STRONG-FIT-GIRL's SparkPeople Blog STRONG-FIT-GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What I've Learned In my last blog I confessed to having lost just over 130 pounds and regaining 100 of it - all within a matter of months. This is what I've learned from the experience: <BR> <BR> *if you under eat for months on end your body is going to rebel at some point and demand to be fed. you are probably going to want to eat A LOT <BR> <BR> *over 2 hours of cardio every day (with no strength training) during (and only during) the weight loss phase is not the way to go. it is difficult to maintain tha... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 05:06:07 EST I've regained 100+ lbs. An Update I was totally in control. <BR> I lost 133 pounds in 16 months. <BR> I was tracking consistently. <BR> I was exercising consistently. <BR> I was doing all the right things. <BR> <BR> Ok. Maybe I wasn't. <BR> I was under eating. <BR> Over exercising. <BR> Was not taking my medications <BR> to manage my mental health. <BR> <BR> So here I am <BR> just 30 pounds away from where I started. <BR> <BR> What do I do now? <BR> Part of me feels too defeated to restart. <BR> Another part of me knows th... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:42:46 EST The plan I know how to lose weight, I just am not doing what I know I should do. <BR> <BR> Since I asked for accountability partners for exercise a few weeks ago I am back in the habit of exercising 5 times (or more) each week. (Thank you accountability partners!) <BR> <BR> Perhaps instead of thinking I need to do a major overhaul on my eating plan, I should attempt to change one more bad habit. Currently, eating chips and chocolate most days of the week is one of my biggest stumbling blocks. (I'm ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 00:34:54 EST Exercise Accountablity Partner Needed (short-term). I LOVE to walk. <BR> <BR> I easily walk 2 plus hours every day during spring, summer and fall, <BR> not to burn calories or improve health, which it does, <BR> but for the PURE JOY of moving my body in the fresh air. <BR> <BR> This winter (more than most winters), I am struggling to get in any fitness whatsoever. <BR> <BR> Anyone willing to encourage and hold me accountable through daily emails for the next 4 weeks? I will do the same for you in whatever your primary goal is. <BR> (We can ... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 11:22:07 EST I Am More Than My Weight Shocking. <BR> <BR> It took a spark friend to point this out to me. <BR> <BR> Lately my recent weight gain has been all I can think about and has become the full sum of who I am. After she pointed out to me that I am more than my weight, I realized that it is kind of silly and pretty sad that I have let it come to this. I have negated the fact that I am a caring friend, a loving auntie, my kitty's mommy, a good neighbour, a daughter, a sister, a member of a church and a contributing and su... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:55:30 EST Hope? Thank you to everyone who responded to last night's blog. <BR> <BR> I have been feeling REALLY BAD about gaining, esp hitting the 200 mark again, SO BAD that I was wondering if I could go on. I called the crisis line and between that and some other services we worked out a plan: <BR> <BR> 1) I'm going to call my doctor and rule out any medical conditions that could be causing rapid weight gain. <BR> 2) I'm going to have my meds reassessed. <BR> <BR> If there is no medical explanation and I... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 09:08:33 EST HELP! Night weight is 200.5 pounds. <BR> Feel hopeless. <BR> Will access my local crisis resources for support and blog again when I pull myself together. <BR> If anyone reads this, PLEASE don't tell me how to lose weight or that I "can do it." <BR> It will just make me feel worse. <BR> Just send hugs. <BR> Hugs and prayers are even better. <BR> Thanks. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 23:07:37 EST I could cry about my weight gain OR... I woke up this morning and weighed in at 195! What a shock! In July I weighed 178, so in 3 months I have gained 17 pounds! My first thought was "I could just cry." My second thought was "I could cry OR I can do something about it." <BR> <BR> How did this happen? I could blame it on the meds but they are only part of the story. I have been choosing fatty and sweet foods in quantities larger than my body needs. <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do to lose weight. Most of us know how to eat to ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:27:14 EST Wk 6: Being Awarded A Motivator Is Bittersweet Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me. I wish I was on track at this time of receiving the award. I'm not losing weight but I AM maintaining despite the effects of the medication I'm on. <BR> <BR> I thought by setting 7 simple 6-week goals that I would be motivated and be able to stick to them but I think when you are struggling with depression you have to go about it in a different way...I just haven't figured out how. I believe with depression healthy eating is even more importan... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:17:19 EST Week 2 Progress - I Wish I could tame this Eating Beast My goals are great but I am REALLY STRUGGLING sticking to them. This week I gained 9 pounds. The days I did manage to track my food I can see where the problem is: I have been going on almost daily binges (often 3000 calories plus a day) that my 2 hours of daily exercise is not enough to compensate for. <BR> <BR> I think I may have had binges to some extent all along but I was compensating with exercise and restriction before and now I am no longer restricting. I wish I could tame this ea... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 09:14:04 EST First Progress Blog I have a 6 week plan and have only been working on it for 3 days but here is the first progress report. <BR> <BR> 1. get in 20 grams of protein at each meal <BR> -met Wednesday and Friday, I did not record Thursday <BR> <BR> 2. eat at least one fruit or vegetable every meal <BR> - met Wednesday and Friday <BR> <BR> 3. read 15 minutes of motivational material daily <BR> - met all 3 days <BR> <BR> 4. weigh myself Friday and Friday only and only once. <BR> - did wait until Friday, a majo... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 01:17:48 EST Goals for Next 6 Weeks These are going to sound really basic but my eating and lifestyle has been really out off centre. <BR> <BR> 1. Get in 20 grams of protein at each meal <BR> <BR> 2. Eat at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal <BR> <BR> 3. Read 15 minutes of motivational material daily <BR> <BR> 4. Weigh myself Fridays only and only once. <BR> <BR> 5. Track food. <BR> <BR> 6. Stay within 1200-1550 calories per day. <BR> <BR> 7. Write a short blog Friday nights - good or bad - on my progress. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:55:23 EST