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{PENNY}
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11/17/07 3:17 P

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These are both great ideas. Thanks! {p}


 


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11/16/07 11:33 A

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I am not always great about the water thing either but I have learned a trick that seems to help me get the amount I need. Whenever I eat a meal I make myself drink a glass (16oz) of water and when I have a snack I have a cup (8oz) of water. Sometimes it is more f a forced thing but it does help me feel fuller for longer. I hope that helps.


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KDCSMOM
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11/16/07 1:31 A

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Hi Penny,
Just returning from work myself and thought I'd cheer you along by echoing the other poster's cheer: you lost 6lbs!! Sorry I didn't acknowledge it first time round. Wow, that is great going.
It's important you don't feel like exercise is a chore especially if you're upping it. I was unsuccessful before with weight loss when I got frustrated with the repetitiveness and eventually learned that overall variety in diet, exercise etc was the key so keep it interesting and varied. This website is great for ongoing knowledge and suggestions as far as cardio, plateaus etc.
Here's how I handled the water situation... I don't really know if it's unhealthy (like some feel diet sugar substitutes are not the way to go) but I love the new individual packets of green tea by Nestea and other companies. Apparently you're adding a flavoured substance that might not necessarily be a "green tea" but it gives the water I drink a quality that I can stand. Over the course of the day I can easily tolerate 8 cups especially when I work out.
hope this helps.





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{PENNY}
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11/15/07 11:47 P

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I just returned from work and was able to review all of your suggestions. I see a very common thread regarding cardio. Since I only do cardio three times a week, I'll increase the frequency to see if it helps. I'm still working on the strength training, but I'll see what I can do to improve there as well.

I don't know how to add in the additional water. I've never been a big drinker of liquids in any form - so I always feel like I'm bloated. But I'll work on it.

I didn't think that sleep could be an issue. Like a lot of people I work and go to school, but last week was also my week to do the live-in caretaker thing with an elderly parent-in-law. Due to the closeness of finals and other responsibilities, I didn't get much sleep at all.

Thank you all, for all of your advise and assistance. {p}



Edited by: {PENNY} at: 11/15/2007 (23:50)

 
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LDADAR
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11/15/07 6:48 P

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Wow!!! You lost 6 pounds in 4 weeks! That's fabulous!

I went from drinking almost no water to getting my 8 cups by eliminating soda and carrying a large water bottle around all the time.


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11/15/07 1:51 P

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Hi all
I am on the -I wont be fat for Christmas this year diet. Guide lines:
eat and healthy and be done with it so I have time to workout. Don't do mindless eating while wrapping gifts or shopping. People don't need finger prints on gifts. Get rid of trigger foods that will cause stress. Pizza- I can't eat just 1slice so it has to go. I am going to treat myself to something the rest of the family doesn't like on pizza night. UMM Now your talking baked fish while I poison my family. I need a social life. Jazzercise is a social event in a way. Make time, get there and give her he)). We go out for coffee after class on Sat. AM. Black coffee W/ skim milk. Eat fresh. Stop practicing for that white elephant gift exchange when the body ask -"what is this and what am I to do with it?" I'm thinking get rid of it before it gets added to the rest of the junk I have hanging around.


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KDCSMOM
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11/15/07 12:28 P

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Oh forgot to mention one very important factor and one I found hardest would you believe....
drinking the water.
I finally took that "simple" challenge on when I heard that metabolism needs enough water to work efficiently and I certainly did not want to mess with that end of things:-)
I like seeing the common thread of cardio in here.
It really made such a difference for me before and I am ready to take it on again.
I too am coming off of a weight plateau.
Typical "I'm almost there" laziness/plateau.emoticon





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11/15/07 12:28 P

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It looks like our weight goals are similar, Penny. I've had weeks where I didn't lose at all and other weeks when I've gained a pound.

I don't really have an answer for you, but just wanted to let you know that's normal for a week to go by with no weight loss (albeit frustrating!) Don't get discouraged - just keep doing what you know is right.

I went the whole month of October and lost only one pound. Then I lost four in the first three weeks of November. Hang in there ;)

Wendy
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"I have achieved oneness with the road - Please dial 911 for me" - Unknown

"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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11/15/07 12:22 P

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I hear you. I've been on SP for eight weeks and have finally lost ten pounds. It seems like that took a long time!

It took me longer to gear up and establish good habits like exercising and tracking food everyday.

Two things that have really helped me get the scale to move is strength training and upping my cardio.

Do not underestimate strength training's effects. I strength train 3x/week. It's great. All my clothes fit looser and everything is easier to do (such as run up and down stairs).

Recently, I have really stepped up my cardio workouts too. In the last two weeks I've moved from 3 cardio workouts/week to 6/week. Each cardio workout is at least 30 minutes long. Most are longer.

Know that the scale WILL move! For some of us, it moves s-l-o-w-l-y...emoticon

"You cannot accept another with a hateful heart. You cannot hear the other with a closed mind. You cannot embrace with closed arms. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
--Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi


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KDCSMOM
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11/15/07 12:22 P

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The following is what really helped me lose weight post pregnancy, especially when I got stuck half way there:
Eat a healthy breakfast. Keep it varied to prevent boredom. I eat a different breakfast every day up to 7-8 days before repeating and not necessarily in the same pattern. Loads of breakfast suggestions in this website and you can modify it to your weaknesses and strengths metabolism-wise.
Eat 5 smaller meals a day. No need to go hungry. Boost those peckish moments with foods that satisfy yet don't comprimise your weight loss. Again, tons of snack suggestions here. Just keep your blood-sugars stable.
Stay away from eating your carb-heavy foods late in the evening.
Aerobic exercise any time during the week but I find mornings are better.
Cardio/weight training 3 times a week really helps burn the calories. Muscle burns more cals than fat and more muscle the better:-)
One more big change I made in my life was getting plenty more sleep. Instead of staying up late and getting "me" time in I try to do more "me" stuff during the day (even with a toddler it can be done and I work 24 hours outside the house second shift) and get to bed when the last child goes to bed at 10pm. When I work late, I let my husband do the early morning shift and I sleep late.
Sounds like you are almost there just (like me) have to finetune what you already have worked on.
Keep it up!!
I learned so much over the 2 years I have been here.






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ABHSLH
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11/15/07 11:15 A

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I too have been stuck at the same weight (140) but have toned up more and my clothes fit looser. I changed my workout and that has made the difference. I found that my cardio was definately lacking and now I do Tae Bo every other day. Although the scale is not moving, I am measuring my success on building and toning up muscle. I would still like to see the scale move!emoticon

Dios te bendiga! (God bless you!)

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MIRACULOUSMEDAL
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11/15/07 10:59 A

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It could possibly be that you're gaining muscles and losing fat. Also, one thing that you could try is to change your workout. Add cardio can be very helpful.

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01 Nov. measurements
Weight: 138
Waist: 32.4
Hips: 38.6
Neck: 13.9

Nov. 30 measurements

Weight: 132
Waist: 31.7
Hips: 38.4
Neck: 13.7
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{PENNY}
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11/15/07 10:40 A

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I've been with SparkPeople for about four weeks. I had a difficult time staying within calorie / fat ranges and exercising regularly the first week, but thankfully I am pretty much on track now. My biggest problem seems to be only 6-7 glasses of water a day and to few carbs. However, all of this week I haven't lost even half of a pound. Isn't it a little early to get stuck? At 5'1", the weight I have lost hasn't really shown much difference. BUT I am happy with the increased energy. Any suggestions on a jump start?


 
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