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    CAITIE0424   15,058
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Restarting Again

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So I kind of gave up for a little while because I felt like I was working hard with no results. But I am back because I miss having the energy I felt when healthier and since I now have a job (YAY!) I need all the energy I can get when at home.

Last week, I put what I was eating into sparkpeople, and for the most part I only need to cut out 100-200 calories a day to be within my range. I have been eating more fruits and vegetables lately, which make me feel better and I want to continue with that.

Basically, we need to stop going out. My parents were here this weekend, so it was a special weekend, but we went out for 3 meals in 3 days. Too much. Then I went out last night (but went to Panera and ate less than 500 calories) AND we are going out tonight with husband's parents (planning on soup and salad). Oy.

So this weekend will be cooking, cooking, cooking! I am trying to find some great crock-pot recipes. They are so yummy and make a lot of leftovers...always helpful to have some variety for lunch during the week!

On the fitness front, we are trying to transfer our current gym membership to another couple. Our gym is 20 minutes away. I picked it because it had a pool. When I wasn't working in the city, it worked well even though it was far. ..but now that I get home at 6:30 at the earliest, not so much. We have a gym 5 minutes from home, so once we transfer our membership, we will join the new one. Then the plan is 4 times a week.

Hoping that this new inspiration will stick. I kind of want to join Weight Watchers because I know a lot of people that have had success and it, like Sparkpeople, is about changing lifestyle. I just don't know if it would be worth it!
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POOKASLUAGH 10/26/2011 3:12PM

    It sounds like you have a good handle on it, and maybe the newer versions of the program don't restrict your calories as severely as the older versions I was on did! Good luck either way you do it. :)

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CAITIE0424 10/26/2011 3:02PM

    Thanks Amanda! I am really trying to see all sides and your comment is very helpful.

My mom has done it a couple times and this time is her third. She is what actually got me interested. She isn't on her third time through because she has gained the weight back, it is because she stopped when she was ill and is just getting back into it.

I kind of think it, like most diets/plans should be combined with what your body is telling you (which my mom def does). She was here this weekend and we figured out my points, turns out it was 100 calories less than the middle of my spark range.

I don't know, maybe I will just combine some aspects of WW and Spark - I do like the "floating" points and think that realizing that going over every so often is okay, especially for a special event, is important, especially for me. I tend to fall off once in a month and give up.

The one aspect I will do for sure is that if I am slightly over calories, but a lot of it was fresh fruits and veggies, I am not going to be mad at myself for it. We will see how it goes!

Thanks for being so supportive!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/26/2011 2:13PM

    First off, I'm glad you're back!!

Second, cutting the eating out has probably been the biggest factor in my success so far, so I definitely think you're onto something there.

Third, I personally advise against weight watchers. They claim to advocate a lifestyle change, but they are a business and they get their money from people trying to lose weight. Their plan works, but your weight rebounds afterwards most of the time. This is because they have you cut your calories to extreme levels. When I was on weight watchers, I was trying ot go from 150 lbs to 125 lbs. My calorie level, if I equaled out the points, was between 900 and 1150 calories a day. You got to add some calories for exercise, but only 50 calories for every 100 calories burned, so if I burned 400 calories a day (the max they accepted at the time), my calorie range moved to 1100-1350. I lost the weight quickly, but afterwards when I went to maintenance level calories (around 1500-1600 at the time), I gained all the weight back and more. Ever since then, every time I've tried to do weight watchers, my system has gone out of wack and I've started gaining weight. I'm pretty sure the reason I'm so sensitive to starvation mode now is that first time on weight watchers a full decade ago.

It's not just me. I've met a lot of people who have had very similar experiences after losing weight on WW. My mother in law was on it at the same time as me and she also lost a lot, gained it all back when she went to maintenance, and hasn't been able to lose ever again since. My mom has several cousins with the same experience. I think in a way it's like weight loss surgery. It's too extreme, and messes with the way your metabolism works. Losing weight with Spark (or other programs that don't cut your calories too far) is healthier for your body in the long run.

That's just my opinion and of course I'm not saying that's what happens to everyone. I know people who have been successful on WW too. I just thought I'd give you that caution, just in case. :)

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