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Make excuses or make progress? Down 8 1/2 lbs.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hey all! A lot has happened since I last blogged. I've lost 8 1/2 pounds, am upholding my workout goals, and still using light therapy.

I titled this blog, "Make Excuses or Make Progress," because the biggest impact on my weight loss efforts so far has been a book by Jack Canfield, called, "The Success Principles." The first chapter is about personal responsibility - ultimately, YOU control what you do and the resulting outcomes.

I had basically written off losing weight because now my sister does a lot of the cooking and I don't know how many calories are in the recipes she uses. Also, my Mom is visiting until April, and she buys tons of snacks and leaves them out everywhere. Also since I had moved, I didn't have access to a gym and didn't want to spend a lot of money on a membership right now. I was also having seasonal depression, having moved to Seattle, so didn't feel like working out or doing much at all.

However, after reading the first chapter of the book, I decided:

-My sister may cook, but I can check out the recipe, measure my portions and if needed estimate the calories. I've even looked up obscure recipes in the Sparkpeople database, and it's been in there! I wouldn't have known this without simply trying.

-My Mom may leave snacks around, but I don't have to eat them. I have also gone to the store and brought my own "snacks" - lowfat cottage cheese and fruit. I also can simply say, "No I'm not hungry," if she offers snacks after I've already eaten.

- I started doing "You Are Your Own Gym" workouts by Mark Lauren. The workouts are good, and use only what you have in your house. I do push-up variations off couches, lat pull ups from the top of a door, rows pulling up under a table, box jumps using a stairway and so on.

I have made some other changes too:

-I stuck with the light therapy to treat my SAD until I found something that works for me.
-I don't eat past 8 PM. This way if I am hungry later in the night (seems to be a symptom of the SAD), there is no question if I should or shouldn't eat - if it's past 8 PM, I just don't.
-I workout 6 days a week, even if it is just an easy workout, I still do something.
-I strength train 4-5 times a week, which I wasn't doing before.
-I have said I am not going to train for a marathon or other endurance race until I am within 5 lbs of my goal weight (endurance training actually makes weight loss a lot harder in my case). This has been hard for me but I am trying to stick to this goal.
- I eat a vegetarian diet now!

14 more lbs to go... I AM DOING THIS!

Let me know how you are doing. I am sick today, but tomorrow hopefully I will be back in the game!
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  • CHARITY1973
    You sound so good in your blog! That's wonderful to hear because grief can feel interminable. You sound like you are in effective control of your life and moving forward. Can't ask for much more than that, I don't think!

    I have stalled on my weight loss/endurance training. I went too hard, hurt my achilles and have been on reduced training for 4 weeks. Weight is moving down glacially slow. I have switched to a higher carb, lower protein (mostly veg) diet to try to ensure that my glycogen is getting replenished properly. Some people may be able to do 40/30/30 but I think that at my height of training that just isn't enough to refill properly.

    Otherwise I have 22k of mountain to run across in 4 weeks time. If my achilles is still too tender I will do the short course 12k. I hope my base is strong enough to handle the reduced training and still be capable of finishing the race. I can always walk of course ;-)

    Also if I haven't been able to budge the remaining 15lbs by end of season (July) like you I will move to more strength training and lower cardio. I can starting endurance training again after the remaining fat is gone. It's bloody hard to eat a reduced calorie diet while running 6-8 hours a week!

    Can't wait to hear more about your renewed success!
    1852 days ago
    I am SO proud of you!!! Happy to hear you are doing good!!
    1856 days ago
    Good to hear from you, and great to hear! Glad you've gotten yourself up and moving! Check out and search "beginner bodyweight workout" under free articles. It kicks my butt!

    I'm doing great! And yes, it is the same boy as last month (I now speak of him in possessive pronouns :) )
    1856 days ago
  • KATYA418
    1858 days ago
    YIKES 8 and a half lbs. That is HUGE!!!! Great job! I am so impressed. thanks for sharing the name of the book. i just may have to pick it up.
    1860 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I have to be careful when training for a HM or I'll gain weight, too - but not because I put muscle on like you!

    Sorry to hear you're not feeling well.

    Losing 8 1/2 lbs is awesome! I can't believe there's still 14 that need to go for you!
    1860 days ago
    awesome! happy to hear things are going so well!
    1860 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    Well done, A!
    Great mind-shift - and congrats on finding ways to get it done.

    Big hugs
    1860 days ago
    Way to go! You are awesome! How is the running going?
    1860 days ago
    Awesome! I'm glad to hear all the changes you've made. How the veg diet going? I think after this training cycle, I need to focus on my weight/size before starting another distance training cycle. You're right - it's harder to maintain/lose weight instead of gaining.
    1860 days ago
    You know the hardest part, can be just getting started. Boy did you kick into gear this year. It nice you are with family (well most of the time ;-)
    I was glad to see you just did it and moved! Enjoy the day!, because its yours now.

    1860 days ago
    I'm making progress. Slow, but sure!
    Great post. Way to go!
    1860 days ago
    Way to go!!!! You have control of your situation. That's what's so important. good for you.

    1860 days ago
    Wish I could say I had made progress--was for a while and then the wedding thru me off track and then some stress afterwards---So I need to pull myself up by the bootstraps and figure out what I am doing wrong----good going on your progress!
    1860 days ago
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