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I'm having a great day. I met a friend for lunch and got the black bean burger with guac. I didn't eat the chips on the side.
I'm feeling like I should get busy and do some sort of upper body workout today. SO hard to be motivated after having to cool it for so long. I do have a lazy side to me. I tell myself that it's all right if I don't work out as long as I keep my calories down. But I know not exercising is really not an option, for good physical and mental health. Why is it so hard to listen to that reasoning?
Maintaining since Jan 8, 2012
*Any exercise is better than no exercise!*
"...there is something you must always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think..."
-Quote from Pooh to Christopher Robin
Hello everyone! I got in a great workout yesterday, but then went home and ate too many snack foods. However, my weight stayed the same, so I'm trying to forgive myself and move on. Today I have a busy schedule that includes a workout and hopefully less eating than yesterday. My body doesn't appreciate the overindulging!
"Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live." - Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
Great job at your holiday party, too. I'm more like Oneweigh... I would have been too shy to socialize much and most likely would have snacked too much because of it. I have tricks up my sleeves for events like that. Lots of water and the I spy game. I spy the healthy table and stand by it for comfort. Or, I spy the fitness guru and attempt a workout conversation.
Once again, last night I snacked too much. I need new tricks and I'm going to freshen them up tonight and form a rock solid list. I love lists!
Great men are said to have four things in common: they speak softly, have a capacity for hard work, a deep conviction for their cause, and a consuming belief in their ability to do it.
John D. Hess, Writer
Central Time Zone
Maree, congratulations on maintaining.
I have been maintaining my goal for thirteen months, but since then, I have let the scale creep up a few pounds and I’m not happy about it. I need to make some changes again. Back to paying attention. Back to planning my meals ahead of time and to exercising more. So I will go grab a cup of coffee and plan a perfect food and exercise day today.
Earnie - Monteagle, TN
“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” -John O'Donohue
If something is holding us back, today is the day to begin to push back. Today is always the best day to end the fears and begin being the best you.
At the end of every road there is something worth seeing.
Great day food-wise yesterday- I even had pizza...although I'm definitely to the point in my life where that's not really the treat it once was. I prefer "cleaner" food choices, and I'm definitely more satisfied with a plate of veggies, lean protein and whole grain.
Looking forward to the weekend- might take my son to see Lincoln- we'll see what our schedule allows for- we have lots of leaves to rake for his class fund raiser:)
@Jane-Ugly Sweater 5K...that sounds like a hoot! I'd be afraid of getting too hot running in a sweater though :)
Highest weight: 248 August 2010
Reached goal weight of 148 Feb 23, 2012
10/1/14-Gained back 50-peeling it off!
Good job Maree on your party behavior! I get a little shy at parties sometimes and tend to eat more to have something to do. I went over on calories yesterday because I felt the need to finish off a bottle of eggnog (only 1 serving, but way high in calories) before dinner and dinner wasn't very satisfying so I had to have a serving of cookies for dessert.
Maree - on achieving your maintenance anniversary!!
Catmagnet - on the running achievement. Having a group to run with I'm sure is a great advantage!
I did some unplanned snacking after work yesterday, so I backed off on dinner. My weight is staying the same, so it worked. I was also able to enjoy a short run outside in the afternoon.
Tonight we will be going to a "harvest of thanksgiving" dinner. They serve the basic thanksgiving meal with a buffet of salads and desserts. My plan is to have some turkey and mashed potatoes (no gravy), look for a good veggie salad and skip the dessert. I'll have a dessert of my own baked apple when I get home.
Have a great day, everyone!
Ever pressing on to be consistently persistent/persistently consistent
What feels like a sacrifice now will feel like an investment later on. -Andy Stanley "The Principle of the Path"
Healthy eating and exercise are my refuge, my sacrifice in an investment.
Unless our heart gets a passion for the new lifestyle we have created, it won't change who we are, just what we do. - Judy Brower in Simple Devotion
Yesterday was another dud, but I'm putting it past me and movin' on :)
Today I'm not going to let myself fizzle out as soon as I get home from work, I WILL hit the gym before dinner.
I have a scale that measures body fat% and water% and I think it's so helpful! I think I got for $20 at walmart about 5 years ago. But just keep in mind that scales only measure your body fat from your bottom half, so depending on your body type it could be overestimated or underestimated. I happen to like that since my bottom half is where all my fat seems to go anyways :P
Congrats, Maree! That's fantastic!
I've decided that I need to lay off the scale for a wee bit, so it's in the bathroom closet, not to see the light of day until next Friday morning (the 23rd). It's been my friend and companion for the past 10+ months, but now that I've hit a plateau, I realize that I need to focus more on the process and enjoying that instead of seeking the daily gratification of the scale going down.
I also had my first run with the running group I joined, and it definitely paid off. Not only do I feel safer, now that I'm with a group that early in the morning, I ran 6.2 miles in 62 minutes! That's the quickest I've run that distance EVER! I'm looking forward to Tuesday's run with the group to see how I do. :)
I also signed up for another 5k race coming up in December: The Ugly Sweater 5k Fun Run. I wear an ugly sweater, don a fake moustache, can do sledding at each mile marker as well as down some hot chocolate if I want to, and Sam Adams will be flowing freely after the run. Granted, I probably will stick to the ugly sweater, running and fake moustache, but it sounds like a lot of fun to get some extra miles in that day.
Tonight, I'm going out with friends to a Home Depot thingy that sounds like fun, and it will be nice to see them again...it's been a while.
Camp Good Grief 5k 2012 - 31:50
Gobble Wobble 5k 2012 - 30:00
Turkey Trot 4 Mile Race 2012 - 38:38
Ugly Sweater 5k Fun Run 2012 - 27:19
Move-It Memphis 10K 2013 - 55:36
Germantown Half Marathon - 2:08:53
FedEx St. Jude Classic Fairway 5k - 4/13/2013
Pittsburgh Half-Marathon - 5/5/2013
A scale that measures body fat would sure be easier than those dang calipers.
I don't honestly remember when I hit what I consider maintenance--the point past which my weight no longer rose above 132 or so--but I'm pretty sure it was 7 years ago. And if I hadn't joined Spark three years later and caught myself before a weight upswing, I'm pretty sure it would be an even shorter time! Funny how all these anniversaries (maintenance, quitting smoking, and joining Spark) are right around Thanksgiving.
"Awareness is all."
"Letting go is much harder than fighting."
"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."
“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr
I think I'm going to ask for a scale that measures body fat % for Christmas. I know it's not hugely accurate, but it should allow me to see trends at least.
Yesterday was pretty good, although I was a little snacky. I hope to rein that in today.
Have a great day, lovely SparkFriends!
~Christie in NC
Highest weight: 251
Maintenance weight: 138
Over 110 pounds gone for good!
congratulations on 17 months of maintenance, maree! yesterday was three months of maintenance (five since i hit my first goal) for me. it feels like a bit of a struggle right now, but i'm hanging in. beautiful sunshine yesterday and we went for a 4 mile walk in the morning. most of the snow melted. added another half mile just as the sun was disappearing. nutrition fair, weight this morning acceptable.
have a good one!
live every day so the border collie is happy for a good, active life!
"i run because i can" coach nicole!
"I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far." john bingham
"Right here, right now, right choice" cannie50!
PNW time zone
+3 hours difference from EST
SW march 25: 123
GOAL met may 15: 111.0
GOAL met june 11: 108
GOAL met august 13, 2012: 103
maintenance goal: 105
Good morning! I'm noting 17 mos. of maintaining goal today. I got a new WW scale on sale and am kinda excited to measure fat %, have BMI calculated, and hopefully an accurate and consistent way to keep track of my weight. I had my first holiday party last night, one glass white wine and just 4 bites to eat, focusing instead on conversations with people. Nutrition and fitness on track, but a high stress day. I gave myself a pat on the back for resisting the urge to comfort myself with food. Hope everyone has a great day!