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Confession Time, and Implementing A New Plan

Monday, September 16, 2013

emoticon Yep, it is True, My Tracker has moved Backwards 25 pounds. I started Lifting Weights back in December and at First I told myself that that the weight I was Gaining was Muscle.
emoticon But the truth is, I was NOT eating like I should have been over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. But I was lifting Heavier Weights than I had been, and my clothes were fitting OK, so I just ignored it for awhile.
emoticon Then the Spark Fitness Tracker started warning me that I was "Eating Too Little and Exercising Too Much." I really did NOT want to eat more, so reluctantly I began gradually cutting back on my Exercise Time. After a few weeks the Fitness Tracker stopped giving me the Warning, and I hoped that some of the Weight would drop.
emoticon I also started being more careful about my Diet. I still have Treats occasionally, but I was eating as well as I ever have on this Journey.
emoticon But in spite of those changes, my weight continued to float UP the Scale. I refused to change my Ticker, because I believed that it was a temporary thing and that some of it was Too Much Sodium, and On and On. You all know the Excuses that we can come up with when we don't want to Face Facts.
emoticon Last week I had the Trainer at the Gym check my Body Fat and it has Gone Up 2%. My measurements are all Up, too and some of my Jeans are getting TIGHT.

So, I changed my Tracker, went back to Exercising about 2 hours a day (I really DO enjoy that, Honestly!). And I have cut back on Strength Training to 2 days a week instead of 3 Days and I am doing a LOT of Walking as well as using the Treadmill and Recumbent Bike at the gym. In the past Two Weeks I have lost almost 3 pounds! WOO-HOO!! I am also doing some Body Weight Exercises 2 Days a week.
emoticon Our 35th Anniversary is November 24th and Gary is wanting to take a trip. IF I lose 1 - 2 pounds a week from now to then, I will be back near my Goal Weight Range. Whether we go on a Trip or not, I would LOVE to see that. Plus October is the 3rd Anniversary of my reaching My Goal Weight.

So, here we go on the Next Stage of this Crazy Journey. I am Glad that You are all traveling with me.
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  • SANORA41
    Thank you for sharing that and reminding me how easily we can slip backwards, especially with the holiday season just around the corner. Together, we can all stay on track. :)
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  • TREV1964
    Hold on in there - a step at a time and you will be fine.


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  • SHARON10002
    Found your link via GrandPattie's blog. I have been having this problem, and have continued to cut calories thinking I was still getting more calories in than calories out. I have plateaued again, and did 120 minutes of upper body strength training today. I figured build muscle - burn fat. I guess I am really confused. I'll have to keep searching and reading so that I can figure this out.
    Good luck with losing the weight you have put back on, too! emoticon
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    1708 days ago
    Good luck....keep at it.

    Remember, muscles are made in the gym, abs are made in the kitchen!
    1708 days ago
    I, too, let my weight creep back a little. So, now I must be on track every day so calories don't sneak in where they don't belong. We can do this.
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    great job
    1709 days ago
    Good for you---figuring it out and getting back on track! And what a nice goal to have in mind--your 35th anniversary and a possible trip! emoticon
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    Count me in on that club! I have also let my weight creep up. I usually wear dresses to work, but last Friday I wore a pair of slacks that were loose last year and are tight now. Back to measuring my food.
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  • REJ7777
    Wishing you much success with your revised plan! I'm convinced you'll be where you want to be in time for your trip. emoticon
    1709 days ago
    They say that confession is good or the soul. I know that YOU are good for US! So maybe confession is good for a lot of souls. At least it was in this case.

    Be proud of yourself for stopping it now instead of letting it spiral further out of control. We all love you, (especially me) and believe in you. You will get this done again!!! Actually, it hasn't come undone so I guess you will just be tightening it back up!

    Love you a whole big bunch!!

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    1709 days ago
    emoticon We both know this is not an easy equation to figure out. I think it's harder for those of us who have lost significant weight to keep it off than for those who have lost less, or never gained it in the first place. Our bodies are a little bit confused. And Oh, so ready to snatch every excuse to store extra energy as fat. They slow down their tickers to save for a rainy day.

    Tracking is a tool. Recommended ranges are a tool. Activity is a tool. If being active is what you love, be active. But working out the calorie range isn't quite as simple as looking it up in a book. And it may not come off as easily / quickly as it did before (sigh, this is the voice of experience).

    But if knowing you are not alone in trying to figure it all out as it applies to yourself... I'll wave my hand. I'm still working on it, too! I regained over last Winter and have worked hard this Spring and Summer... and I'm still about half of that regain over what I was at the end of last year's super active period. Yes, the scale says my body fat percentage is a little lower, but the tape measure says I am not quite as slender (by 1/2 an inch) at the waist...

    I am not alarmed (or try not to be)... because I read a blog several months back when SLENDERELLA61 shared feedback from a pro that said essentially you can go for the weight loss or for the athletic performance, and they don't always go hand in hand. I wanted the athletic performance, so I'm willing to carry the 5 pounds or so if that's what I need to fuel my longer distances.

    HOWEVER... and it's a big one... I have to be honest with myself when it's NOT muscle... and last Spring, it wasn't!

    So, track, track, evaluate, and track some more. And be kind to yourself and your body. Both are just doing the best they can, every day.

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  • _LINDA
    So glad you reigned the gain in before it got worse! Careful tracking of nutrition and fitness have always been the keys to me staying on track. Knowing the range to stay in based on your activity level is the best way to succeed. I really like the new dynamic tracking as it reflects the amount of exercise I get daily which can very so much.
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    1709 days ago
    You can't know how much you helped me by writing this blog on this day. It's like you wrote it jut for me. I was doing really well, then stopped losing and started gaining. And, of course, I'm just at the START of my journey to goal. I had been down 15 pounds and now I'm back to 13. I wasn't sure what to do, but now I have some direction. I was ignoring that message about not eating enough or exercising too much. Tonight I reset my goal, which raised my calories to pretty much agree with what my FitBit was saying. I'll continue my exercise and stay with these new calories.

    Hmmm...come to think of it, I quit losing when I added my Bellicon....More exercise on the same calories. Just maybe that warning I ignored was because of that. So, I'll continue on and hope for better results.

    Again...Thanks, so much for your "confession".

    I, too, am really glad we're traveling together!

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