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3/24/12 5:06 P

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I was doing so well in my weight loss efforts and really seeing results. Two months of hospitals, lack of activity, lack of sleep, and fast food have taken their toll on my health, weight loss goals, energy, and spirit. This challenge ended up being a big bust for me....I regained 5 pounds that I had lost.

I will not give up though!!! I am yet again setting new goals for myself but have to be realistic. My situation is still not good and I have to set goals that are on the lower end of the scale otherwise I will be setting myself up for failure. Right now, I would be thrilled to get back to where I was before my mother's illness and then look further down the road. So, I am going to set up a new challenge that will hopefully set me up for success. I have to regain some control in my life and be healthier not only for myself but for my mother because she needs me so much right now.

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



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 current weight: 270.0 
 
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2/2/12 12:47 P

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The hospital food has finally caught up with me. I have gained two pounds. I am not giving up though. I am settling into a routine of work, hospital, home to prepare food to pack with me to work and hospital, and sleep....then do it again the next day....weekends are totally spent at the hospital when I am not sleeping. Unfortunately, I am sitting most of the time. The extent of my exercise is walking in and out the building at work or in the hospital. I hope things change for the better soon, but I will do whatever is necessary because my mother needs me right now....I am exhausted!!!

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
Goal Weight: 150


 current weight: 270.0 
 
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1/24/12 10:57 A

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I have been so busy with my mother and work that I did not post my weigh-in on Sunday. I am down another 4 pounds for last week. I don't know how since I was at the hospital so much. I will start working on exercise and be more diligent about posting meals once things are back to normal.

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
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 current weight: 270.0 
 
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1/16/12 10:20 P

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I forgot to post my weigh-in yesterday. I am down another two pounds!

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
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 current weight: 270.0 
 
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1/10/12 10:32 A

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I knew I was retaining some fluid. Down another 2 pounds this morning. Yea!!!

Edited by: DEBBIE84 at: 1/10/2012 (10:33)
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
Goal Weight: 150


 current weight: 270.0 
 
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1/9/12 12:47 P

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I only lost one pound this past week but I am sure I am retaining some fluid right now and I have also been off for Christmas break so I have not been as active as usual....my main activity was walking to the bathroom from my recliner a few times a day. I went back to work last Friday so my activity level has increased. I have highter expectations of myself for next Sunday's weigh-in!

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
Goal Weight: 150


 current weight: 270.0 
 
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1/7/12 11:55 P

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Weigh-in tomorrow. I don't have high expectations though...we will see. Even though I don't have that time of the month too often anymore, I am currently having some symptoms of it, like retaining fluid. This too shall pass. lol

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
Goal Weight: 150


 current weight: 270.0 
 
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1/4/12 8:26 P

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Sounds like a good plan Lisa. I too will be eating a lot of salads.....going easy on the dressing though. Boiled eggs are my best friend as they are low calorie, good, no carb/wheat, will keep a week in the fridge and are a fast easy breakfast when I am rushing out the door in the mornings. lol I do hope the wheat free helps your joints and other health issues as much as it has helped me. Good luck...we will know in a couple of weeks. :)

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
Goal Weight: 150


 current weight: 270.0 
 
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1/4/12 8:18 P

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Sounds like an awesome plan, Debbie! Thanks so much for setting this down for us.

I think the plan is sound and doable!

1. My weight loss goal will be 12 pounds by Valentines, hoping for more.

2. My calorie range will be 1200 to 1600.
For my eating plan, I am going to finish up some Meal Replacement products I bought on a whim. It has been much easier to drink a slim fast shake for breakfast and have a meal bar as a snack to keep me from binging when I get home from not eating enough the past few days. They are just too expensive to use as a big part of my diet and they are not wheat free as far as I know.

I also saw a Dr. Oz show discussing the use of Chia seeds as an aid in feeling full. I have ordered some and plan to sprinkle them on my food and and snacks. I have some lite yogurt and low fat cottage cheese for mornings and little jiff to go peanut butter snacks to sprinkle on at work. I also plan to add them to other items I might be having, like salad or on my grilled protein.

I like the Wheat Belly method and hope to start going wheat free in a week or so. My wheat free will include lean meat(chicken and fish) with mainly fresh salads (and non-starchy veg) and the occassional rice, potato, corn, oat or bean ...and fruit when I can remember and afford it. I would like to go back to a water/coffee/hot tea drink plan... giving up diet sodas and tapering off sugar.

3. I plan to exercise 5 hours a week in any form or fashion I can eek out. Hoping to make the elliptical my mainstay but my chubby dogs could really use a good daily walk, too.

4. I also do better when I log my meals. Something I did a few times over my break was to create food groupings and save them in the SPark tracker. You can add individual ingredients that you use to create a recipe and divide it into serving sizes to get nutrition values for an item that may not be in their list. I did a group for a spinach and artichoke quiche, a kale soup I make... and home made tacos. I really thought quiche had more calories and fat than it did but my 5 egg quiche with swiss and feta cheese and even crumbled bacon was only like 250 calories for a 1/8 slice.

If I took the time I could literally add every meal item that I do on a regular basis (some things we have every single week) and it would be so much simpler than changing what I eat just to fit in the tracker.

So that is my plan. We are heading toward the "Day for Love" so this will be our way of loving ourselves enough to improve our lives. So on to Valentine"s!!!



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1/3/12 9:35 P

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I am ready to make 2012 my year to be healthier, leaner, and happier!

1. I am going to set a goal of 1 pound a week. Nice and low. I am certainly hoping for more, but will be happy with 6 pounds.

2. I will consume between 1200 and 1550 calories a day. I will eat lean chicken, fish, pork, and beef along with limited starchy vegetables and fruit (a total of two servings a day) and unlimited non-starchy vegetables. I will avoid wheat/gluten and eliminate processed foods from my diet in favor of fresh fruits and fresh/frozen vegetables. I will also limit the sodas and artificially sweetened drinks and drink mostly water and unsweet tea.

3. I was doing great with logging my meals for a while there and got out of the habit during the holidays. I am going to be more diligent and get back into the habit of logging everything that goes into my mouth! It is just too easy to "cheat," whether intentional or not, when I don't keep a record.

4. I am determined to start exercising again. Years ago I was consistent with my exercise and had worked up to four miles a day on the treadmill at a 5% incline. I need to do this again. I have come to hate it though....maybe partly because of my knee. I am going to start walking on the treadmill for at least 5 minutes a day, every day, on a 0% incline. I am also going to start doing some exercises with my knee using an exercise band and see if I can strengthen those muscles so that maybe I can walk more again....I will be doing this for 5 minutes every two to three days during this six week challenge.

5. I am going to post on SP on a daily basis, either on the threads or in my blog. I know this will help with motivation.

Edited by: DEBBIE84 at: 1/3/2012 (22:03)
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
Goal Weight: 150


 current weight: 270.0 
 
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255
202.5
150
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1/3/12 9:24 P

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We have exactly six weeks from today until Valentine's Day. That is a nice doable amount of time for a mini challenge. So, here it is in a nutshell:

1. Set a weight loss goal that is realistic and easily doable....let's set ourselves up for success. If we lose more, great and if not be happy with what we do lose, even if we fall short. Any loss is a success!

2. Set a realistic calorie goal to go along with, for lack of a better term, the diet of your choice. For me it will be wheat free because it works for me. Try to figure out what it is that really works for you and commit to it for 2012. And of course, drink that water and severely restrict the sodas and other sugary drinks.

3. I think we need to really work on logging our meals/exercise....I know I do. It can be online or in a journal that you keep in the kitchen and jot down what you are eating....I know how difficult it can be to find time to log meals online....I am lucky and can usually do it at work.

4. Commit to some exercise....even if it is only 10 minutes a week....commit to something and do it for the entire six weeks. Make the goal low enough that it will be easy to stick with it and do it consistently until it becomes habit. I know I have gotten out of the habit of exercising. Remember, exercising doesn't have to be formal exercise...it can be housework, shopping, walking the dog, playing with the kids, etc. Count everything that is physical....it will not only burn calories, but will also look good on paper or in the exercise log and that is motivating.

5. And last, but not least, if at all possible, post on SP at least once a week. We all need encouragement and support. This also helps keep us accountable!

Let's see how successful we can make 2012!

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work." - H.L. Hunt

no pain, no gain.....No Pain, No Gain .....NO PAIN, NO GAIN



Starting Weight: 360
Goal Weight: 150


 current weight: 270.0 
 
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255
202.5
150
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