those baby carrots help me too...

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IMAREADER 8/5/2012 3:38PM

    Evening snacking is my demon, too. I try to leave some calories free for an evening snack, but I did have to make some changes in what I keep in the house, since I couldn't trust myself not to overeat (For example, I buy all-natural peanut butter, which is good for me, but I don't like well enough to snack on, and I can't buy any type of crackers because it's too easy to overeat). Pre-measured snacks in the fridge might help. I also eat a lot of popcorn that I make in my microwave Presto popper. I only use a smidge of oil and a touch of salt. I make about 4 cups and can eat on that one bowl for an entire evening (most of the time!).

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FITGRL124 8/5/2012 11:17AM

    It sounds like you're craving the "Fast and the Furious" These are those carbs that give you a fast euphoria but then when they bring you down you just want more. Why don't you try eating protein at work? A piece of cheese or how about a yogurt? The other option is what if you cut out snacking altogether? Eat a bigger breakfast and lunch and see what happens.

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BEATLETOT 8/5/2012 10:39AM

    Maybe you can try changing the habit. Instead of a bunch of graham crackers and cookies, you could have a cup of tea that feels luxuious to you (my fave is peppermint), and one cookie. That way, you're still getting your treat, but it's not an exorbitant amount, and hot tea takes awhile to drink. Worth a shot, anyway.

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 8/5/2012 9:56AM

    You are sabotaging yourself for some reason and need to figure out why. Ask yourself what is the down side of loosing weight and what is the up side of staying over weight? Until you figure out why you are sabotaging yourself plan for snaking by taking healthy choices like raw veggies and nuts. I always keep almonds on my desk and apples in the refrigerator at work.

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Starting the Month on a Good Note.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

It's August 1st already! emoticon I weighed in at 149.0 lb. this morning, which is far too high for my liking. That means I have gained 4 lb. back from the 9 lb. I lost! I am recommitting myself to drinking one ViSalus shake per day and eating 2 reasonable meals to increase satiety.

Goals for August:
emoticon Weigh in daily, but officially on Wednesdays (since today is the 1st!)
emoticon Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, a drink a ViSalus shake daily.
emoticon Exercise at least 120 minutes a week. I want to have over 500 monthly fitness minutes, and I was so close for July! I know exercise is a key I am missing to my weight loss equation.
emoticon Get to my mini-goal of losing 10 lb. this month. I know I can do it!

I am totally motivated to kick some butt! I walked this morning on the treadmill for 25 minutes, and I may go for a walk after I get my hair cut this morning. I am cutting off quite a bit of my hair. I am "shedding" my old habits and hopping back on the wagon, starting now!

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JENNIFERLYNN128 8/3/2012 11:18AM

    Motivating blog!! Thanks for sharing your goals! I love a fresh start (and a fresh hair cut!). Happy Friday! emoticon

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CHERIONE 8/1/2012 4:07PM

    Love the goal-setting! And a new haircut will help to remind you of your goals. You're going to do it! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/1/2012 2:04PM

    I may borrow some of these goals they are so good :o)

You can do this!!!

Let's go do this!!!

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    Great Plan!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 8/1/2012 10:53AM

    emoticon Cheering you on!! emoticon

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FITGRL124 8/1/2012 10:39AM

    Great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon together!


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ILLINICHEERS 8/1/2012 10:29AM

    You can do it, just stay strong and remember any loss is a loss and puts you that much closer to your overall longterm goals.

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One Week Left.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Well, there is about one week left until I leave for the trip. I weighed in today at 148.5 lb. I am not where I want to be, and I did it:

I tried on the dress again.

While it is a lot closer to fitting than it was 7 lb. ago, it is still too damn small. I am going to have to wear a different dress. But, it is ok. I am not going to beat myself up; it was a bit of a lofty goal, I guess, and I am not giving up.

I am moving on from trying to fit into the dress, but I am still using it as a tool to gauge my weight better than the scale. My goal is to be at 145 lb. when I go on my trip, and to not gain any weight during that week. I won't have internet access, though, at least I don't think so. I won't be able to track. It is going to be a true test of all I have learned on SparkPeople.

I have a new goal: to comfortably fit into the dress by October 31st. I want to be down to 125-130 lb. ideally. I am not going to let myself spiral out of control again. I am taking back my power! October 31st is my new goal date. Let's do this thing!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/30/2012 3:47PM

    seven pounds is a good loss thus far, but I hear ya :o) you can (and will) do this...I just know it.

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BALLOUZOO 7/30/2012 12:54PM

    You Can do this!! Enjoy your trip! Enjoy LIFE!

Best wishes on your wellness journey!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 7/30/2012 11:17AM

    First of all--Congratulations on your 7 pound loss. Rapid weight loss is typically not lasting weight loss and not healthy for your body. Realistic goals are best. 145 sees to have been a reasonable loss. You will find another event where you will get to rock that dress!

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LIABOOTY 7/30/2012 10:57AM

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FITGRL124 7/30/2012 9:53AM

    You are going to look great no matter what dress you wear but YAY for setting another goal! emoticon

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PASKALINI 7/30/2012 9:34AM

    Sounds like me. I am 18 days away from my trip and I don't think I will hit my goal BUT I'm going to keep going. I hope you reach your October goal :)

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ALLIEALLIE2 7/30/2012 9:13AM

    emoticonI'm cheering you on!! emoticon

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