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Very Slowly, but Steadily

Saturday, September 07, 2013

I lost 4/10 of a pound in the last week and I am going to call that alright. I have not lost a great deal since starting. *But* I am consistently losing, and I haven't missed a day in tracking, and I am blogging and interacting.

I looked back over time, when I have variably checked in with SP since October 2009. I weighed 270 then. I got down to 252 and then stopped. Over the next two years I gained 36 lbs, climbing up to 288 -- my highest. That was in April 2012. So, finally, when I started *this* time, almost 5 months ago, I weighed 280. Today, I weigh 262.4.

I have learned to count more than numbers. This is for the long haul. I am getting divorced and I am on an emotional roller coaster. I have a new job. I am a student in a degree program. And I have very little contact with my family or origin. I feel alone in my real life. But I am so very happy that I am tracking and losing slowly. Previously, I would be "out there" not taking care of myself.

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 9/9/2013 6:21AM

    Just take one day at the time. I think you are doing great with your tracking. It will pay off as you are seeing now.

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JEANNE229 9/8/2013 2:27PM

    slow and steady...

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/8/2013 2:12PM

    You are doing great. Love seeing that scale go down gradually. You obviously have learned the secret to successful weight loss.

You have a lot going for you. We are friends. If you need someone to talk to I'm around. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/8/2013 10:54AM

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LADYRH 9/8/2013 5:09AM

    emoticon one small step at a time. Your Spark family is here for you.

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DDOORN 9/7/2013 11:12PM

    Thx for being "in here" with your SparkFamily and sharing your journey with us!

Don

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BEWELL48 9/7/2013 8:47PM

    Be gentle with yourself! Going in the right direction!

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68ANNE 9/7/2013 8:00PM

    You have a lot going on and that adds stress. Stress adds no problems to your program right? Nope, I know it would be an extreme person to be unaffected.
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CHERYL_ANNE 9/7/2013 7:42PM

    4/10 of a pound is great strides! Little by little all adds up and you will get there my dear!

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HONOURIA 9/7/2013 5:39PM

    Knowing is better than not knowing. It might not be the best of circumstances, but it is better than the nebulous condition of not knowing where your relationship stands or what is happening.

All those new things happening at once is definitely stressful. Good for you for staying on track in spite of it all. It is a super-human effort. Exercise is a good thing at this time. Hope you like to walk. It clears your head a bit.

It is also a good thing that you have so many other things going on in your life to occupy yourself. And bravo for staying away from "the family", since that would only cause huge complications that you do not need right now.

Hang in there. You are doing all the right things.

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SHARRIGAN3 9/7/2013 5:07PM

    Emotions, stress, loneliness all these things contribute to weight gain but what you are doing is HUGE. Although you are going through these things you are still consistently tracking, even if the steps are slow, you are headed in the right direction!! That is definitely something to be proud of!! Wishing you continued success on your journey. Feel free to say hello if you want a friendly chat or some support.

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MADEIT3 9/7/2013 5:04PM

    How soon you get there doesn't matter at all! You've got a lot going on in your life and you are taking care of you. Awesome!



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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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AQUAGIRL08 9/1/2013 8:30AM

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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

    emoticon good for you!
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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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MOTHEPRO 8/21/2013 4:21PM

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HARMONYAGAIN 8/21/2013 1:37PM

    What a powerful quote
thank you

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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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LADYRH 8/21/2013 6:01AM

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HONOURIA 8/20/2013 11:33PM

    Start fresh tomorrow!

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MOTHEPRO 8/20/2013 10:35PM

    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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