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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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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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