Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Well, as you can tell, I haven't been very active on SparkPeople lately. I was just getting overwhelmed with all of the stuff I had committed myself to (the multiple teams/groups/challenges in addition to tracking everything, the community team member responsibilities, etc.).

So I took a hiatus. I do feel like I've learned enough to make the right kinds of choices and continue a healthy lifestyle (and I have). I still want to stay in touch with the friends I've made, maintain my sparkpage and blog and continue to check in with the features and updates to keep up to date, but I don't think I'll be doing as much of the daily tracking, sparkpoints, etc.

I'm still hovering around 185 (been down to 182, up to 188 but I settle around 185). I've definitely learned how to maintain, lol. I'm still working out every weekday mornings (and most weekends I get one workout in). I run every morning for about 20 minutes and then do a spinning class (usually 50-60 minutes in length). Except for Mondays when there is no spinning - then I just run and do the elliptical. I have slacked off on the weight training as I'm trying to build up my running endurance, but I'm going to make a concerted effort to get at least two days of weight training in each week.

My eating habits are...okay. I tend to do great during the day and then have a larger dinner. I'm consistenly around 1800-2000 calories, though I do average one splurge day a week (usually on the weekends). It's not a planned day, but there always seems to be one day a week where we go out somewhere with friends and have drinks or something like that resulting in a higher calorie day.

For a while I was confused as to why I'm not losing weight because I do SO much cardio that surely I should be losing if I'm averaging 1800-2000 calories a day (albeit, losing slowly, but still losing). Then I noticed that the days I went over my calories, I was usually a pound or two lighter the next day. I really think I need to work on my calorie budgeting - spreading it out over the day and taking in a little more. I think I may be burning so many calories that I'm in that "starvation mode".

I'll continue to tweak my habits and find what works for me, but I'm not in a rush. I'm pretty happy with where I'm at now. Don't get me wrong, I still want to lose those last 10-15 pounds, but I'm not sweating about it. I'm confident they'll eventually come off and working out is such a part of my routine (and such a pleasure now) that I know I'll never give that up. :)

So all in all, things are going really well. I FINALLY went out and bought a lot of new clothes (mostly size 14's though I do have a few 12's). It's nice to have nice clothes to wear again. :) I didn't go too crazy since I'll eventually move into 12's once the extra weight I'm still carrying in my thighs and lower tummy goes away, but I did buy enough so I wasn't stressing about not having clothes to wear to work!

Hope everyone is doing well!!
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    Hi Crystal,
    I've been having the same issues as you. I have had to pull back - relinquish team leadership, etc. in order to meet my other life demands. I too have learned how to maintain... Even though I am just barely over halfway to my goal... TIme to get serious about this - again. I hope we can keep in touch.
    3976 days ago
  • SIBBY1
    So glad to hear that you are doing well. Our little Banana team is sort of fading away, but I think that happens naturally to a lot of teams. I think you're on the right track with upping your calories to meet your needs with so much cardio. Do you have another race in your future?
    I'm doing well - hit 189 and have been stuck there for a while, but I feel like you do that if I just keep doing my program eventually the little suckers will give up and drop off of me.
    Just wanted to say hi!
    3984 days ago
  • TRA0511
    Hey Crystal -

    You have done an outstanding job and I look to you as a role model. I have been distracted recently and I hope after this weekend, I can really focus on me and my goals. I definitely want to stay in touch with you and others from the Memorial Day challenge group. I will check in to see how others are doing too, but I feel overwhelmed with logging everything. SP is a great resource and I will continue to focus on the positives.
    3989 days ago
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