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Non scale motivation

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I went over my calories yesterday even before I had my dinner. what got me in trouble was the graham crackers. I made s'mores on Mother's day, and there were some graham crackers left over. I had 2 with milk. Then 2 more. Then 2 more. What a stupid thing to binge on. but it was sweet, crunchy and carby. I want to thank everyone who so very sensibly suggested I just have a light dinner instead of being concerned about it.

Then today, I weighed myself & I'm down pounds (with an "s") and body fat %. I'm not counting it until the "official" weigh in day, Thursday, because of fluctuations are normal. But if this is real, I'm excited.

The weight loss journey is not a fast, straight path. It takes a long time. Getting frustrated doesn't help the journey. In fact it can discourage you to quit making an effort. I was talking with a friend at the gym, a exercise science major who does personal training. She wanted to know how to motivate women my age. I told her that sometime I don't lose weight, so I take my measurement, and sometimes my measurements don't change, and it's frustrating. But the area that I've seen the most dramatic change is in strength. Since I started strength training last June (almost a year now), a saw dramatic growth in strength. Not building muscle mass, but recruiting more muscle fibers to work. It translates to more ease in everyday activities like hauling groceries, lifting furniture, and climbing stairs. What a boost to self esteem, too!

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My new Fitbit is motivating me to walk up & down the stadium this weekend. I did 23 floors yesterday and 20 floors today.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/20/2013 4:37PM

    I find graham crackers to be very addictive. Especially those little cinnamon ones. I get started on them and don't want to stop. There are much worse things to binge on.

Strength training is really important for people of all ages. It translates to longevity. You are doing your body a favor.

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SWEETCLEANER 5/20/2013 12:22PM

    Great news! Hope it sticks! (know that feeling!)
Yes, the FitBit is great, and quantifies what you are doing. My struggle is with the 'active' numbers I may do alot of walking/cardio but still not reach my daily goal! But still trying! I wish I had a stadium nearby to do stairs--that is a awesome way to do it--outdoors!
There is a FitBit Group here on SP if you are interested!

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PHEBESS 5/20/2013 8:52AM

    Sometimes if I plateau, I find eating OVER my calories for a day or two helps break the plateau and I actually lose more. It's that weird metabolism thing, where your body gets used to one level and then stagnates. Strange, but it works.

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CARRIE1948 5/20/2013 8:07AM

    Well done on the floors

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STRONGERLEANER 5/19/2013 9:25PM

    Increased strength is a great motivator to me, as is increased flexibility!

Congratulations on the pounds lost. If they don't show on your official weigh day I'm sure they will show consistently on the scale soon after.
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ONTHEPATH2 5/19/2013 8:05PM

    My fitbit has been my new scale! Don't get me wrong - I still weigh weekly, but the scale could ruin my day before it even began. Now I focus on putting BIGGER numbers on my fitbit instead of hoping to find smaller numbers on the scale. Much more positive for me because it is something I CAN control!

Congrats on climbing those stadium stairs! I'm not there yet! Relatively new in this journey but one of these days, you may see me right behind you on those stairs!

Keep up the awesome work! emoticon emoticon

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