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Learning from those tiny losses! - Tales from 100# Down

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

emoticon So I lost 2/10ths of a pound this week. There have been times in my long journey where I did everything RIGHT and had a small loss like that. Not the case THIS week. I often say "a loss is a loss" and that's SO true BUT I know "I" can do better. I'm being very transparent so that YOU can learn from ME - not only in my successes but in my failures.

Here is what I did wrong this past week:

1) I had two days over-range. I was over by about 500 calories each day and that's 1/3 of a pound right there I might have lost. One of my over range days was Saturday after my husband returned from a trip to Europe. We ate out TWICE in one day - that's a no go in my new world even with choosing smartly and sharing an entree at one of those two meals. Restaurant food is high in sodium and higher in calories than the same thing we cook at home.

2) SUGAR - Even on my "in-range" days I had way too much sugar. Sweets do two things. They make me want to eat MORE and they cause a big high followed by a big low and that big low often causes me to head to the kitchen. I must get sugar out of my diet! Note - Next trip to Belgium NO chocolates as a prize.

3) Step Count - I had 3 less than 7000 step days. I'm pushing hard now to make up for it but I need to keep that step count up above 10,000. Sitting does not burn as many calories!

4) Choosing Easy - With my husband in Europe instead of cooking like I had planned I did a lot of easy eating - peanut butter on crackers, frozen entrees, sandwiches and pirates' booty. I am not buying ANY Pirate's Booty this week. It may only be 60 calories for 1/2 ounce bag but it's not 60 calories well spent.

So I'm not celebrating that 2/10ths of a pound because it could have been a POUND if I had tried harder!

Now, lest you think I'm losing sight of the bigger picture of 112 pounds lost - I am aware that this is just a minor slowdown BUT... BIG BUTT (ha) this is the kind of slippage that can lead to a reversal of direction... and if I don't nip it in the bud (thanks Barney Fife) I won't continue to have this progress.

WEEK 5 my goals are:

1) COOK more at home (this doesn't mean microwaving a lean cuisine)
2) STEPS over 10,000 daily
4) CARDIO - 60 minutes minimum per day.
5) EAT IN RANGE for 7 days straight
6) TWO fruits or vegetables daily minimum.
7) WATER - 80 ounces daily (10 glasses) minimum

Anyone want to join me?

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    Sounds like a good plan for the week ahead
    1707 days ago
  • DEE797
    Your plan sounds like a good one. I need to make similar changes to how/what I eat. Thanks for the reminders. I love reading your blogs.
    1708 days ago
    Great Blog, S ;*)
    Thanks for Sharing!
    1711 days ago
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    1716 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1716 days ago
    Thanks for the reminders. I been there and done that toooo many times to count. I'm in!
    1717 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan.
    I'm willing to join in .

    Drink 10 glasses of water
    Take 4000 Steps
    Reduce sugar intake and
    Exercise 10 - 15 minutes daily

    Your an inspiration. I need to lose over 100 lbs. but have some health issues. I see that you have done it successfully, so I will give it my best shot.

    Thanks for the push
    1717 days ago
    I've just restarted my journey and am on the small steps, but I'll join you for:

    1) COOK more at home (this doesn't mean microwaving a lean cuisine)
    7) WATER - 80 ounces daily (10 glasses) minimum

    You really are an inspiration. I've got well over 100 lbs to lose, seeing that you've lost 112, and you didn't do it with strange diets or surgery, makes me hopeful. Thank you.
    1717 days ago
    The fact that you accurately assess your own mistakes is a huge plus. Good for you and thank you for sharing so openly about the times you don't do quite as well.

    1717 days ago
    OK, I'm with you!!! Your week sounds like mine and I need to work harder to achieve my goals. So, by making your goals my goals, maybe it will help us both. Thanks for sharing and I wish we were in the same area so we could become exercise buddies.

    I, also, have a 10,000 step goal daily, cook at home, low sugar intake, 60 minutes cardio, eat in range, 2 fruits and vegs minimum and 10 glasses of water minimum.

    We can do this!!!

    I weighed exactly the same last week as this week. I worked hard, but I need to hit it harder.

    Would you please send me an invitation to BLC when the time comes around again? I'd love to be on your team and get skinny emoticon together.
    1717 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/3/2013 3:38:47 PM
  • RUTHIET_456
    I'm so encouraged to read your story. I tend to lose and gain the same lbs over and over again. Gotta get it right...
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  • 123ELAINE456
    Great Goals. You are doing Great. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. WTG!!! God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1717 days ago
    Great goals for the week and I'm right in there with you. I don't know what Pirates Booty is and it sounds like something I need to avoid. I get in enough trouble with pop chips.

    1717 days ago
    Great insights emoticon
    1717 days ago
    I wouldn't give up Belgian chocolates when there. I'd just buy a single praline as a reward at my favorite chocolatier (either Neuhaus or Galler).
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    1717 days ago
    what on earth is pirate´s booty?the mind boogles lol.and no i don´t think you are being too hard on yourself just realistic you know yourself how easy it is to start being complacement and what that can lead up way to go on trying to stop the backwards slide before it starts.proud of you.keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1717 days ago
    I hear you loud and clear on all of that. I think once we have discovered success we think a few little slips ups here are there won't matter. Ultimately, in your case it didn't matter, but again.... so true, these "little" slip ups can lead us down the same road we just came from and we certainly don't want to go back there. Re-setting your goals is great. Good luck as you continue your journey!! (how will you avoid the Belgian chocolate though?) emoticon
    1717 days ago
  • TLG71567
    Great job catching yourself and being aware of what you are doing right and wrong. That's half the battle right there. You sound like you're focused and on the right track. You've set some great goals and you have done an amazing job of losing weight so far. I can't imagine losing 112 pounds. That's incredible. emoticon I've been doing many of these myself, though not quite at the level you're doing. emoticon
    1717 days ago
    looking good!
    1717 days ago
    Great goals. I'm still building up to 10000 steps a day. I need more time to fit it in, my diary is being sorted, but it will take time.

    Keep up the good work.

    1717 days ago
    2/10 is 2/10 down. Anything is better then nothing. I'm on vacation at home this week and I've been totally on plan and doing tons of heavy duty yard work. I lost 1 lb. At first I was bummed, but hey at least I'm sure it is one pound of fat!
    1717 days ago
    Great goals! You're totally right, I've experienced the same situation before with the same results.
    1717 days ago
  • MTAL203
    Good job setting weekly goals - I have never tried that but I think I should. As for those "no hassle meals" when your husband is out of town, I rely on birds eye or Green Giant steamers - add a little chicken breast meat to the steamed veggies and you have a really tasty hot meal in 6 minutes - no added sodium. My favorite is the birds eye "Asian medley". . .they have saved me many times for a quick hot dinner. have a great week !
    1717 days ago
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