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May 2017:

Great news! I'm cleared to jog (intervals for now, which is about where I was at anyway as a jogger). Goal is to do a 5k in 2017! I am going to physical therapy faithfully, and I hope soon I will also be cleared to do other exercises I enjoy like yoga and zumba.

So far I have lost 6.3 lbs in the 5% weight loss challenge starting April 1. I have 3 lbs go to go reach my 5% goal.

In reviewing my goals, I have not been great about upper body weights, but have incorporated abs. Need to put in more upper body weights - being careful of my tennis elbow.


April 2017

Inspired by the Spring 5% Weight Loss Challenge, I'm updating this to be more current:

The good news is, I mostly have healthy habits. I cook for myself and my family, using fresh produce I buy from the local farmer's market; I enjoy going to the gym, walking or biking on the beach, and doing yoga; and in general, I'm doing the right stuff. But I also love to bake, and to entertain, and to eat. So there isn't too much low-hanging fruit, which is hard -- I can't be one of those "I quit soda and lost 50 lbs" people because I haven't had a non-diet soda in years. I'm also having trouble in the exercise department these days because I'm recovering from ACL reconstruction -- doing well, but still not cleared to jog, do yoga, or do anything plyometric.

Other personal details -- I'm 38, married with a 5 year-old and an almost 3 year-old. I live in beautiful Manhattan Beach, CA, where the climate is just about ideal, and everyone (except me) looks perfect in a bikini. I work as a user experience researcher, meaning that I work with companies building digital products to help them make sure that everyone can use their website or app. And of course, I have all the challenges that come with this lifestyle -- not enough time to work out (including a long commute a few days a week). But what else is new?

I'm excited to have joined the Spring 5% weight loss challenge, and I think this will be the kick in the pants I need!


Member Since: 9/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 72,602

My Goals:
For now, we're starting small. For the Spring 2017 5% Weight Loss Challenge, I'd like to lose 10 lbs and get from 187 to 177.

Ultimate goal would be around 155-160 lbs, which is lower than I have ever weighed in my adult life except for one short period after starting thyroid medication AND being on weight watchers. I was 165 at my high school graduation and 170 at my wedding.


My Program:
Here's what I commit to for Spring 2017:

Exercise:
Leg ACL rehab exercise set - 6 days/week (including days I go to physical therapy)
Exercise bike OR elliptical OR jog - 20+ minutes 4-5 days/week
Upper body and core strength training - 2-3x/week
Other exercise (walking, biking, etc.) 2-3 days/week
Hit 10,000 steps 4 days/week

I am not following a particular diet, but I generally eat, and will continue to eat, according to the following tenets:

- Journal all food
- Stick to calorie range, max 1700 calories (don't increase for exercise)
- Focus on protein, and some healthy fats. Lots of fruits and veggies.
- Limit packaged foods; focus on homemade foods.
- Focus on whole grains rather than grains. Limit or eliminate refined grain products (bread, pasta, cereal, etc.).
- Limit added sugars. Stick to honey or maple syrup over sugar when possible. 0-calorie sweeteners OK in moderation.
- Protein and fat with every meal and snack.
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Personal Information:
When I was 18 months old, the doctor told my mother to stop feeding me so much. At 8 years old, I had my first memory of being told to say no to cookies. I remember multiple battles with my mother over food and weight - she'd find candy or bags of dried fruit under my bed, I'd cry, she'd cry, etc. I've been on weight watchers at least two different times. I've been to three different private nutritionists. I've journaled, I've exercised, I've done this and that.

Thank god, a lot of the external pressure to lose weight is gone. Turns out my mother was mainly worried that I would never find love (untrue; this has never been a problem for me, and I've been happily married for the last 8 years); that I would have major health problems (so far my cholesterol and blood pressure are good); and even that I wouldn't find a job (I have a great career working for myself now, which is much better than the jobs I had had in the past). But I still see the scale slowly creeping up.


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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson




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  • v LPORTER2015
    Always remember that the struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow so don't give up! Continue to believe in yourself and leave a little sparkle wherever you go. Stay encouraged!
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    3 days ago
  • v MEAGOP
    Glad to hear your child's teacher was able to help! It's always a good idea to have that little chat. Teachers can't fix what they don't know about. I just met with a parent on Friday, and we figured out a problem together. It was great. I am so glad this mom let me know what was happening with her son at home!

    I had stomach flu today, so I had no problem with cravings. Sigh.

    Have a great week!

    Megan

    3 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    If you believe, truly believe to your core, that you can do this, you can. You absolutely can. Don’t be a doubter; be a doer! Erica Kosal
    4 days ago
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    5 days ago
  • v MEAGOP
    Hi Hilary,

    I had an "I hear you, sister" moment when I read your last post about your heroic efforts to survive an evening of cravings! I do that, too. It's sometimes hard to know what it is that you really, and truly want, and going through the list of safe foods, limited portion by limited portion, can be frustrating! I'm with you. Cuppa tea, then straight for the dark chocolate if the source of the trouble was not thirst. I sometimes mix 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogourt with some vanilla and xylitol, then add half a chopped apple and some raw pumpkin seeds. That usually does it, but if not, it's time for the dark chocolate. I like Lindt extra dark with sea salt!

    An hour of homework in kindergarten seems bizarre, Hillary. I teach at a small K-12 school, and it is academically rigorous, with our kids topping the provincial charts every year, but kindergarten students do their work in school, not at home. Gr.1 gets 10 minutes of homework per day, simply to establish the habit of taking out the folder and doing daily work at home (usually some reading and a few math problems). Gr.2 gets 20 mins, Gr.3 30 minutes--you get the idea! We ask our parents for feedback when the demands exceed what seems appropriate, and we have after school programs for gr.1-6 (chess club, math competition club, writer's club, reading club and a general homework club) to appease the fears of parents who worry when there is not a mountain of homework every night. It works out pretty well.

    Good luck, Hillary! With any luck things will settle for your little guy and his homework.

    Megan
    5 days ago
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