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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tomorrow's another Wednesday with an all day lecture to attend and then an English class to teach in the evening. I'm going to continue NOT to track on Wednesdays to give myself a mid-week break. But otherwise, I think I still need to keep an eye on things. I've been eating a few too many extras lately, and though I haven't weighted in yet, I feel like I may have had a slight gain. Time to get on the stairstepper!

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ANSCHUIER 11/15/2007 9:32AM

    I've been doing a little of the same.. Those "little" extras really do add up!!

Can you believe our team starts up next week? One of my goals is to religiously track my food again, but I feel a little off course. Guess I have a week to step it up!

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BRANOWEN 11/13/2007 12:53PM

    I think that taking one meal or one day "off" per week to give yourself a break is very necessary to maintain your sanity while trying to diet. Mine is Friday night dinners. You can't be in diet mode ALL the time! XOXO - Liz

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I'm going to cut myself a little slack and take Wednesdays "off" from the food tracker.


Steady As She Goes

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Yesterday marked one month of maintenance. Like everyone has been saying, it's a challenge in itself. There's the "now what?" feeling, and then there's the "go ahead and eat it, you've reached your goal" feeling - which I've been giving in to a bit too often the past couple of days.

Then there's a whole assortment of fears that come up in questions like: Will I get bored going to the gym? Will I be able to keep this up FOREVER? What's going to happen when I go home to the States - Land of food courts and all-you-can-eat buffets? I keep reminding myself that I'm living in the new normal and that I know how to make healthy choices.

And I'm so glad that there's someone who holds the future. HE doesn't get surprised by circumstances that might be daunting for me. He prepares the way for me and he'll be there to help me meet these situations head on. It's not like I've never been through this things before. But with what I've learned on this Spark journey, I'm actually better equiped than ever before to meet these challenges. I'm so thankful I found this place!

The very next thing is another seminary course starting up this week: One-day-a-week, all-day lectures on Wednesdays. I don't feel very well prepared for the start-up this week and I don't have a lot of free time in the next two days to get ready. At least the fridge is stocked with good stuff (Dinner) and my laundry (Duds) is caught up. That means at least two of the 3 D's are done. I'll go do the third one (Dishes) now!

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BEARS_NECESSITY 11/7/2007 10:53AM

  Congratulations!!! One whole month of maintaining. That is awesome.
As for all the fears. I totally get all that and worry that I will fall into that even now before I reach my final goal. But, your right. We have the Lord to call upon. He truly is prepared to help us through all challenges and temptaions we will face in our lifetime. I am trying to remember that. I tend to think I can handle the "small stuff" on my own and only go to the Lord for help during the "big" trials.
Anyway, keep up the good work. You have made it so far. You are an inspiration.

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HOMEBUNNY 11/4/2007 6:13PM

    Way to go on making your goal weight & to a month of maintaining your weight!! I am sure you will be able to continue what you have started. You were going through a life style change not a diet. Just remember to focus on what you have learned. Slip-ups are okay as long as they do not become the norm.


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Do I dare?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Like a lot of other losers, I'm also finding that I have a lot more energy and am not quite sure what to do with it: I've been entertaining the idea of getting back into jogging, something I haven't really done in over 20 years.

My heart rate has gone down and I now have to move pretty fast to stay in cardio range. On the treadmill, that means either increasing the angle or the speed. Increasing the angle isn't much fun because it seems like an unnatural position. So, the past couple of days I've been alternating about 3 minutes of running with 2 minutes of walking, for about twenty minutes total. This is how the "Couch to 10K" program works. Can I really do this?

I'm going to take it slow and see if my joints and "them dry bones" can take it. There are 5K and 10K races scheduled in Stuttgart in June ---hmmm, we'll see! I need to find a good t-shirt to wear: "Running on Holy Ghost Power!" would be good!

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CRAIGEMOEN 10/25/2007 1:28PM

    I understand what you mean. My walk to work used to be a challenge because it goes up and down some pretty significant hills. But now I do it in half the time and rarely breathe very hard although I still sweat like crazy. I don't think my joints could take that repetitive impact though. I like my exercise outside, but haven't figured out what the next step should be without spending too many hours doing the exercise thing.

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MOM2KNL 10/25/2007 12:15PM

    I dare you!!!! C'mon, you can do it. I was never a runner and started back in March. I did a similar program called Learn to Run. (Oasis sent it to me) Anyway, take it slow and have fun directing all that new energy into something healthy for your heart.. I am about halfway to my goal, but have more energy than ever. At my goal, will I have even more? :)

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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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