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December Progress

Thursday, December 08, 2011

An update on the December goals that I blogged about last week.

1. Track every day - I met this goal and managed to track everything I could remember eating. I may have missed a bite or two but I think I got everything. My calories ranged from just under 1000 to 1450 with an average for the week of 1213.
2. 30 minutes of exercise everyday. I met this with 305 minutes for the week or 16.2 miles.
3. Limit myself to one treat per day. I kind of met this depending on what I call a treat. I did only eat one goodie in the breakroom per day but one day I got into my dark chocolate stash at home. I did stay within my calorie limits however.

All in all I would say I had a very successful week although the scale has not acknowledged that success yet.
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LEANJEAN6 12/17/2011 8:05PM

    Wow!--You did well----and you ate virtual Birthday cake too --Thanks for coming to the Virtual Birthday Party-Lynda

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ROSEWCI 12/17/2011 6:41AM

    emoticon job! It's so difficult to remain on track this time of year! Kudos to you for making it work!

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JANNEPERRY 12/12/2011 7:54AM

    I like your goals and your progress!

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LINDAJ0621 12/10/2011 8:30PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! I filled up my candy dishes too early for the Holidays and am regretting it. emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 12/8/2011 11:14PM

    In lieu of the scale's acknowledgement, I wish to validate that you've done an excellent job! WTG! Persevere! emoticon

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MAMABUGAZ 12/8/2011 7:32PM

    That sounds like an awesome month, so far, and, a good calorie range for weight loss.

I'm a big believer in the concept of calorie cycling. Since you seem to be "stuck" at the same weight (you said that the scale had not acknowledged your success yet), here's a suggestion for the next week or two.

Stay in the same calorie range, most of the time, but try this:
1. Two days at 1200-1450 calories (perhaps one weekend, and one mid-wek day, so they are somewhat spread out).
2. Try some calorie deprivation for just one or two days (700-900 calories).
3. Round out the rest of the week (3-4 days) with 1000-1150 calories.

Your consistent exericse is also awesome; I'm not good at that at all. And, the idea of one treat per day is good. For me, I'd define a "treat" as simple carbs (sugar or white flour products, such as bread, baked goods, pasta, etc). Dark chocolate is actually good for you, if you stay in your calorie range. It is not unusual for me to eat a 40-80 calorie piece of dark chocolate daily, and not even count it as a treat. It is especially good if eaten with a small handful (6 or 8) nuts, such as almonds. Dark chocolate plus nuts are often snack foods. Meals, for me, are mostly veggies and protein (usually meat).

If you try my suggestion, try it for a week or two; see what happens, then evaluate. Just an idea. If you have another system that seems a better "fit" for you, do your own thing. My thing works for me, but it might not work for everyone. I'm a huge believer that a weight loss plan must be tailored to the individual. Not every plan works for every person. But, the calorie cycling (varyin the amount of calories on a regular basis) has been a huge part of my weight loss success, and, I expect that I will utilize that strategy for a lifetime, to maintain my weight.

~ Faith

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