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Middle Number 4, GRRRRR!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Changed my weight tracker to 140.5. Up from 138 where it's been (faithfully checked daily because that's what works for me in maintenance) for weeks and weeks.

But today it WAS 140.5. And so I changed it.

I hate to see that middle number 4.

I know, I know. Not a big deal. Probably temporary.

I haven't been exceeding my calorie count. Have been permitting myself 1500 or 1600 calories a day, however. Within my "range" but probably too much for my metabolism.

And: I did have a serving of salted cashews and almonds yesterday. So there might be some "water weight" lurking in there. Nuts good (in moderation); salted nuts not so good.

Today: Will review my Beck cards. *pause: doing that right now* Done.

Where have I been a bit sloppy?

Pretracking nutrition: gotta do this every day, the day before. (Haven't put in today's nutrition yet: will do this immediately after posting my blog). And I will measure portion sizes rather than relying upon the "eyeball method".

Exercise: work has been uber stressful, and I haven't been getting to the gym as much as I need to. Even though the gym (and golf) are excellent means of combating stress. Went to the gym yesterday. I'm playing golf today. And tomorrow.

Eating standing up. There's been a tiny bit of that creeping back in . . . vegetables while preparing salads, a berry or two. Trivial from a calorie count perspective, NOT trivial from a "strengthening the resistance muscle" perspective. No more eating standing up. None. No choice. This is a huge slippery slope for me.

So: I will continue to pretrack diligently: exercise, nutrition.

And measure my portion sizes accurately.

Because: ignoring small weight gains is what got me up to 230 pounds in 2001.

Eternal vigilance is what I require. Beck and SP can help me maintain that.

I want to see a middle number 3 again. Yeah.

When it happens, I will post it!
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TEENY_BIKINI 6/28/2011 6:08PM

    You've got this! I love how meticulous you are... That is way cool.

Go girl.

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CRYSTALJEM 6/27/2011 6:55PM

    Keep up the great work. Deep breath, you have it together - just take it step by step and ease through the stress. However, when you figure out how to ease through that stress, please share because I'm really not passing that life class right now! ;)

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PENNYAN45 6/27/2011 8:41AM

    How good it is to have a Beck's checklist that you can go over in your mind to make improvements when the scale slips up - even if it is ever so slightly.

I have found that eating anything sweet can cause water retention. Don't know why - but it happens.

You are modeling the best behaviors for all of us. Thanks.

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TBANMAN 6/26/2011 8:27PM

    That's the difference between now and back then, isn't it? The ability to catch yourself teetering over that slippery slope. Good on you.

And it is a big deal - if it's a big deal to you. No minimizing allowed.

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BARBIETEC 6/26/2011 7:24PM

    *huuuuuuug*

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TRYINGHARD1948 6/26/2011 7:05PM

    You are awesome.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/26/2011 2:07PM

    I know how you feel, Ellen. I've been stuck at middle number 3 for two months. For my height, I need to be in the 2's. I am on track with my walking goal for the month, though. And it is more than last month. Slow and steady wins the race. And I agree with you about the small changes accumulating to a big difference over time. Let's keep moving in the right direction.
Enjoy your golf!

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CMRAND54 6/26/2011 12:49PM

    Sounds like you're back on track. I know it's easy to backslide. That said, I'm blaming the salted nuts.

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NANCY- 6/26/2011 12:15PM

    You are one amazing woman.
Your mindfulness and actions speak volumes as to your commitment of living a healthy lifestyle.
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KRISTI2661 6/26/2011 11:11AM

    You SO impress me. I'm feeling like I haven't been quite faithful enough lately, although the scale is not being unkind to me, it feels odd not doing things as diligently and I worry about that. Thanks for the reminder!

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PHEBESS 6/26/2011 10:30AM

    You CAN do this. And yeah, water weight (and hormonal shifts, slight as they are during our post-50 years) can make a difference. So, you know what to do.

And I'm guessing these are the NOT "oh well" moments.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/26/2011 9:54AM

    Today is an important day for you. Your commitment is high. Your aweness is high. Today is the day to get 100% back on track. Your plan to measure - and to get unsalted nuts for the next time - are both good. Your commitment to pre-plan your food and avoid standing is excellent. You reminded me. I've done a little standing-eating. Need to cut that out. Yesterday I fell back into an old trap. I ate some of Natalie's leftover salmon. I didn't need it, but I just hated to see it go to waste. Better waste than waist. Thanks for reminding me.

Have a great and healthy important back on track day today!! -Marsha

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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/26/2011 9:42AM

    Do you pre-track every day? Some days I try. If I know I am going out for dinner I'll even try and pick what I'm having ahead of time (if they have an online menu), so I can allocate more or less enough calories. But honestly, if I'm too strict with pre-tracking it makes eating too joyless. I find, especially with snacks, I need a bit of room to go with what my body is wanting.

Do you pre-plan meals?

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