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Waiting, Weighing, Measuring, Moving; A Formula for Success

Saturday, August 31, 2013

I just have to say thank you to everyone who responded to my last blog and also for everyone who shares their story on these pages. I received such great feedback on my last blog and I did begin to take note to measure and weigh -- rather than guess. And to drink more water. And also to step up to more exercise -- although I still have a lot more to do here. I was also encouraged to stay on the path - which I did WITH THIS SUPPORT.

The scale is moving. I am losing again.

This is not an easy time in my life, but I taking care of myself and losing this weight. Thanks, everyone.

  
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PGHP31CK 9/25/2013 12:49PM

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DDOORN 9/5/2013 12:11AM

    Oh YES! Just KNEW that you were doing what it took to get some good numbers for yourself! Woo HOO to YOU! :-)

Don

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/3/2013 6:51AM

    Weighing and measuring necessary even for diet veterans. It's a good thing that you giving energy to self-care and so glad the scales are moving for you.
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KAYYVAUGHN 9/3/2013 6:20AM

    Just take it one day at the time. We all have set-backs. Don't give up.

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HARMONYAGAIN 9/2/2013 8:03AM

    Fabulous!
I know you can do this



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68ANNE 9/1/2013 11:59PM

    Keep taking care of yourself

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NELLJONES 9/1/2013 8:15AM

    Keep at it and the scale will always move. Sometimes a day can seem like a weeks, though, and a week like a month.

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FISHER011 9/1/2013 4:20AM

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HONOURIA 8/31/2013 8:51PM

    Smile.

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/31/2013 7:54PM

    I am so happy for you my dear! You are absolutely positively worth it!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/31/2013 6:59PM

    I have to weigh and measure. I found I am not good at guesstimating. LOL. Glad to see the scale going down.

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JAMBABY0 8/31/2013 5:08PM

    Good for you! Remember YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

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The Scale Is Not Budging

Saturday, August 24, 2013



Well, I'm glad to be consistent in tracking and most days I am at `1300 calories. Sometimes somewhat less, sometimes a little more. But, my goodness, I should be losing something! I mean, I weigh 265.2, and have for some time now. My BMR is higher than my intake - so I wonder what is going on..... I am stressed. I am *not* sleeping well, sometimes my water is down a little, and my exercise could use a boost. But - really, I ask myself - I'm been tracking and following this since mid April, and I have lost only 15 pounds. I ask myself, for someone as heavy as me -- should I not have lost more already?

  
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68ANNE 8/26/2013 7:15PM

    I sat for over six months at one weight, doing all the tracking and stuff. I am now convinced that I did not move as much as I though and that I wasn't tracking accurately. Not enough sleep will wreck it for you too

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/26/2013 7:18AM

    15 pounds is certainly a good start. Just take it one day at the time. You will get there. Stress does interfere. I snack more if I have stress going on also.

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JEANNE229 8/25/2013 2:01PM

    Stress can honestly kill weight loss because of the cortisol it produces.

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NELLJONES 8/25/2013 9:23AM

    You are probably eating more than you think you are. It's nearly impossible to track calories exactly, and calorie expenditure calculations are always an estimate.

Of course, it's always a good idea to check with your doctor to rule out any medical causes

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LADYRH 8/25/2013 5:26AM

    Are you retaining fluid? check your sodium in take. emoticon

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HONOURIA 8/24/2013 11:11PM

    You've got some good advice from some savvy people below!

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DDOORN 8/24/2013 8:44PM

    Certainly the sleep and stress may be factors, but the bottom line is you are doing what you need to do for your health more than anything else. You are stronger than that scale! Stay the course and the pounds are bound to go!

Besides, there is something to be said for maintenance as opposed to GAINING weight...that in itself is a victory!

Don

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/24/2013 7:06PM

    Hmm... I would be curious too! I just did a quick tally for 6 days past (not including today 8/24) from your shared food log:

1750 - 8/23
1261 - 8/22
1164 - 8/21
1929 - 8/20
1370 - 8/19
1327 - 8/18

Total = 8801 for 6 days
When divided by 6 (because I tallied 6 days) you're averaging 1466.8333 calories a day.
So that's 166.8333 calories more per day than you may realize... (if you're trying to stay around 1300 calories per day) and a possible explanation for why the scale may not be moving!

Have your measurements changed? Even though the scale has not moved for me the last 10 days, I did lose 1.5 inches and as long as I keep doing all the things I promised myself I would, I will eventually get there!

I also track my Sodium in the nutritional tracker because there is hidden sodium in so many things and you may not even realize how much you're actually getting.

If you're not drinking all your water, your body may be hanging onto water weight...!

Also, if you're not working out according to the schedule that SP gave you, you may be eating too many calories because the calorie amount given to you is based on you working out X number of times a week.

Keep doing all the things you need to do for yourself and you will get there!



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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/24/2013 5:40PM

    Weight loss depends on so many factors. You may have some thyroid issues, or insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome. I have to exercise and eat right to lose weight. One or the other is not enough for me.

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MOTHEPRO 8/24/2013 4:25PM

    Plateaus are so frustrating! I'm not sure what the answer is. I agree with what MadeIt said. Stress and lack of sleep will mess up your good intentions, but they can be hard to change. Maybe add some more fresh fruits and veggies. Just don't give up!
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MADEIT3 8/24/2013 3:25PM

    Everyone is different. The fact that you're stressed and not sleeping and maybe not moving enough through the day may have something to do with the fact that you're not losing. It may also have something to do with food choices - how many carbs you eat, how much fat you're not eating, it's almost always a puzzle. And, it's not a matter of how many calories make a pound. If you're eating right and moving enough, the next thing to try is to reduce your stress level and sleep more. Easy to say but difficult to do.

I know a lot of folks will suggest that you see a doctor. The question always is for me, will my doctor take this seriously?

Please keep posting and don't give up. You will find answers! Hugs.

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We always need more faith

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just a brief blog entry today. I ran across the recent comments of Robin Roberts (Good Morning, America), I wanted to get this down. Upon receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, she said: "When fear knocks, let faith answer the door." I want to remember that today. Strength to answer the door with faith GROWS WITH WORDS OF SUPPORT, and this is the fabric of the SP community. I am so glad to be here.

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 8/23/2013 5:19PM

    I agree with Robin's statement. I do admire her. She has been through so much. That is such a good quote.

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HONOURIA 8/21/2013 9:53PM

    That's so true. It's like light dispelling darkness.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/21/2013 8:38PM

    I love Robin Roberts. She is a very brave woman.

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HARMONYAGAIN 8/21/2013 1:37PM

    What a powerful quote
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LATTELEE 8/21/2013 12:46PM

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Way Too Many Calories

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Oh my, I've just tracked and I know I was over----but I had 1929 calories today -- when the top of my range is 1550 and I normally eat 1300 or so. I had a hungry day. Was it emotional eating? The buffet and then lack of planning? Not enough water? Maybe all of the above. I need to accept this NOW and change it up tomorrow. I will drink all my water -- at least -- tomorrow. Eat more vegetables, and go to no buffets. I will also blog about my feelings ---I am having a lot of them.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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NELLJONES 8/21/2013 8:44AM

    By writing it down, you now know what to change.

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HONOURIA 8/20/2013 11:33PM

    Start fresh tomorrow!

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    emoticon At least you tracked and you have a plan for doing better tomorrow.

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 8/20/2013 10:14PM

    We all have days like that just don't beat your self up. That is what the next day is for.

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A Birthday Gift to Myself

Monday, August 12, 2013

This day is the occasion of my 61st birthday. That, in itself, is sobering! (Like, how did this happen, really?) This isn't the happiest birthday, as I'm coming to terms with what appears will be a divorce. I did want some changes in my marriage and I have changed, but I didn't seek this outcome. I 'm trying to take one step a time and to be clear about this. What happened? Is this "for real"? Am I really seeing what is? I am choosing to NOT live in anger -- I want to be about a positive direction for me, our two young adult sons, and even for my husband.



I've really been moving in the direction of taking "extreme" care of myself over the last couple of years -- spiritually, emotionally, socially, and now physically. I need to do this even more. In the next few weeks I have an extremely busy work schedule. I'll try to meet deadlines and set reasonable self expectations. I will track, track, track, and be "on" SP as much as I can, I will exercise, make time with friends, and reconnect with some family members. I'm going to schedule a message for my birthday - a gift to myself. I can do this. I want to live well.

  
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DDOORN 8/14/2013 10:45AM

    Excellent steps and strategies! You are BOUND to create joy and SPARK in your life with such commitments to yourself!

Don

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/14/2013 6:56AM

    Try to find some joy in today. You are your own person with goals that you have set for yourself.

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68ANNE 8/13/2013 8:29PM

    I am very sorry about your personal relationships. While I was not seeking mine either, it did happen and after three years I am a much healthier and happier person.

Hope you got to enjoy this birthday!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/13/2013 5:56PM

    Happy birthday!! You have a lot of challenges in your life but you are intelligent and strong and I have no doubt that you will meet them. Good luck with your goals!!

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LISBETHSALANDER 8/13/2013 12:23PM

    Congratulations on passing 60! I am right behind you (in October). I know you are in a terribly challenging place right now, but please remember that you can't feed the feelings away. I have tried that to deal with grief and it only compounds bad feelings. Treat yourself well by eating the most nourishing foods, give yourself the gifts of sleep and movement everyday and you will get through this. Every day won't be perfect, but remember to be kind to yourself and it will help you weather the storm. Hugs to you and best wishes for a better year ahead.

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HONOURIA 8/13/2013 11:47AM

    Happy Birthday. I am 61 as well. Isn't that interesting.
Bravo - all sounds good.

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MOTHEPRO 8/13/2013 10:30AM

    Good for you! I hope you enjoy your massage. You've earned it.
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    emoticon you can make it through this! Sometimes the outcome that we didn't want is exactly what we need!

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