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Day 27/365 of 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hey gang! emoticon

Time flies! emoticon I cannot believe that in 51 days it will be spring. emoticon If I reflect on the nutrition over the last 27 days, it has gone well. I have been getting lots of water, lots of fruits and vegetables and I have been staying in range 6 of the 7 days for every week but one since the start of 2013. This isn't too shabby.

Then there comes fitness. emoticon I am not able to do everything that I want to do due to limitations. This is really hard for me mentally because over the last four years with SparkPeople, I have come to love exercise. This past week, I've started adding some upper body workouts but because I haven't done much working out since November, I'm having to use smaller weights. This is OK. I did my upper body workout twice this week. I also started doing some core again (crunches and side bends). Next week, I'm going to do these workouts three times. I know that if I begin to be able to get into a normal workout regimen that the weight will begin to drop again.

I'm trying extra hard not to focus on this. I was thinking earlier this week about how I felt when I was 180 pounds. This was too heavy. I felt lethargic and did nothing. I knew change was needed. Then, I lost 20 pounds and hovered around 160 for a long time. I did not like wearing a size 10. It was just too much for my frame. Then I dropped another 25 pounds and was happy here. I love buying smaller clothes. I was much more fit and could do just about any activity that I wanted to (minus running due to my knees - I think I will never conquer this feat).

So, focusing on today. My smaller clothes are too tight. I am back into only a few of my 8's that I kept and that is few and far between and I am no longer in much of my 6's or 4's that I was 15 pounds ago. In one year since my smallest weight of 134, I am back up to 150. Ugh. I am not happy here at all. In fact, I loathe the number 150. I want to be back to 134. Is this my ultimate goal? Not really, but honestly if I can hover around 134 forever and be fit, I would feel better.

It isn't the end of the month - but it's close. My goal by summer is to get back to 134. To calculate it, there are 20 weeks before the week of summer. I can safely lose around 1 pound a week (which has always been my goal) and easily get there.

I think since I am getting little exercise right now I am going to have to really pay attention to my calories as I have been. I am not weighing in again until Feb. 1st however until then I'm counting my weight at 150. I am going to try some calorie zig zagging for a while. I've heard that this really works. I've never really stuck to this in the past when I've tried but I think this will be much easier now that I eat a lot better.

Here's my calorie list but I am going to stick to the fat loss plan because extreme fat loss seems too much. 1200 almost every day is nothing.

Maintenance Fat Loss Extreme Fat Loss
Monday 1640 1312 1200
Tuesday 1312 1200 1200
Wednesday 1967 1574 1440
Thursday 1640 1312 1200
Friday 1476 1200 1200
Saturday 1804 1443 1320
Sunday 1640 1312 1200

**Sorry that this doesn't come out as a perfect table when posted. This drives me crazy but I have no way to fix it. Hope you can tell which numbers that I'm aiming for.


Workout upper body & core 3x per week
Eat plenty of fruits and veggies
Continue to drink my water
Sleep 7-8 hours every night (this is NOT hard for me)
Take my vitamins daily

Stay tuned... emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
1935MARY 1/30/2013 8:41AM

    The first step, making a plan .The next step is sticking to it. Let us know how it goes. I changed a few things in my routine, I have been stuck in limbo for awhile. I think changing things a little may give me a boost. I am cheering for you to make your goal.

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WHITNEYLD 1/29/2013 1:51PM

    It looks like you have a set plan and are well on your way! I commend you. I have missed you lately! I am doing great! I am feeling good today, and more like my old self. More energy! The first trimester is almost over, and I can feel myself coming back to life a little more each day. I baked some pumpkin muffins the other day and felt like my old self. I hope you continue to do well. Great work on the exercising! I hope to talk to you soon... keep in touch! ((Hugs)) Whitney

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    I need to get better at coming on here to read your blogs! I get to see your food side on MFP but I like to hear about the personal side on here :)

I honestly think you're doing great. Your attitude has made a big change this year and it shows! Me too, I think. It doesn't look like I will reach my goal when I planned (my bday in march) but I am not worried because I know I will reach it sometime this year and as long as the scale continues to go down I don't care if its slow :) I know the same is true for you and I'm excited for us!

The calorie cycling seems cool, can't wait to see what you think about it!

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TANYA602 1/28/2013 9:32AM

    I love how you break this all down and make a plan to reach that summer goal! You can do this!

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CAGEDBIRDSONG 1/27/2013 6:01PM

    I really do like the idea of calorie cycling. Adding the exercise--ST and Cardio will help you melt the pounds. I know it is so hard to get back into the habit and squeeze it into an already hectic schedule.

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/27/2013 2:31PM

    You sound like you have a plan and it makes sense too.
One thing on your exercise to focus is that although you are not back to full strength, each day you make little imporvements and contiue to move forward you have having success. You are right it may take a little more time but you will get there. Remember it is not the number but how we feel that really should be out motivator. I envy you knowing what feeling good to you. I dont have that since the last time I saw 130's I was like 14. And according to my Dr I should set a goal to be about 135. To me it is am impossibly small number that I cant even see myself getting too. So I have choosen to think of it as getting to a healthy BMI which is the same number But the thought is easier to maintain.
I wish you lots of success on the calorie jumble and hope you find what you need and if not, just keep trying!
Hugs and smiles

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