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Where am I now after two years on Spark People?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Spark friend mentioned in her blog recently that Spark People had adjusted her caloric goals based on her increased level of exercise. I realized that my caloric goals have not budged one bit since I began my journey in earnest two years ago. Why, I wondered? My goals in February 2011 were to get healthy again after my accident, and I didn't need to lose weight. I was at my goal weight, and I had been at goal for several years. As a result, I set up my Spark People trackers for maintenance and not for weight loss. I didn't remember that I had that choice.
Fast forward two years...I am now almost 15 pounds over my goal. Drastic change in my activity level since the accident, stress at work, emotional eating while acting as a caregiver for family members, further decrease in activity level since retiring in June, poor food choices...these are just a few of the reasons I can point to which have aided and abetted my weight gain over these past two years! So now, March first I will begin anew.
The first thing I did was to ditch my Spark people maintenance plan for nutrition and set new goals for losing those 15 pounds I am lugging around. All the records of foods that I have tracked for two years had to go away in order to change plans, but that is all right. My caloric recommendations went down slightly. (Sigh.) I am going to have to make smarter choices and choose healthy foods nearly all of the time. My downfall is snacks...although the snacks are basically healthy, I enjoy too many of them on a daily basis. I need to incorporate more filling foods into my diet. My DH just LOVES restaurant meals, and I find it hard to deny his requests to "take me out." I will have to work on ways to compromise on that one.
As for exercise, I am working on that one too. I have returned faithfully to my beloved water aerobics classes three times a week. I am walking ( seriously walking thanks to my Fitbit) three alternatiing days a week and resting one day a week. I signed DH and I up for our first ever 5k in March...we are really looking forward to that. If all goes as planned, I will blog about my first race when I complete it! DH can easily walk 5 or 6 miles at a whack, so he isn't the least bit worried about finishing the race. I'm still a bit worried that I will be asking him to carry me over the finish line. Then again, the adrenalin will probably kick in and I will make it on my own. I will let you know! I still have a long way to go on strength training...that is another goal to begin again after the 5k.

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    You took a serious hard look, reassessed, and took action! I am so proud of you for taking the bull by the horns and setting goals for yourself during difficult times and health issues! You are the Spark Poster child!! I can't wait to hear about your 5K. I am sending positive vibes your way, and eagerly await your race report! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1877 days ago
    I have enjoyed so much having you as a Sparkfriend for these 2 years and I look forward to many more years as Sparkfriends! Your plan sounds good to me. As for the restaurant eating, maybe before you go to a restaurant you could look for their menu on the Internet and decide ahead of time what you will be eating? It won't solve everything, but it might help a little.
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    1879 days ago
    I really think you have made great plans to lose weight and improve fitness. You are right, being a caretaker, recovering from your injury, and dealing with stress all make weight loss much more difficult! Great goals Evelyn! emoticon
    1880 days ago
    Sounds like you've made some really good plans, Evelyn. It's very difficult being caregiver, and I can certainly understand how that could lead to emotional eating. Upping the exercise, as you have done, should help with that too.

    Take care, and have a good week-end.
    1880 days ago
    Good for you Evelyn! Sounds like you are kicking it into gear and making it happen! So proud of you! And both doing a 5K! emoticon
    I know the feeling though on the eating out, we have been doing better about not doing that as much. We are keeping it to the weekend only now or if we travel. I started losing weight again once we did that-all the sodium & fat in those foods is ridiculous!!! Cooking lots of soups and having left overs to freeze for later! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1881 days ago
    woohoo some great changes for you what fun
    1881 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    When you go out, why not go to the website and look at the nutritional level, and plan what you will order. Or what I do is I will go lower the day before and the day after, and usually it all averages out.
    Water aerobics is terrific exercise and a good calorie burner! emoticon
    Why not consider doing the C25K program? That might be helpful for your preparations.
    1881 days ago
  • SAMI199
    emoticon How exciting-doing a 5K with your DH! I'll be cheering you on all the way!

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    1881 days ago
    Sounds like it will all come together. When you go out, can you eat a salad only? Or, if you are like me, eat half of a whole meal, and bring the rest home for later. Just a thought. emoticon
    1881 days ago
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