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November Recap & December Goals

Friday, November 30, 2012

October 31st Weight: 182.25
November 30th weight: 177.25

Total weight loss: 5 (most of it within the last week!)

I've turned a corner with my weight loss journey. Somehow, i stumbled upon and I have been listening to their podcasts and they have really changed the way I think about weight loss.

In the past, I have been focused so much on the numbers on the scale and for some reason I really wanted to be around 165 for my trip home in January, kind of like i wanted to go home and show off to everyone. Not really the best motivation, not really very health focused at all. Wrong priorities. And I didn't even think they were wrong. I had set "mini" goals along the way (from Sept to Jan 1st) and kept missing them every month. They were too aggressive and I was demoralized.

I had wanted to eat at around 1600-1700 calories every day, and really struggled with keeping in range. My weight had pretty much stalled at the beginning of the month. Well,
after listening to, I learned that I have been trying to eat below my base metabolic rate all these months, no wonder it was so hard for me. For someone who is moderately active (I routinely burn 5,000 calories a week on cardio), I should be eating around 2,100 calories a day. So, I finally listened to those yelling red letters on my SP fitness page that told that I was exercising too much for my calorie range, I updated my calories burned, and SP gave me the range of 1950 to 2200+ calories. I am much happier at eating 2,100 a day.

I also have tried to change up my fitness routine. I love cardio, love, love, love it to the exclusion of everything else. I have tried to reduce my cardio to 45 mins a day, add in a yoga/stretch for 15 mins and weights for 15 mins. More balanced, more appropriate.

The biggest change in all of this is I am no longer fixated on the pounds lost per month, no longer fixated on the length of time I have left to get to goal. WHEN (not if!) I get to my goal and live my life for the next 10, 20, 30, 40 (god willing!) years, it will make no difference if I lost my weight in 12 months or 16 months or even 20 months.

I think I am FINALLY about the journey, and not the destination. I am thinking about getting a Bod Pod done every 3 months to see if I can increase my muscle mass during the time that I lose.

On the plus side, I finish up my Fall 5% challenge tomorrow, it has been a WONDERFUL 8 weeks with the Beautiful Butterflies! My first challenge ever and I so enjoyed it! I didn't lose the 5%, but that's okay. It has gotten my excited and enthusiastic about the JOURNEY! Does anyone see a common theme in my blog today?

Anyway, thank YOU to all you Spark Friends! For your COMMENTS, your "LIKES", your EVERYTHING. Your support has meant so much to me along the way, my family is not always so forthcoming with the support.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and GOD BLESS during this joyous season of celebration! Behave yourselves!
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    Sounds like you have had a great month, and have learned a lot of new things! Congrats!
    1426 days ago
    One common thread I see in reading what people who have managed to lose weight or simply become healthier is that they stopped focusing on weight loss and things generally improved. One of my favorites is This is not a Diet (
    m). She has a very active Facebook page and often talks about how she lost 100 pounds by learning to love her body as it was. Enlightening stuff!
    1426 days ago
    YES!!! I'm so glad there is someone else out there who loves to exercise and who struggles becuase they've been eating too little, and has improved it! I only burn about 2500-3000 calories a week, but I eat around 1600-1800 calories on a regular basis because of it, and I get so sick of people telling me that I would lose weight faster if I only ate 1200 a day. No. Sorry. That's not how it works! I'm not even sure I'm eating enough at 1600 calories!

    I need to check out that podcast I think!
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