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10/19/15 2:07 P

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emoticon You're welcome Faith-2-Hope.

I have been at this consistently ... and I do mean ... CONSISTENTLY, for over 2 years.

Despite the fact that my physical ability to move right now has been severely restricted because of my broken pelvis, I have not lost hope that I will return to my more active state of being and, if not, I will be grateful for the glorious 9 months that I spent learning to and eventually running.

It is my sincere hope that I can return to that love. I cannot even begin to explain to folks how much the running experience touches me. My love for it is obviously evident to others. On numerous occasions I have had perfect strangers approach me and share with me how I've touched them simply by watching me run. A couple of weeks ago I had an exchange like this. It really surprised me because I have not run since mid-March. This man recognized me and his fact lit up when he said, "Hey! Aren't you that lady that runs in the hills?" as he pointed toward our regional park. I smiled and said, "Yes." He touched my heart.

After reading what I've read this weekend and reflecting on my own experience, I really do think there's some wisdom in tackling nutrition first and then adding exercise to the mix, after ones eating habits have improved. Of course, like I shared earlier that's not how I did it. But, I did not tackle both things at once. I had a huge resistance to tracking food. I thought it was stupid and pointless. Boy was that thinking faulty!

I likely thought it was stupid and pointless because I did not want to admit that I needed to change my habits. And, deep down inside I believed that it wasn't going to work. So, why bother? Really?! I'd grown up surrounded by morbidly obese relatives. Some of which have already died prematurely. I have borne witness to tremendous suffering in my life.

But, I couldn't take it anymore. I was desperate. I had to at least try. And, I began to move. That first step taken on June 25, 2013 has changed my life. I will forever be grateful to BAPEARMAN for nudging, cajoling and coaxing me to move. It was that first step that has gotten me to this place.

I feel SO MUCH BETTER despite the broken pelvis. And, as one of the health care professionals said, "You're in a much better place dealing with this as a thin person, than you would be as an obese person." And, I know she's right.

So, honestly, I don't want people to be afraid to ask questions and share experiences. No judgment here. We're imperfect human beings. We're going to make mistakes. It's what we do with our experiences that matters.




Edited by: JEANKNEE at: 10/19/2015 (14:11)
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"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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10/19/15 1:39 P

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emoticon Thank you Jeanne. Your wisdom, your thoroughness, and your approach are all an inspiration to me. Your willingness to share what you have learned and help others with their " one experiment " touches my heart. Again, thank you. I have been feeling that each of us are unique. Of course certain things are likely common as we are all human, but the formula of our unique bodies needs some individual tinkering to get " all engines firing ". If you do the charting ( only if you have time as this is a lot of work ) then I can see how helpful it could be. I would likely need your help, at least at first, to read it. You have found a weakness of mine - excel and spreadsheets. I admire your talent in that area.
I also want to congratulate you emoticon on the way you are working on your health. You really have done amazing in your areas that you need to see this through. You have such a positive approach and belief that this can be done. You are a fine example to me. You have a way about you that speaks to me. emoticon

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Hi Faith-2-Hope,

Being hypothyroid and having other health conditions certainly has an impact on our weight loss efforts. And, we're each unique! What works for me may not work for others.

There's a maintainer that often uses the words "experiment of one." That's her way of saying that we are each unique. So, the journey we've each undertaken is our "experiment of one."

I happen to be a numbers person. Numbers speak to me. They help me identify and recognize patterns because I understand them. I keep excel files for my weight, nutritional intake, and fitness activity. That would be over kill for some people. But, for me it's supportive and helpful.

And, because I am a numbers person, I am willing to try a weight loss challenge and track those numbers for others that may not be as comfortable at a computer and with spread sheets as I am.

If it's helpful and I continue to have time available to support such an effort, then I will continue to do so. If it's not helpful and/or interest is lacking, then I will direct my time and energy elsewhere.

It took quite some time for my body to kick in. I didn't lose a single pound for well over a month and I was walking 5 days a week and 4-5 miles at a time. And, nothing! I was extremely disciplined and consistent with my efforts and my activity progressively increased until my injury made itself known in mid-March of this year.

Initially, I paid no attention to my food and focused on moving routinely. I have since heard (according to Susan Pierce Thompson) that addressing ones food first and establishing healthy habits there, before one adds exercise is the best approach to weight loss.

When I began moving regularly, weight loss was not my goal. Stress reduction was my motivator. Adding exercise first and then going after my nutrition has worked for me. Did it slow weight loss efforts? No doubt it likely did. But, that's okay with me. Weight loss was not my initial goal. Again, we're each unique and need to do what supports our goals.

Until I began tracking what I ate in late December 2013, I had never tracked food in my life! I was nearly 54 years of age at that point. Talk about being ignorant of nutrition! That would be me! I have since learned quite a bit. I've also learned and continue to learn what supports my body best. It's a journey. And, it takes effort. For me, the effort has been worth the rewards. No doubt about it!

So, expect to be hearing more from me regarding an upcoming weight loss challenge for team Hypothyroids ... Join Together.

There are also some wonderful free, online weight trend trackers that may serve people better than a weight loss challenge. Here's a listing of some that I'm aware of ...
WeightGrapher.com
TrendWeight.com
MyHackerDiet.com
True Weight iPhone app
Libra Phone app "trend weight"
The Hacker's Diet at https://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/HackDiet





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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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10/19/15 1:25 A

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Hi Jeanne. What you are explaining sounds interesting. It could be useful. I would need to learn more about it. What kind of challenges would be involved?
There is one thing that concerns me. With the emphasis on calories in and calories out - well , that is not a given for some of us. My body does not "run on all cylinders". My body's cells are not doing what they need to do properly yet. One day I hope they will be more " repaired ". Having been undiagnosed with both diabetes and low thyroid for a long time, it's taking awhile for my body to " gear up " again. I often have a large calorie deficit that may not result in weight loss.
Your chart sample reflects a lot of work on your part. It shows your dedication to helping others l thank you for that. For me, depending on whether we go forward with this, such a chart could possibly show me trends in my weight loss efforts that I am not aware of.That could become a very useful tool.

Edited by: FAITH-2-HOPE at: 10/19/2015 (01:26)
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10/15/15 7:09 P

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Appreciate the feedback here and will keep you posted!

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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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10/15/15 5:49 P

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Isn't that such a bummer?
I'm trying to inspire MYself by imagining how I will feel on October 15 2016 when I look back at my year of success.
I want NOTHING to do with MORE of those regrets.




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Choose Life.


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Yay! as part of my commitment to get more involved around here, I'd love to learn how to do all this and being accountable to a team would be great. I often set private little goals that I never meet because I just keep pushing off the date. Here I am a year later and ten pounds heavier!

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Nay. You know why. emoticon

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yay

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Thanks Susan and MNGDV.

Will see if others chime in or not.

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nay. not at this time.




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Good day to all of you!

I have something for you to think about and am seeking your feedback. Don't know if there is interest or not.

In recent months, I have stepped up to organize/manage the weight maintenance challenges with another SparkFriend for the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team.

I keep wondering if it would be possible to run similar challenges; but, for weight loss instead of weight maintenance. Exactly what these challenges would look like I'm not entirely certain. But, I do have ideas. Before I spend anymore time and energy thinking about it, I simply am curious whether or not there's any interest.

What I currently envision is this ...
Using 5% as the weight loss goal.
Remain unsure about timing (limited time period? seasonal? ongoing?)
Remain unsure about exactly what would be tracked (I'm thinking lbs lost/gained, % lost/gained, lbs to reach 5% goal, % to reach 5% goal).

No tracking would need to be done by you. I would do this. You would simply need to log your weight weekly using a login form that I would make available using Google. Results would be available for viewing with a link provided to the appropriate Google document. So, yes, others could view how others are doing. If this concerns you, then opt out of participation.

My concern is this...
I DO NOT want this challenge to turn into a BIGGEST LOSER type of challenge. I know how important it is to lose weight moderately ... 1-2 pounds per week (for most people) ... no more.

When I was in weight loss mode did I sometimes lose more than 2 pounds a week? Yes. Was I excited about that ... well, honestly, yes and no. I was excited to be losing weight and concerned that it was too much, too fast. The next week I would work harder to balance my Calories In and Out so I didn't lose so much.

Those in the weight loss challenge could benefit tremendously from concurrent participation in the monthly Calories In and Out and Jot down your exercises done. Tracking Nutrition and Fitness is what lead to my weight loss. I could see the impacts of my choices and I gathered information to help me make more informed decisions.

If you're curious what things look like for the At Goal & Maintaining team, take a look. This sheet tracks how closely each participant is deviating from their chosen target (or center) weight ...

docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gHa6
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9hnM5Uk3VFzBOCsoku-49el8c1wd3KARHPV9R>s/pubhtml?gid=1603343205&single=true


Of course, maintenance goals are different than weight loss goals. As maintainers we are trying to keep our deviations from center as close to zero as possible and doing our best not to deviate more than +/- 3% because that’s what research has found to be a healthy weight fluctuation.

You can simply respond to this thread with a “yay” or “neah.”

It would take some time for me to think about how to set this up. But, if there’s interest, I will start working on it and keep you posted.


Jeanne
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"Believe me, your body has the ability to restore itself to perfect health, once you eliminate the foods and other forces that prevent it from healing." ~ Steven R. Gundry, MD

"I'd like to dispel once and for all the myth that any single diet approach works for every individual." ~ Peter J. D'Adamo, ND


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