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Still riding the freaking see-saw

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

6/12/12: 197.8
6/19/12: 195
6/26/12: 197.4

*these being the weight watchers scale readings... my home scale was a bit more by anywhere from .2 to 1.2 depending. (Like this morning it said 197.8) But close enough, right?

I feel at peace with my decision to stop paying for the monthly pass...(which my current one is only good through 7/13) But at the same time, its scary. For the longest time before I started back in 6/15/10 I thought "I can do this on my own" but hadn't... so is it any wonder that I wonder if I can stick to my guns and lose.. or at least not GAIN any weight on my own?

I want to lose more. I have to get to 185 to be considered "overweight" by BMI. Yeah, I'm obese and can run like I do... and I know bmi and the scale aren't necessarily the be all and end all...but dang it!

So I have to wonder.. what can I do differently? I want to get this ball rolling again!!

Here's what I am going to do:

Track my points.. since I'm still paying for the program I might as well give it my ALL while I have access to etools. But I better start practicing with the paper tracker (I have the 12 week kind)... maybe track in sparkpeople too? Not sure about that..but its the only way I could "share" with folks here..

Water. 64-96 oz a day. (Coffee does not count! I can drink it if I want, but it doesn't count in terms of this...ditto for any diet sodas I might have)

Running.. currently doing 2-4 times a week.. lately its been on the lower end. Sunday's run was a "bad" one... meant to do 6 miles..got shaky legs at mile 3.1 and ended up walking a LOT and cutting it sort of short at 5.59... felt like a failure. Can you imagine that? Definitely shows a change since I considered that a "failure" when I should be celebrating that at least I went out there and did *something*. I want to get the running up more consistently..as well as figure out the shaky legs and occassional bouts of tight throat and wheezing. (Pulmonologist appointment 7/2/12)

Gotta work that strength training in! I've got a strength training routine Irishbeanergal was kind enough to share with me... as well as my Bob Harper dvd... and some kettlebell routines on livefitrevolution.org. There's also a basic strength training for runners routine here on sparkpeople. I'm going to commit my self to doing *SOMETHING* in this area.. at least 2 times this week...gonna shoot for three if I can. (Weds, Friday and Sunday)

I guess that's all I can do.. .. anyone have any other ideas, I'd be happy to "hear" them.
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    You've got the plan down - just commit to it - you are doing great and you WILL hit your 185 - it's a super goal - you can do it. PLEASE don't stop tracking your food - it's been such a great tool for me - especially when i THINK I have messed up and find it's not that bad. Keep up the great work
    2083 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Here are a few constructive suggestions for getting off the proverbial see-saw. We all have been there on occasion, of course:

    (copy and paste the line into your brower) - good luck!
    2083 days ago
  • DONIKA75
    emoticon -Donika
    2089 days ago
    I think you've got a great plan here! Tracking on SparkPeople is a great way to share, as you said.
    Keep on working at it. This is life, and we're always in progress.
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    2090 days ago
    I would track concurrently between point and Sparkpeople, just to give it a try. I know points work really well for some people, but I'm pretty stuck on counting calories. Stick to a consistent range, and if that isn't working, slowly lower it (or raise your activity level) until you are losing weight. You CAN do this - just be mindful!
    2091 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    Stay positive (and accountable) with your food tracking - I've heard it said we get fit in the gym and skinny in the kitchen, meaning what we eat matters. The SP tracker gives me much better information than when I was tracking points with WW. Measure everything.

    When you DO the strength training, you will see results. They don't always show up on the scale, but your clothes will be looser and your body will slim down. I am seeing visible changes. If you have access to weights, aim for the amount you can do with correct form for 8 to 12 reps. If you don't have access to weights, learn some good body weight exercises that you can do without stressing any joints - squats, lunges, pushups, dips, and so forth.

    We have to challenge ourselves in order to change...so try something new and you will reap the benefits. emoticon
    2091 days ago
    Have you tried any other cardio? Zumba? Biking? Swimming? Maybe if you changed up your cardio, add strength training, and watched what you ate, you might see different results. Just an idea.
    2091 days ago
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