SHRINK71's SparkPeople Blog SHRINK71's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Input please? Especially from Fitbit users! OK... I have been really sticking to the plan and staying withing my goals for over a month now. For the past four weeks... nothing. Not exactly nothing. I amtrying to stay positive about feeling stronger and feeling like a look somewhat leaner... but the scale is just not budging. <BR> <em>225</em> <BR> Not happy with my scale. Even my body fat measurements are temperamental. Down one day, up the next, for a net total of.... NOTHING! <BR> So... This is what I did: <BR> 1) I notice ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:21:36 EST A re-boot? So soon? Yup! - Wish me luck! Encouragement appreciated! OK... Today I began re-boot. <BR> For whatever reason I have been stuck. I was trying to stay positive with my "Daily Victories" blogs and by reading lots of articles that would explain my body's not responding to my efforts... but it got to me. <BR> I gave myself the first half of the weekend off. I did not log my food on Saturday night as I usually do... and I also ate what I wanted without thinking too much about it. <BR> I just needed that break. Also, I really have not been feeling s... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:35:53 EST Daily........ Whatever: 1/30 I think I am done believing that my body wants to lose weight. <BR> I am doing everything right. <BR> I am just not losing. <BR> I'm down 2 pound one day. <BR> Up the next. <BR> The way I'm eating and exercising now is healthy, so I'll keep doing it but.... <BR> Whatever. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:51:16 EST Daily Victories: 1/29 Water!!! <BR> I drank over 3 liters of water while at work today. If I couldn't get exercise I was at least going to re-hydrate my body from the week of intense exercise prior to today. <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:32:30 EST Daily Victories: 1/28 Staying on track and keeping with the program. <BR> Did Pilates this morning and heading out for Zumba tonight so I had some carbs with my dinner - Made a really yummy pasta bolognese! <BR> Plan for the rest of the evening? Zumba, shower, bed! Maybe some hot lemon tea... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:41:56 EST Daily Victories: 1/27 OK... THIS is the news I like in the morning!!! <BR> <BR> Weight: down 1.5 pounds since yesterday <BR> Pounds lean: up 0.2 since yesterday <BR> Pounds body fat: down 1.7 pounds since yesterday. <BR> <BR> I hope this is the beginning of a nice trend. I have not had what I consider a real loss in a while, and these are the best numbers the scale has given me in quite a while. <BR> This definitely points to a trend that I am doing something right!!! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:52:51 EST Daily Victories: 1/26 So... My weight (the number on the scale) is not really budging... I am chalking that up to my increased exercise which, according to everything I've read, can take the body up to 4-6 weeks to get acclimated to. <BR> BUT: <BR> 1) My body fat percentage is going down very consistently - even if slowly. <BR> 2) My clothing feels looser. <BR> 3) When I look in the mirror I actually SEE a difference. <BR> <BR> The number will have to catch up eventually, but I am definitely seeing progress!!! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:26:23 EST Daily Victories: 1/25 It would have been very easy to have just been complacent with my morning Zumba class and log 60 minutes of exercise for the day... But I was not! <BR> I stayed in my gross workout clothing while I was doing my household chores so that I would not neglect that 60 minutes on the treadmill I planned for! <BR> DONE! <BR> Now to get out of these gross workout clothing and shower!!!! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:13:18 EST Daily Victories: 1/24 Today I had a much needed rest day. Went to bed at 8:00 last night and woke up at 7:00... Then lazed around in bed with some books and magazines watching the snow fall outside. <BR> It was wonderful!!!! <BR> Everyone should take a pajama day every once in a while. <BR> Then I got out and shoveled the snow this evening... Had to be done and I'm somewhat of a perfectionist about the shoveling so I like to do it myself. Got in some good exercise too - and different from my usual exercise routi... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:21:53 EST Daily Victories: 1/23 WooHoo!!!! <BR> I am down 0.7 pounds since last Friday!!!! <BR> I was hoping it would be down this morning since I really stuck to my plan over vacation... but I was doubtful... After a four hour plane ride yesterday afternoon, and an intense Zumba class at 8:30 last night, my fingers were somewhat bloated today. Rings were a bit tighter, etc. The water retention could have created a scenario where I would not show a loss even if there was one. <BR> NOPE!!! <BR> I will absolutely take a 0.... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:04:26 EST Daily (Weekly?) Victories: 1/22 WooHoo!!! <BR> Back from a wonderful quick vacation in Puerto Plata, and managed to stick to my eating plan and daily goals even while on an all-inclusive resort!!! <BR> THAT is a HUGE victory!!!!!!! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:06:36 EST Daily Victories: 1/16 - and a note to my fellow Daisies Thank you Chalene Johnson!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=why_the_scale_goes_up_when_you_star<BR>t_a_new_workout_plan </link> <BR> <BR> This article on Spark made me feel a LOT better about my current numbers on the scale... Yes... I know all of this already... I just need to find one new article every day to confirm that knowledge. <BR> I have definitely increased my workouts. I've been doing Zumba for a while, but over the holiday season there were a LO... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:10:41 EST Daily ...Victories? 1/15 OK. Not feeling so victorious this morning. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> Yes... I know that my rings are tight so I am retaining water - but the amount of water I drank yesterday should have been enough to balance my sodium levels. <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> Yes... I did an intense Zumba class last night from 7:30-8:30 once again - but I drank at least 64 oz. of water JUST in the 1.5 hours surrounding that class! <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> Yes, I had a hamburger and some sweet potato fries for... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:05:03 EST Daily Victories: 1/14 So... Yesterday Spark congratulated me on a 1.5 pound loss. <BR> This morning I am up 2.5 pounds from yesterday... <BR> It is all tracked because I have a Fitbit Aria scale that does it all automatically. <BR> I've been doing everything right. <BR> I'm eating well. <BR> I'm exercising well. <BR> There must be an explanation, right? <BR> I FOUND ONE! <BR> On I found an article entitled, Why Do I Weigh More on the Scale Today Even After Exercising?, by Pam Murphy. She says, "Exe... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:35:21 EST Daily Victories: 1/12 so I've decided that the way to solve my calorie dilemma of constantly being under is to eat clementines for the extra calories I need. They are so yummy and at 35 calories a pop I can eat them throughout the day and get in those extra calories in a healthy, vitamin packed bundle of yumminess!!! Victory is mine! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:05:35 EST Daily Victories: 1/11... and other ramblings The victory for today is another no-gain weekend.... According to my scale I even lost fat and gained muscle!!! Yay!!! <BR> <BR> Now to other ramblings... <BR> So I am thinking about our upcoming family vacation... I am a bit daunted by the fact that this year we have booked an all-inclusive resort for the first time. Because of family dietary restrictions, there is only one restaurant on the resort in which we can eat... which is GREAT! We have never booked one before because there was ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:46:00 EST Daily Victories: 1/10 Today was bitter cold... I mean truly brutal... <BR> It was the kind of day where I just wanted to curl up at home with a good book... which I did for much of the day... BUT <BR> I managed to brave the weather for a brisk 20 minute walk outside. <BR> That hot tea afterward felt soooo good! Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:50:38 EST Daily Victories: 1/9 I didn't want to blog today because I wasn't feeling very "victorious" <BR> I guess the fact that I have committed to writing a daily victories blog and I am not letting it slide is my victory today. <BR> Any advice on my previous blog would be VERY much appreciated.... <BR> Thanks!!! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:44:59 EST Advice please... Can eating too little really be the reason??? OK... I've been keeping my "Daily Victories" blog in order to stay positive and focused on my achievements... Today I'm having a "moment" <BR> <BR> - I've been logging my food. <BR> - I've been exercising. <BR> - I've been getting as much sleep as possible.... never fewer than 6 hours a night and often over 7. At ties close to 8. <BR> - I've been drinking my water... Mind you - I only count water and decaf tea (unsweetened) as water. Not any other beverages. Often more than the recomm... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 07:46:13 EST Daily Victories: 1/8 OK... Today I am focused on the scale... <BR> My victory is keeping my head on straight and realizing that my saily weight fluctuations on the scale do NOT mean that my plan is "not working!" <BR> <BR> They just mean: <BR> 1) Maybe I didn't get in enough water yesterday <BR> 2) I worked out pretty hard yesterday so my muscles are swollen <BR> 3) Water retention <BR> 4) Remember... My body fat calculator estimates a loss even though my weight is up. <BR> <BR> Keeping with the plan and r... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:08:28 EST Daily Victories: 1/7 So today, for the first time since starting back on Spark, I am struggling with temptation... Not GIVING IN to it... Just struggling with it. <BR> You see, for my older kids, this is the week of mid year exams. That means they have friends over to study. That means they want "study food" <BR> Now, why study food cannot be carrots, hummus, whole wheat pasta salads, etc. is not the point... Anyone who's suffered through exam week knows that study food means "high sugar quick energy I don't wa... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:11:25 EST Daily Victories: 1/6 Today's victory was just keeping with the program... <BR> That is really all it needs to be sometimes! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 19:09:29 EST Daily Victories: 1/5 So... It's cold outside. Like 31 and windy cold... <BR> BUT: <BR> It's only getting colder <BR> I will be at work from 1:00-10PM today... Sitting in a chair that whole time practically. <BR> <BR> So I walked. Not on my treadmill, but outside, by the lake... 3.5 miles. <BR> Was really wonderful and invigorating! <BR> The rest of the week can be treadmill walking, but I so much prefer walking outdoors, even in the cold. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:11:22 EST Daily Victories: 1/4 I just joined the Daisies!!!! <BR> This is my favorite challenge... and the only one I participate in anymore. The 5% challenge is very attainable and has a great community of dedicated motivators. <BR> I completed my pre-challenge set-up and am ready to go come This weekend!!!! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:11:04 EST Daily Victories: 1/3 OK... I updated my goals to reflect my interim goal of losing 5% of my body weight for the Winter 5% Challenge. <BR> I never wanted to do this because I don't want to stop at only losing that 5%... but I realize that having interim goals met is a great way of pacing myself on this journey. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:41:01 EST Daily Victories: 1/2 WooHoo!!!!!! <BR> Down 5 pounds since starting back on Spark!!! <BR> I know that this will be up a bit after the weekend, but as long as my Friday weigh-ins are consistently down (and I am down one pound since last Friday) I am great!!! <BR> Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:38:09 EST Daily Victories: 1/1 So it's the start of A new year... You know what? I am happy to say that it is just another day on track for me. <BR> I did not wait until the New Year to start achieving my goals... Frankly, I've always thought that resolutions to oneself that are solely formed on the basis of time are rather silly. <BR> I resolved to take good care of myself a while ago and I've been doing it. <BR> Make your own resolutions when you are READY to make them. Emotionally, psychologically, and mentally ready.... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:39:00 EST Daily Victories: 12/31 So I woke up this morning weighing 2 pounds more than yesterday.... WHAT!?!?! <BR> I looked at the facts: <BR> 1) I was actually under my calorie range (but over 1500 calories, so that is fine in my book) <BR> 2) I had 8 glasses of water (Hmmmmm.... I usually have more than 8, and I really just squeezed that 8 in) <BR> 3) I went to an intense Zumba class last night where I was literally dripping with sweat. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking: <BR> 1) I didn't drink as much water as I usually do <BR> ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 07:11:48 EST Daily Victories: 12/30 Today was busy. It was one of those days when I could have easily found excuses to not eat well and to skip exercise. <BR> NOT!!! <BR> Even though my car was in the shop, I called upon my very reliable and generous SIL who was gracious enough to give me a ride to zumba so I wouldn't miss it. <BR> Had no time to cook - but had DH stop at the supermarket to bring home rotisserie chickens. I threw together a salad and that was family dinner! Everyone enjoyed and it was much better than tradit... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:49:14 EST Daily Victories: 12/29 Got my walk in before work... Staying focused is the key to success for me. Also joined the Winter 5% challenge!!! Looking forward! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:42:13 EST Daily Victories: 12/28 OK... My weight was up almost two pounds this morning and I honestly have no clue how that happened BUT: <BR> Keeping it in perspective and not letting it derail me. <BR> Went to Zumba. <BR> Staying on track and keeping my eye on the present and future. <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:03:06 EST Daily Victories: 12/27 Was very mindful even though I was offline all day. Went for a walk. Did not over-eat. Just logged all the food I ate and am withing my limits. <BR> Putting my fitbit on now and planning on success for the rest of today! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 17:54:49 EST Daily Victories: 12/26 Planed all my food for tonight. Given that I am offline from Friday evening to Saturday night it is easy for me to slide... Having pre-logged and planned my food for tonight I am setting myself up to succeed all weekend!!! Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:48:06 EST Daily Victories: Starting Anew Today's Victory: <BR> I have begun my 4th day Sparking again. I completed 3 Spark-days successfully. <BR> My re-commitment to myself has begun!!!!! Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:52:11 EST Daily Victory - 7/31 I went out for dinner this evening with a very good friend. <BR> We planned this dinner in June and I have really been looking forward to it. <BR> We went to one of my favorite restaurants. <BR> I planned in advance and ate exactly what I wanted... and made very healthy choices even so: <BR> Appetizer: Roasted Beet salad <BR> Main: Prime filet. Substituted the potatoes for mushrooms and onions. Side of haricots verts. <BR> Dessert: Warm apple crisp. <BR> Total calories: 790 (according... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:48:16 EST Daily Victory - 7/30 I am all alone in the house this week... <BR> Instead of staying home last night and just chilling I decided to go to a second Zumba class! 2 classes in one day! <BR> It was awesome!!! <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:19:02 EST Daily Victory 7/29 I was determined and got in over 12,000 steps by 11:00am!!! <BR> Now I can go off to work knowing I got my burn! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:03:52 EST Daily Victory 7/29 I was determined and got in over 12,000 steps by 11:00am!!! <BR> Now I can go off to work knowing I got my burn! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:03:25 EST Daily Victory - 7/28 I just finished freezing all the cake and pastries I had leftover from my family weekend... as in 23 people for lunch Saturday and 12 sleeping over for the weekend... <BR> <BR> Usually I would just let it sit around until I got too tempted and ate it and then threw the rest away. <BR> Now I have cake and pastry frozen for the next time I have company! <BR> <BR> Victory!!!! <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:41:22 EST The last few weeks.... Hi all! <BR> First I want to thank you all for your supportive comments over the couple of weeks I have been MIA. I went to that place in my head again where i just got a huge case of the "F#@%its" <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> Not a great place for me. <BR> After switching my diet to one higher in sodium, my weight crept up a bit. Them I injured my shoulder... Pinched nerve... and was told NO EXERCISE!!! Nada. None. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> With any kind of nerve issue, it's not just about... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:57:39 EST My new high sodium diet... I KNOW!!!!!!! So... as per Dr's orders... I am now on a higher sodium diet. <BR> My low blood pressure... while a very good thing... has predisposed me to fainting throughout my entire life. I have been able to manage it without fainting for a very long time, and while managing my asthma have been relatively OK. <BR> But this summer the weather has got me. When I worked out this week, for example, I had to leave the cardio floor twice to lie down and put my legs up... <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> NOT good!!... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 18:59:15 EST It's been a long time!!! Interim update.... Hi everyone! <BR> Yes... I have been majorly MIA for the past two weeks. Between my DDs graduation from middle school, all the kids home and needing to get ready for camp (yes... they are all going away for the summer to various sleep-over camps - I will have no children at home for 6 weeks and then they begin to return...), championship sports games (WE WON!!!!! My older son's basketball team), and the like... not to mention work and laundry and all those things..... I have had NO time to ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:02:31 EST Losing inches!!! OK... So on May 5 I decided to take my measurements for the first time. I was always anti the whole measurement thing... It just seemed like such a hassle. <BR> I also always felt there was so much room for human error! I mean, if you move the measuring tape the smallest bit you get a different measurement! <BR> But I did it anyway. <BR> I said I would measure every month on the 5th. <BR> Today is the 5th. I measured... <BR> <em>7</em> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I am down a total of 3.5... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:31:57 EST Keeping the momentum going... OK. <BR> I am officially in the zone. <BR> I am motivated. <BR> I am determined. <BR> I am positive. <BR> ... I am a little scared. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I have been in the zone before. It is great and I always feel like I could just do this forever! It almost gets "easy." Then somehow it stops. Usually right after I get just below 170. <BR> I am really fearful that I will just let that happen again. <BR> SO: <BR> What am I doing differently this time? <BR> 1) My calorie ranges are M... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:36:27 EST I did it!!!! <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> I am out of the 180s!!!!! <BR> I was nervous for my weigh in this morning. I know my numbers have been good all week. I have been getting in all my scheduled exercise, and have been within my calorie ranges... but I was nervous. <BR> With the heat & humidity since yesterday, I woke up a little sweaty... and even though I have been getting in all my water, and keeping within my ranges for sodium, I still felt a little bloated. <BR> Feeling bloated on the ... Fri, 31 May 2013 07:30:54 EST Staying Positive... OK. I know I have been doing what I need to do. <BR> I am consistently in range with calories (and most nutrients... sometimes low on magnesium, but that's OK) <BR> I have been doing great with exercise and have added Zumba-toning to my workout regimen for some more strength training. Not the Zumba I love, but it is what my body needs. <BR> I see the changes in my body - my abs are really beginning to look great and my 6-pack is starting to show - I carry most of my weight in my hips and th... Thu, 30 May 2013 07:19:18 EST Still loving my fitbit! So, even with having to sit for 6 hours at work, and painting all morning, I knew I would be upset if I disappointed my fitbit again today... So I got those steps in! <BR> Wearing the fitbit is an automatic reminder of the following: <BR> 1) Get up and move! <BR> 2) Don't be lazy! <BR> 3) Every step counts! Yes - my fitbit knows when I park farther from the supermarket entrance... and awards me those fitness points! <BR> 4) The more you move the more you can eat! It adds calories as it ... Mon, 27 May 2013 21:48:17 EST So far the weekend is a success!!! OK - When I weigh in Sunday morning already less than I weighed in on Friday - I am SO happy!!! Shabbat did not present a challenge I could not handle - nor did I feel deprived! <BR> I have been having one (full sized) piece of my homemade Challah every week, and I have been serving fresh fruit as dessert for the whole family. No one is complaining. No one is even asking for cake or cookies! <BR> Success! <BR> Today has been hectic. Older DS Baskeball game this morning, younger DS Basebal... Sun, 26 May 2013 17:38:54 EST Another day on track! OK... Thursday is over and I have, once again, met all my fitbit goals. <BR> Yes!!! <BR> I am feeling it. <BR> This is when I start to get nervous. I am starting to feel slimmer (hope the scale agrees with me.) <BR> <BR> When I feel this way it has often, in the past, sent me into anxious-self sabotage mode... It's like my body says,"Who do you think you are getting all slim and fit? Go eat something!" <BR> <BR> I will beat it this time around. <BR> No excuses. <BR> Just get it done. Thu, 23 May 2013 22:46:36 EST Busy Wednesday... OK... I am officially out of laundry purgatory. <BR> Given the holiday last week, I was a week behind on laundry. A family of 5 with a dog and a lot of physical activities (basketball, baseball, dance - multiple times in a week) creates a LOT of laundry!!!! <BR> So today my goal was to finish! <BR> I am almost done and see the light at the end of the tunnel! WooHoo!!! In doing so I climbed 20 flights of stairs (added bonus!) and managed to curb my snacking in between loads through sheer w... Wed, 22 May 2013 17:05:21 EST