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Interesting time at Zumba

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sometimes life brings you random moments of silliness that crack me up when I think about them. Saturday, it was the Zumba class I dropped in on at our suburban community center. For some reason (probably because I was in the suburbs) I expected the instructor to be a perky blonde or brunette. Instead, our instructor was a young woman sportin' red cornrows and braids, a nose ring and various tattoos. There were about 15 of us in the class, and about eight of us were near or over the age of 50.

So the class begins and I'm crackin up watching these 75 year old silver-haired women doing the wobble youtu.be/qd6UI6wEIsU and dancing to a Zumba remix of Lil John's "Get Low" youtu.be/Dp6BY9A_Ynk . I hoped that they didn't pay attention to the lyrics because they are kinda nasty. But they hung in there and kept up with the beat.

The instructor did a decent job, although some of the moves were kind of complex and not explained very well. The hour passed quickly, we all got a great workout and had fun in the process. I plan to return next week.


Another pound gone

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Feeling pretty good about my progress this week because I'm another pound down. I have to work harder to lose one measly pound now that I'm older, but I'm slowly making peace with it.

The good news is that I am eating food that is not only nutritious but also satisfying. I realized that I needed to cut calories from my breakfasts and lunches, so I found ways to achieve that without sacrificing taste. For example, for breakfast, I ditched my cereal and now toast an english muffin. I also traded my regular bacon for turkey bacon.

I'm also packing my lunch more often and exercising moderately. This week in particular, I've been walking for 30 minutes daily during my lunch break because the weather's been so pleasant. I hope to kick the exercise up another notch with some hiking this weekend.

BTW-- Check out this viral video (click on link below) of a hip hop spin class! I couldn't resist sharing it. Seriously, if there was a spin class like this nearby, I'd totally be there!


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FITWITHIN 7/17/2014 9:01PM

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ARNETTELEE 7/17/2014 8:39PM

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Finally, I am seeing results!

Today I weighed in and I've lost one pound. It reinforces to me how important it is to write down EVERYTHING I eat and track all of my activity. I've also realized that to lose weight, I need to be eating 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day AND exercising 4-5x a week. AND I need to do it consistently.

Most importantly, for me, the line between losing weight and gaining weight is ever so slight. Only a difference of 300 to 500 calories a day. That might sound significant, but really it's only a missed workout here, an extra cookie there---things that can't be noticed without a food diary, but do add up over time.

So now, I have 21 pounds to lose by the end of the year, and 14 to go in order to return to what I weighed a year ago. I feel hopeful about this happening--especially because I believe I now know exactly what I need to do. I just need to do it.

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DIBANANA 7/16/2014 9:07PM

  I totally get this blog! If I eat at the high end of my calories I don't lose.

Glad you are doing well. I'm tracking again which is critical for me as well.

Hang in there. We CAN do this.

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MOBYCARP 7/10/2014 9:30PM

    300 to 500 calories a day of what most exercise calorie burn estimates crank out isn't much. But 300 to 500 calories a day of food is an awful lot.

Right now, I'm maintaining while not getting in my 10K steps most days. And I'm eating 500 caloires per day less than when I was maintaining while running 5 days a week, in late stage half marathon training, with 13K steps being a light day.

I'm not surprised that you can see a change in weight trend on a difference of 300 to 500 calories per day. When the goal is to maintain - neither gain nor lose - I can see a difference on 200 calories per day of eating.

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KATHARINA01 7/10/2014 11:46AM

    emoticon Sounds like you know exactly what to do in order to be successful. Keep going.

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GERIKRAGH 7/10/2014 10:43AM

    Sounds like a great start.

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PHATNOMO11 7/10/2014 10:32AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your testimony. It gives me hope to continue on this journey to health. All the best to you on your journey!!!

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DEW1960 7/10/2014 10:20AM

    Way to go. Congratulations! :)


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An "A" Grade Food Day

Monday, July 07, 2014

Today, I'm patting myself on the back for putting together a really good day food wise. I had oatmeal, berries and a banana for breakfast, snacked on pistachio nuts, ate fish, green beans, carrots and a small portion of new potatoes for lunch, and for dinner I had chicken and a salad.

My calories totaled around 1,300, I got all my fruits and vegetables in, I drank all my water, I did not consume a single soda, and best of all, I did not get hungry.

I spend a lot of time blogging about how much I screw up or how unmotivated I've been. So today, I take a moment to celebrate. Yay me!


Baby steps, baby steps

Sunday, July 06, 2014

There's a book I read one time called "The Four Agreements". I know that three of them are "always do your best" and "don't take anything personally" and "keep your word". I really like to focus on "always do your best." Some days are going to be tougher to deal with than others diet and exercise wise. This means that sometimes your plans will go awry because life gets in the way. Despite that, you adjust and keep moving forward.

With my goal firmly in mind, I am continuing to handle each day the best way I know how. One step at a time. Everyday, I ask myself the question, "what can I do today to get me closer to my goal tomorrow?" Some days are better than others, but I've done something, SOMETHING every single day. Journaling, drinking my water, tracking my food intake, exercise, or all of the above. The alternative is to stop doing everything completely--and regain all of my weight. The prospect of that happening scares me. I worked too hard to lose 50 pounds two years ago. I've regained 15 of it and refuse to accept that I can't lose it again.

So I'm focused on dropping the next 5 pounds. It's tough because I didn't lose a single pound this week, despite tracking my food and 300 minutes of exercise. That can be discouraging. To me, it means I'm going to need to make even more adjustments to my eating and find a way to stay patient.

This weekend was a tough one to get through but it's over and I handled it the best I could. Time to move forward one baby step at a time.

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KATHARINA01 7/7/2014 5:09AM

    I didn't lose much this week either. Patience is the key, I guess. You have a great attitude about it though, so I'm sure you will reach your goal eventually. emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 7/6/2014 6:50PM

    Yep, just move forward! emoticon emoticon

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