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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/23/08 10:01 A

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Wow! Thanks! I didn't know this even existed. I need to get back to tracking because when I track, I eat more fruits and veggies.

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2/22/08 1:58 P

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Go to Sparkrecipes.com. There is a recipe calculator there. Just add all the ingredients you put in your recipe, put in number of servings and the computer calculates all the nutritional info for you. You can then add your recipe to your meal planner for the day and then add it to your food favorites. I cook a lot from scratch too and this has been very helpful. The cool thing is that many people post their recipes so you can find some other new, healthy recipes. You can get to Sparkrecipes from the Healthy Lifestyle tab in Sparkpeople.

Edited by: MRSMANLEY at: 2/22/2008 (18:42)
Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion,
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Together we can reach our goals!




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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/22/08 10:49 A

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Thank you for all the positiveness. I really appreciate it and need a boost. I guess I'll go back to tracking everything I eat. It's a real pain because I cook a lot of things from scratch, so it's hard to figure out how many calories things are worth. For example, I ate my chili last night. Don't know how much that would be worth. What do you do in these situations?

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2/21/08 1:35 P

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JulieBully, keep up the good work. Eventually you will see the results you are looking for. Check out the thread on our team page entitled "Scale not moving". There are lots of us in the same place. Remember this is also about being healthy and your body is benefitting from your healthy habits.

To change your weight ticker, just go to "My Tools" on the Start page and click on "Weigh In". Enter your current weight and it will automatically adjust your ticker.

Don't be discouraged, you are doing great. You are exercising and many people have a difficult time developing that good habit. You can do this! Don't give up - you are being healthy!

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion,
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Together we can reach our goals!




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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/21/08 11:44 A

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So I took the water aerobic class and it was so much fun! I'm for sure going to do that again. I think I need to put the scale away, girls. It's just discouraging me. I worked all morning yesterday at a strenuous, physical job, then worked 3 hours at night last night as well. I thought I would stay the same or at even lose a pound, but instead I gained a pound! I have totally given up sweets (been 3 weeks now) and am not eating more than 1500 cal/day. I'm too exhausted to exercise today, so it's like I can't win! To be honest, I'm afraid to take my measurements, but I think that's a great suggestion and I'm going to have to face to facts. Also, how do we change our weight on the progress chart. I'm not 142, I'm 145!!!!!! URGH!

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2/16/08 4:16 P

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nods in agreement with mrsmanley.

to life!


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2/16/08 1:15 P

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I recommend selecting a day and weighing in only on that day, same time. I find that if I look at the scale every day, I am frustrated.

Another thing, if you haven't already, take your measurements and then measure once a month. It is really encouraging to see the inches come off even if the pounds aren't always coming off as quickly as you would like. After all, inches determine size and is actually what people see.

Do you track everything you eat?

Keep up the good work and you will see results.

By the way, I'm a CA girl too!

Edited by: MRSMANLEY at: 2/16/2008 (13:15)
Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion,
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Together we can reach our goals!




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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/16/08 10:49 A

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Mrs. Manley,
That is uncanny we are the same age. I think I am expecting immediate results because I weighed myself this morning thinking I would see a pound off, but I'm still the same. Need to be patient and keep going!

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2/16/08 1:18 A

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Good job about the elliptical!

I just noticed we are the same age too!


Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion,
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Together we can reach our goals!




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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/15/08 5:26 P

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It's so great to know there are people like me out there! My friends and family say the old,"You look fine, you don't need to lose weight". It's always difficult for those like us to get support when we don't have a lot of weight to lose. I did the elliptical today for 35 minutes today - and I feel better! We can do this!


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2/15/08 12:52 P

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Juliebully,

You and I are very similar in size. I am 5'3" and weigh 147. I understand the need to get down to the 120s. I feel the added weight in my joints as well. We can do this!!!

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion,
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Together we can reach our goals!




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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/15/08 12:41 P

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Whoops! Forgot to answer that question of eating enough. My typical day includes: 3 cups lowfat soymilk, 1 serving size cereal with fresh fruit, 1-2 additional fruits(apple, banana, pear, orange), lowfat cottage cheese or cheese stick, 1-2 servings of veggies(baby carrots, green beans, salad w/vinegar only, broccoli,) 3-4 oz. fish or other protein, accompanied with a small starch portion (no more than a cup. I pretty much eat small meals all day long. I have given up sweets entirely for lent. I'm not a bread or chip person. My biggest downfall is chocolate/ice cream, but I'm happy to say, I haven't eaten any like that for 10 days now. So, you can see why I would be frustrated! I eat really, really well. I also buy everything organic or fresh from the farmer's market. I just am so lazy when it comes to exercise!

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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/15/08 12:34 P

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Hey there, thanks for chatting. My goal is to lose 10 pounds by June 14th. This would bring me down to 133. I'm have not seen anything less than 140 on my scale for 2 years, with the exception of when I had the stomach flu - I went to 139. My goal is to have more energy and get ready for swimsuit season. I'll be 40 in 3 years, so my thoughts are,"Enough is enough, the time is now to change my life".

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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/15/08 12:30 P

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Nicole,
Thank you for this tip. I will try this for sure. My only challenge that I will have with this is that I'm a vegetarian, but maybe I will substitute veggie patties, tofu, beans, seitan for my protein. I ALWAYS notice a big change in my energy level and attitude when I eat more fruits and veggies.

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2/14/08 10:51 P

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hi juliebully, welcome back. our stats are very similar. what is your goal? are you eating enough?

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2/14/08 4:20 P

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Try this and see if it works, when I hit a plateau I go 2 weeks with no complex carbs. I load up on veggies and meat. no breads, pastas, rice, cereal, and for desserts I have berries, stawberries, blueberries, cherries and usually the scale starts moving in about 4-5 days. And on my desired path!!!

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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/14/08 1:29 P

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Hey there - I guess seeing no progress on the scale at all for the past two years doesn't make me feel like I've come that far at all. My height is 5 foot 2 and a half inches. Currently, I weigh 143. I know this is too much because my knees hurt (I dislocated one of them on my birthday 1 year ago). On my Wedding day,(10 years ago) I weighed 123 and only because I starved myself on Jenny Craig. On my honeymoon, I immediately gained 10 pounds, even after walking everywhere and watching every bite. After my second child, I hovered around 130 pounds - that felt great.But, as soon as I stopped nursing, I gained 12 pounds and walah, here I am today, no different than I was 4 years ago. As far as my exercise goes, I do the elliptical, sometimes for 45 minutes. When I walk I do that for 60 minutes, sometime I hike on a steep path for 60 minutes, I walk on the sand at the beach 60 minutes, I ride the bike at the gym 35 minutes, I've rollerbladed for 60 minutes, I've even done yoga for 90 minutes. I think I need to realize that exercise MUST become a part of my daily routine for me to see any progress. What I am doing right now is setting a goal to lose 10 pounds by June 14th. I am going on a trip where I'll be wearing a bathing suit and I want to be confident wearing it. Maybe after I lose the first 10, I'll assess whether I should keep going or not. At any rate, I know I'm overweight because when I sit I have two bulging rolls around my waist and frankly, with the way jeans are fitting nowadays, it's embarrassing and uncomfortable the way my fat hangs over!

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JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/14/08 1:16 P

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Dear Bonnita,
Thanks so much for your reply. For me, it's more about portion control and eating fruits and veggies. I have found that my body will "learn" how to survive on 1200-1500 cal/day and I therefore, will not lose any more weight. There is scientific evidence to back me up on this. Typically on any given day I eat 1500-1700 calories. My blood work also shows that I have perfect sodium, sugar, cholesterol, you name it. I have talked with my doc on this lots of times. He says it's very difficult for anyone to get the amazing blood tests that I have gotten. So, I know I'm eating well - it has to be my level of exercise.
I have exercised for 35 minutes on the stationary bike and 60 minutes walking on the sand at a quick pace already this week. I feel better already. So, I'm going to keep trying to get out there and do something every day. Thanks!

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2/13/08 8:51 P

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By who's scale do you need to lose 20 pounds? I always thought i did too, based on my height and weight, but the muscle mass tells me I'm lucky to drop 10 more and 15 I'll look unhealthy!!! Reavaluate where you are to know where u want to go! Dont be so hard on yourself. Maybe what exercise you are doing needs to change, or try cross training, walking, running, swimming and biking. Hang tough. You've come this far!!!!

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2/11/08 11:23 A

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Juliebully,

First, just exercising is not enough if you are not also cutting back calories, especially if you can only exercise 3 times a week. Also, it's not just about setting aside 30 minutes or an hour a day, it can be an all-day thing. For instance, I always park farther away from my destination (as long as it's safe) to walk, I use the bathroom on the third floor at work and take the stairs, I get up from my desk every hour and so and do some stretches, etc. There are always opportunities to get in a little exercise, and believe me it all adds up. Plus, are you keeping a journal of what you eat and how much you exercise. That also helps. Keep the faith.

JULIEBULLY Posts: 125
2/11/08 8:51 A

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Hi everyone,
I used to check in with you guys all the time, but I've really gotten off track. Need some support and advice. Last year, there was one point that I was exercising three days a week diligently. I did this for 6 months and saw no change in my weight. My doc said I need to exercise 5-6 times or everyday to see any results. I'm beginning to think he is right.
As usual, I'm still 20 pounds overweight, like I've been since 10 years old. Need some advice how to get in exercise every day w/o totally making myself sore and tired, which usually happens when I haven't exercised for a while.
Thanks!
juliebully

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