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The New Normal

Monday, October 22, 2007

I had a small "aha" moment today: occasionally I ask myself, "when will I go back to eating normally?" I realized today that this is the NEW NORMAL: planning and preparing my meals a day ahead, tracking calories, watching my ranges of fat, protein, carbs and fiber. Even though I don't think I'll be tracking on a daily basis forever, I need the discipline now and I know it's one that I'll be coming back to from time to time. I reached my goal about three weeks ago, and nothing has really changed except that I need to find ways to add calories while keeping the right balance of nutrients.

I'm actually a pound below my goal weight as of today. That means that my new calorie range (1470 - 1820 as determined by SP) is a pretty good one - I averaged around 1600 calories this past week and still lost.

New Normal applies to exercise, too. I'm on day 222 of my exercise streak and I can hardly imagine a day without some kind of intentional exercise. I'm already starting to think about how I'll keep things up when I go home to the States for the holidays - can I get a guest gym membership somewhere? Will I drive to the YMCA to go swimming, go Nordic walking on the beach? I know I'll walk most mornings, sometimes with Dad at the mall (he doesn't like the heat) and I'll take my trusty Theraband to give me a handy tool for strength training.

So, self - Welcome to the New Normal!

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DAISEYDUCK 10/25/2007 8:37AM

    WOW! Congratulations on your weight loss. I'm inspired by you. I'm about 10 pounds away from my goal. I took a break this past summer (on the advice of my trainer) to take a stab at maintaining. It is a different kind of normal! I practiced it for about a month before dropping my calories again to lose. It wasn't difficult to switch into maintain mode as I was so used to tracking and exercising. My numbers were just a little different, that's all! I loved reading your blog and imagined you having that "aha" moment, LOL! But, yeah, maintaining will soon become second nature to you and you won't have to be so disciplined as it will become your new habit. Good Luck and God Bless!

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GUAVIE 10/22/2007 8:25PM

    great job in meeting your goal? great! you weigh around 130, right? i'm trying to figure it out... did sp give you that calorie ranged based on the fact that you're maintaining now? it still seems like a high calorie limit to me. great for you, though, if it's working! :o) you must have great metabolism or you must be burning 500 calories a day or so. what's your secret??? :o) i haven't figured out how to change my calories w/ weight loss. i know how to re-enter calories but don't know how to get sp's suggestions. help?

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Golden October

Saturday, October 20, 2007

It's hard to believe that October is almost past! I took my car in yesterday to have the winter tires put on. It was the last day of their special deal at the garage. I go to pick up the car this morning, then it will be time to get my weekend shopping and errands done.

October is also a special time of year here in Germany - the weather is rather unpredictable. It can be summery - like last weekend for the flea market - and then it's called "golden October". Or it can be foggy and cold, with a damp chill that goes to your very bones - like today. Then October is called - well, never mind!

For me, it's often a difficult time because my allergies act up. I don't think I'm allergic to the mold of the leaves, but I suppose that could be a part of it. There are things that bloom this time of year that I AM allergic to. But what really gets me is the dry air inside when the heat gets turned on. My eyes get dried out and can even swell to almost shut like they did yesterday. Will be going to the doctor if it doesn't get better soon. And I'm keeping hydrated, of course.

Tonight is the opening of the new café ministry at church. I volunteered to help out in the kitchen so will have to come home quick after Nordic walking to shower and change.

I don't have a detailed to do list for today. But my goals are to finish what I begin, put things away after I use them, and not to make any promises to myself or anyone else that I won't be able to keep. Just for today, but it would be great if the goals became habits!


Only One

Monday, October 15, 2007

Busy weekend - church participation in the town's annual flea market and street festival. So I'm just now getting back to blogging.

I weighed in this morning and was glad to see that I only gained a pound in spite of all the extra calories consumed during my vacation. I guess all the walking/hiking helped, along with two days of more careful eating since I got back . It's good to be back "on track" - literally using the SP nutrition and fitness trackers on a daily basis.

Now I need to get serious about maintaining. I'm noticing little thoughts sneaking in like "I'm at my goal weight now, so I can eat this..." even when I know it's not the best choice. Enough of those choices and the pounds will come back pretty quick! Reminds me of the Bible verse that talks about capturing the little foxes that sneak into the vineyard and de stroy the grapes. They may be little - but they are mischievous and destructive!

These are the next steps: (1) Get a Polar F6 heart monitor to maximize the benefits of my cardio workouts, especially at the gym. Reward for reaching goal! (2) Schedule an appointment with Tina at the gym to work out a new strength training program, updating the one she gave me in July. I have TONS of toning to do. (3) Joined a new Spark Team today - At Goal and Maintaining so I can benefit from the experiences of other maintainers.

The weather has been fantastic the past few days and looks like it's going to stay that way for a bit. Maybe I'll get in a good Nordic walking tour tomorrow.

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BFITNHAPPY 10/16/2007 3:50AM

    Great attitude about only gaining one pound..maintenance has its ups and downs. Thanks for stopping by my page to read about my marathon experience..and for being such a great member of the Stir Up team! The At Goal and Maintaining group is awesome!

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Jiggedy Jog

Friday, October 12, 2007

Home again, home again: I'm back home in Germany - only arrived 5 minutes late in spite of a nation-wide strike of the regional trains!

The theme of the retreat I attended was "Give Thanks" so, on Tuesday evening, we were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with (almost) all the fixins - with a few adaptations due to the fact that it was prepared for the most part in the kitchen of the Swiss hotel where we were staying. The food was wonderful all around and I probably ate way more than my range. I'm going to hold off weighing in till my usual Monday - should be able to do some "damage control" now over the weekend.

I'll write more tomorrow and I'll be tracking again BIG TIME, checking in with my teams and catching up with Spark mail.

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CRAIGEMOEN 10/12/2007 7:38PM

    Cool! When we lived in the Netherlands we had a pretty hard time finding all of the traditional Thanksgiving food, including a whole turkey. We invited some friends over for dinner, and they really didn't like most of it - especially the vegetable (pumpkin) pie!

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Taking a Hike

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Tomorrow morning I leave for a few days in Switzerland at a missionaries' retreat. I've been going to these for several years and always look forward to them as a special time of rest, relaxation and fellowship. I'll be enjoying awesome views of the Alps and, weather permitting, doing some hiking, or at least some good long walks.

I've turned off my Spark mail and reminders so my mail box doesn't fill up while I'm gone. I'll check in once or twice from the internet cafe but won't be posting here at Spark, nor will I be tracking on SP. That's a little scary after almost 6 months of logging my food and exercise daily. And, as you can imagine, food is a central feature of this get-together! But I'm also looking forward to the freedom and I figure it's a good chance to try my wings. I know that Spark, the bathroom scale and my tape measure will still be here when I get back on Friday!


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