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1 year Sparkversary!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ok, today is a different day. Thanks guys for the support when I was in a bad mood yesterday, because of hitting a plateau. I stepped on the scales this morning and I still didn't loose any weight, but I am hopeful and still motivated.

Today I figured it would be great to reflect on the past year here on Spark People, because it's my sparkversary! emoticon emoticon

Despite loosing 11 pounds (25 more to go) - I am a happier person. I have learned to deal with my depression, I have become more self-confident, I was able to travel to the US, England and Sweden and managed to move closer to my sister, which allows us to spend more quality time together.
Having put my private life in order - I want to focus on loosing the last 25 pounds for good. I must admit I had actually lost 26 pounds by last August but put 15 pounds back on over the winter. emoticon

So now, I will try to loose the remaining 25 pounds and stick to my exercise plan which I didn't do in winter. It will be tough to change my eating habits, because after all I realize I eat for relaxation and that is hard to overcome. My life right now is really busy, I am constantly on the run and when I forbid myself the chocolates and gummy bears of this world, it's hard for me to relax. For now I am trying to choose very exhausting sports like Kickboxing. The good thing with this is, I am usually so tired afterwards, that I can't be bothered to eat more than a sandwich before going to bed. emoticon

There's not much more to say today. Only that I am really glad to have found Spark People. It's members (You guys) have been supporting, It has given me motivation when I was lacking it, it was listening when I needed someone to listen to and it has been educating me regarding healthy nutrition.

Last I would like to share one information I learned from my doctor and which has been helping me a lot for loosing weight.
He told me that there has been a study on why some people are (sorry) fat and why others aren't. The study participants were equipped with motion sensors, next to having to count the calories they take in. The result of the study was that overweight people don't necessarily take in more calories, however, they move a lot less. I am not talking sports, I am talking, getting up from the dinner table because someone forgot the knives or walking back to the car park, because having forgotten a bag.
Overweight people tend to avoid the extra walk to the car park or elsewhere, whereas thin people didn't mind, walking back without thinking.
I have done some maths on that. Imagine you were burning and extra 100 calories per day not avoidung those extra movements. That would make 700 calories per week. Which would become 7000 calories after 10 weeks. 7000 calories is worth about 2 pounds of body fat. So when considering that the year has 52 weeks, you would be burning an extra 10 pounds of body fat, just for not avoiding that extra walk when having forgotten something. I think that is a great way to look at things - plus it makes loosing weight sound not so hard after all.

Thanks to all of you - have a great day.
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  • YDAVIS23
    First, congrats on your loss. You definitely have the knowledge to send that last 25 lbs to the curb - permanently. The fact that you're still sparking is a testament to that!

    I like your breakdown of the movement associated with weight loss (or just being skinny). Taking opportunities to just STAND can increase the burn, so I find myself trying to stand in the back of meetings, stand when I'm on the computer (ok, not right now, but I have a new station!) and just increase standing in general. In fact, livestrong.com says that you can burn up to 50 "extra" calories an hour by standing. AWESOME!

    Have a great day!
    2224 days ago
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