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Accountability Report – Slim Gyms Challenge

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I began this challenge at 138 pounds, and I'm currently at 129. Holy cow! I'm so very proud of myself and, of my team members. On days when I think I can't, or don't want to, I think about them and then push myself. So thanks to all of you. You may not realize how much of a difference that you make in my life, but you do.

As some of you know, I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. It has been really crazy trying to readjust my eating habits, and it comes with its own set of challenges. For example, one of the major problems with people with celiac trying to learn new diet patterns is that they often rely on “gluten free” products, many of which are overly processed and not very good for you. (Aside from the fact that you don't suffer from the effects of celiac by eating them). People will often find a few “safe” comfort foods and stick to those, without considering the nutrition aspect.

I had an appointment today with a nutritionist to talk about celiac and weight loss. She told me that I was eating far too few calories, and suggested I eat around 1,800 with my level of activity. I switched to the “new” fitness tracker in my Spark settings, and it tends to agree with her. It has set my calories higher than it previously had me. Before, it wanted me to eat between 1,250 and 1,650. But now, it suggests between 1,600 and 2,100 most days. I'm happy about that too, because I don't fear eating, or going over my calorie range.

Fear of eating? Yeah, sounds odd, doesn't it? I mean, I logically know that I weigh in on a weekly basis and can obviously see weight fluctuations, but even if I was hungry, I often feared eating above my calorie range for Spark. Meeting with the nutritionist really helped on this score. I'm working on building muscle, my body has been malnourished from celiac disease, and I'm a healthy and fit individual. I have to fuel my body properly. I'm not doing myself any favors by eating too little.

My personal goal has been pretty hit or miss. If I'm too low on calories after 9:00 pm, I will eat. It is a choice I make, and I make it after considering what is more important to me – eating enough, or eating late. Eating enough has taken priority often.

As far as sleep goes, I'm sleeping better than I can ever remember sleeping. My head hits the pillow and I'm out like a freaking light until my alarm goes off. I don't roll, toss, wake up... nothing. Pure, uninterrupted, healthy sleep. It has been YEARS since I slept this well.

My water drinking is spot on. I drink 10+ glasses a day. I usually stop tracking after I hit eight, but I drink more than that on most days.

My biggest challenge continues to be the weekends. My schedule is altered, I don't -know- what I'm going to eat when, or when I will squeeze in a workout. It is a bit crazy, and can be hard to control. But, I'm making it. Slow and steady.
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  • COREY195
    That's great. I really liked your comments on eating the right amount.
    1699 days ago
    You are doing awesome especially with your personal hurdles!!! Keep up the great work!!
    1709 days ago
    You're doing fantastic!! I think weekends are hard for a lot of us, crazy schedules can make it harder for us, Artsy_Gurl has a great idea that i've started to do as well and that's keeping healthy snacks in my bag. At home it's not hard i've eliminated any unhealthy options so I have no choice but to eat healthy, but out on the go it's tough!

    Keep up the good work we're all rooting for you :D

    1710 days ago
    You have accomplished SO MUCH in the last five weeks and our whole team is proud of you! I especially admire the way you're standing strong in the face of your diagnosis and even though the transition can be tough, you still show up and try hard to meet your goals. Thank you for leading by example...I have no doubt that, by the end of our challenge, you'll meet all your remaining goals!

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    Weekends are the worst for me, too! I usually know what I'm going to be doing and when I'm going to be eating, but I find myself wanting to indulge with my husband during the weekends (that's when we have our date nights). I'm starting to slowly get a handle on that mentality, though.
    1711 days ago
    Your doing amazing! Weekends are tough for me too....too many unplanned events. I try and keep healthy snacks with me in my purse...so that I can have them instead of something unhealthy.

    Keep up the great work!

    1711 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/12/2013 12:49:30 PM
  • MEGA_MEG15
    Great job with what you have accomplished so far during this challenge. I'm proud to hear that you don't have a fear of eating. Keep up the good work and good luck with the changes you are making to keep yourself healthy.
    1712 days ago
  • COREY195
    The weekend is almost a whole different world-sometimes it can be a stronger one.
    1712 days ago
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