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My Weight loss brain vs. my Mx brain

Saturday, September 13, 2014

There are 2 distinct brains that are going on here: the weight loss brain and the Maintenance (Mx) brain (forgive the shorthand, but I use it constantly at work - might as well introduce it here to everyone since writing it out is a pain in the butt sometimes.)

I am currently trying to get back into my Mx range of 130-135 but something dawned on me that I was in the wrong mindset in trying to get back there - weighing every day and expecting to see that change is a Mx mindset linked with a Weight loss mindset and those 2 together....well, it just equals frustration!

So I am now in the process of breaking that jumbled mindset and rethinking the whole thing (once again bc it's been a while since I had to think like this): back to the weekly weigh-in I go (thanks to a challenge I joined, this actually is helping me realize the snafu) and back to the mentality of weightloss: that things take TIME and PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE and say out loud that yes, even people who are good at Maintaining need to switch it up once in a while and get back in the saddle because let's face it....sometimes, it is not water weight you are holding on to. emoticon

My Mx brain is set on these things that I know for a fact: my body has at a sweet spot and I can pretty much eat whatever in moderation and not gain anything major when I am "active" (in quotes because it means that I am not just sitting on my arse, but it doesn't mean I am exercising a lot either)

My Weightloss brain is this: track stuff, get moving again, weigh once a week...basically: make better/healthier choices over all and know that things are slow and weekly loss is what we are going for.

So that is where I am focus on 10 minutes of exercise a day, to make good choices, and to abstain (for a little while) from my uber-loves that brought back on those pounds (wine and eating out a lot this summer did me in) and if I do need to visit those uber-loves - track them in my tracker to be accountable instead of ignoring them.

I can honestly say, that it has been so-far-so-good the last 2 weeks...but writing it out helps me out...and maybe it can help somebody else out too!

On to week #3!!!!!!
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KANOE10 9/14/2014 9:54AM

    Even while we are maintaining, we enter the up pound times when we need to re-boot our habits and our thinking back into weight loss mode. You explained the mindsets well. As someone commented..weight fluctuation does mean up and down..when you enter constantly up,days, you know you need to act.

"So that is where I am focus on 10 minutes of exercise a day, to make good choices, and to abstain (for a little while) from my uber-loves that brought back on those pounds (wine and eating out a lot this summer did me in) and if I do need to visit those uber-loves - track them in my tracker to be accountable instead of ignoring them. " These are great steps for staying on track and losing. I have to abstain also during my re-boot periods.

Congratulations on the two successful weeks and also on acting to get back on track. emoticon

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DALID414 9/13/2014 9:36PM

    Yup, right there with you.
I joined the challenge and purposely chose a lower center weight emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/13/2014 12:34PM

    Yep loss and maintenance are definitely two different modes.

There's even scientific evidence to back it up!


I admit even knowing that doesn't stop me from falling into the trap anyway, sometimes. For me I think it's partly because maintenance mode is more comfortable.

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    Great analogy

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Twitch begone!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Would you believe it that the twitch I wrote about a few days back is on its way out? Noticeably changed....almost nonexistent!

So what was the change?
emoticon a vitamin a day - I actually felt in my gut that I was lacking something and that vitamins was it, especially since I have been off with my eating lately. It seems I was right! Immediately notices a change. Coincidence? I think not!

emoticon hydration - making sure I really got it in, especially since I was taking the vitamin a day - no need to keep anything that is not needed in the body...flush it out I say!

emoticon 10 minutes of gentle exercise a day - started with yoga for the stress - adding a little variety now...the kids love doing it too :)

emoticon Better eating and tracking it again, to see how things were faring up there. I'm still right on point when I want to be. :)

emoticon Sleep - go to bed right away when tired instead of forcing myself to stay awake for whatever stupid reason

emoticon Leaving work! well, not tonight for a little bit, but mostly, leave it there and when there...relax and go with the flow. I have a very hyper active coworker I really respect and like .... I actually get more calm around his high energy. Strange, but true.

emoticon Change up the wardrobe! Shopped in my closet today, made me feel....good!! That really probably has nothing to do with the twitch. emoticon

It's nice to feel more "normal" again....maybe it was also weird energy, because another friend of mine was saying she was "off" as well....and she is really into that aura and earth energy stuff.

Going to keep up the tracking and vitamin a little longer - cut back to every other day, like I normally would if I was actually consistent with the giant horse pills! LoL

Looking forward to the long weekend....should be relaxing. That's what I am planning to do: relax!!!

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BEINGERIN 8/29/2014 12:15PM

    Excellent strategies! Sounds like a recipe for a great weekend. Enjoy!

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/29/2014 8:05AM

    Ugh I've had a reoccurring twitch too! To the point I was having a hard time seeing! Aren't they SO annoying?! Stress, lack of sleep, hydration, and vitamins - you nailed exactly what they say will fix it! Hopefully it has been banished for a long time! Enjoy your weekend!

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KANOE10 8/29/2014 7:59AM

    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better and that twitch is gone! Eating well, hydrating, taking vitamins, and getting rest are so helpful. I am a yoga fan as well and think that even 10 minutes helps your body and your mind.

Well done ..good job of taking care of yourself!

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The twitch

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The twitch started last Thursday. It's a neck thing, that is the only way I can describe it, and it does catch me off guard at times, but I am pretty sure it is stress related.....and I am monitoring it, so no...I have not gone to a doctor yet.... but don't worry, I will if it continues... but first....

First I have to analyze what is going on in my world, because usually, stress gives me a pain in the neck with stiff muscles...and this is in the same area, so that's why I am not freaking out just yet.

OK ---- let the analysis begin!

work: stressful - the last 3 weeks, most def. Can't get in to details, but there it is.

Family: stressful - why? because summer is basically over and I feel like I didn't have one. Booohooo...poor me, right? Nah, not with all that "me time" in July, but I do feel like I missed out on being with the kids this time around. There is more this category, but the aforementioned is the most on my mind

School year: stress - it's coming on fast! just thinking about the morning routine is stressing me out a bit....I don't have everything ready for them to go back. One weeknight out at Staples will fix that, but still.... The lunches, the arguments over what to give them for that and breakfast, and outfits... yay. And the bus schedule... yay. Add that on top of the mom-not-being-there guilt and that equals more stress! yay

Labor day party/birthday party for my son: stress - I don't want to have a big thing. I just don't. So I am not. My sis just had one, and I am just not up for it. I was barely sociable at hers - bad mood central (which I apologized to her for, and she understands - we get each other) - so why am I going to do something I don't want to? The answer is this: I am not - I raise the white flag.

Eating: horrific - high salt content, alcohol, no freggies in a while - lacking in nutrition overall (well yesterday and today are better and tracked - a fresh start)

Exercise: nonexistent (well, it was up until last night - and now again tonight - using the Sparkguy's 10 minute exercise challenge as my Spark to get moving this week)

Weight: for me: scary! I just broke 140 for the first time in a very very long time on the scale yesterday (thanks to the weekends salt and beer intake for sure - it was fun while it lasted) and today, I was down 3 pounds - go figure) but I think I am stressing over this subconsciously.... I need to cut myself some slack while I am reigning it in for the bazillionth time. Which is what I am doing, as usual when I get out of my range, but why am I stressing? Because I am.....because I have a health coaching client....and that makes me want to be a good inspiration and lead by example.

The last 3 - I have the power to control, so I am going to. I have done it before. I am thinking that the neck twitch is also nutrient based since I have been eating so poorly. I even took a multivitamin, 2 days in a row, just to see if I felt better - and yes....I feel better already. Something to my theory.

Now work stress will take time to regulate, but it's doable....this too shall pass. I am still getting used to the place it seems...the different people/personalities....etc etc

Family stress - again....this too shall pass, it's part of the cycle of life of being a mom and working. Going to go camping in the next few months - that helps to have something to look forward to :)

The twitch - my gut is telling me that this too shall pass now that I am more aware of things. Sitting here, quiet, writing - nothing. Last night with yoga poses - nothing. Dozing off & sleep - nothing. High stress work - zap! Twitch out of the blue!

Biofeedback is key when you come across something new....My Nana was a big believer in that. You need to learn to listen.

So I am listening.

And now....I am going to do my 10 minutes of exercise

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NUOVAELLE 8/28/2014 2:27AM

    I can relate. With everything apart from the job stress which for me is unemployment stress, which is also stressful enough. And I have no magic wand to help the stress sources disappear and make everything perfect. But I know this, Annie. Stress never helped anyone, through anything in any way. And even though I repeat it to myself day in and day out, I still don't seem to get it. But I know it's true so I thought I'd repeat it to a friend who's in the same boat. So, let's both keep it in mind along with the "This, too, shall pass" line from your blog.

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DALID414 8/26/2014 11:02PM

    My nephew just started Kindergarden and just the shopping for supplies took over 4 hours! I can't imagine it gets any easier.

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UMBILICAL 8/26/2014 7:30PM

  Had it.

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GEORGE815 8/26/2014 7:29PM

    You have a lot on your plate.

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The small things

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Just when you think it's safe to go back in the water.....

Just when you think the good week you are rocking is going to continue as such...

emoticon You get a "reality" check that makes you doubt and kick yourself down to the curb.....

but then......

Out of the blue, you get a compliment that was unexpected, and you hold onto it for dear life as that one positive thing that can float you along for a little bit because, for some reason, your hormones and the upcoming full moon decided to play their evil game of "let's make this bigger in her head than it should be" game.

True enough, that is has been what was going on since Monday for me. An OK start to a week bought me to an old friend who always says what's on his mind when we link up, who gives me the open compliment of how awesome I look (because he is still in shock I think) and gives the biggest hugs throughout the hour we were together, just because he has to store them up because he misses me. Nice huh? Makes me want to get together more often instead of just once a year! LoL And as we calendar is out right now with free dates on it!

Yesterday, I made a dorky comment to someone, basically putting myself down in a negative/positive way, and he genuinely and quickly commented that I WAS really cool and he totally would want to work for me if given the chance. I wish I could remember my words but I was in shock and happily surprised when he responded so quickly in a positive to me. Totally made me smile that I was having a positive impact and I was liked. It was a good feeling that lasted the rest of the day!

Those small things are hard to remember when you are in a bad mindset... but they can be the little lifeline you need to get by.

My kids running up to me and hugging me hello ---- lifeline.

My morning kiss goodbye and hello kiss from my hubby --- lifeline.

My kids telling me I should try out for a tv show because of some silly talent I only show them and them thinking I am awesome when I do it ---- lifeline.

Talking with my kids openly and teaching them how to be good people...and then seeing them do it all on their own ---- lifeline.

They old saying "don't sweat the small stuff" is constantly running through my head right now... sure, that is very true when it comes to a negative that shouldn't be blown up into a major issue, but the other parts of the small stuff - the positive stuff? Those parts should be held onto and cherished.... locked away in out mind's vault to bring us back up when we start sweating the negative small stuff and before it begins eroding all that was built up for the good of our being.

There are tons of positive things we can all list about ourselves - we probably just don't do it enough. Acknowledging those positive strengths can be the lifesaver when we need it most.

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DALID414 8/7/2014 3:25PM

    This week has been all about the small stuff, especially a very cherished 5 year old in my life!

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KANOE10 8/7/2014 9:22AM

    I also like your ending. Acknowledging our positive strengths can be a lifesaver. It is the small precious joys in our days that make our lives meaningful. I am glad you have such a good friend who values you. LIfe does have this tendency to drop things on you out of the blue and hit hard. It is important to stay focused on the positive when it does!

Thanks for sharing. I needed this reminder today.

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TORTISE110 8/7/2014 7:20AM

    Love your finish, in particular: "There are tons of positive things we can all list about ourselves - we probably just don't do it enough. Acknowledging those positive strengths can be the lifesaver we need it most."


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WEARINGTHIN 8/7/2014 6:10AM

    Sounding like gratitude. Glenn

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There is no magic pill

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ugh.... diet drinks.

Hi everyone, my name is ___________, and if you buy my magic diet drink, you too can look like this in 30 days!

Ugh.... supplements.

Hi everyone, my name is __________, and this brand supplement drink shake___________ will help you lose adipose tissue.

Ugh... vitamin pills.

Hi everyone, my name is ________, and if you take these 4 vitamin pills of these various plant extracts, you too can loose adipose tissue.

emoticon Now, let me tell you this: the first one is from 2 friends on facebook...the next 2 are from numerous health coaches I am in contact with from the unnamed course I am doing.

emoticon Really people?

In the last 2 months - the amount of "you too can look this good" from shake users has gone up and up...and lucky me, I get to see it and fume with each and every entry.

The amount of "health coaches" pushing vitamin and mineral supplements, and natural oils and such is also ASTOUNDING in my eyes!

I just can't wrap my little tiny brain around this one... I would NEVER tell anyone to take anything unless I knew for CERTAIN that it wasn't going to jack up my own system.

If they want to take it on their own...go ahead, we will analyze it together and how your body reacts to it...journal it, log it, and determine (through a pre and post blood test results with your doctor) if anything has changed for the better.... but to TELL you and PUSH you to take something because I am in bed with a company for extra money??? Absolutely not.

For you see...I have been there, and done that. I did shakes. I did pills even. The only thing that works is what spark teaches here and what I will be teaching as well....except I will be rounding it out by analyzing the underlying causes and finding out the "Why".... because, people, there is a "Why" in our behavior, even if you don't want to admit it or look for it.

Want a real fix? Look in the mirror. Stare into your eyes. Say "I love you".

Bet money with that one simple act.... you will start crying because we don't tell ourselves enough that we love ourselves because a lot of people just don't love or care enough about themselves the way they should.

Anyway....I rarely unjoin something on FB because I don't want to "hurt" anyone's feelings...but this one is a must, because I just cannot see it everyday.

Will anyone from the group come back on in 4 months and say they were right back where they started???? Nope, probably not.

Is anyone going to read the review they read about liver-damage and tell them that pineapple and cucumber and drinking a ton of water do the same exact thing without hurting the body, and they don't have to pay a company to get it in a tiny "All-natural" chemical pouch??

There should be a SOAP BOX emoticon....because I sure am on it right now.

Anyway...I must have needed to vent this. Do I feel better? Meh... maybe when I leave the group....but on the other hand...that group of people might be a pool for potential clients later on. Business sided brain is saying to stay and just ignore or keep and research the reactions... it's got potential for really helping people when they come down off the drink "high".

Food for thought....that is for certain. emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/1/2014 6:34AM

    Reading this: "Bet money with that one simple act.... you will start crying because we don't tell ourselves enough that we love ourselves because a lot of people just don't love or care enough about themselves the way they should. " brought tears to my eyes because you are right. We don't love ourselves enough for who we are no matter what our strengths or weaknesses! It's wonderful you will be available with a personal experience from which you can support those who continue to struggle with body image, self-esteem, and weight issues. Know you'll be great!

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NELLJONES 7/31/2014 8:21AM

    The Lose Weight Quick industry has been around for centuries, but only recently has had the ability to reach millions so easily. I ignore it all.

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KANOE10 7/31/2014 8:12AM

    The diet industry is making huge profits with advertising miracle cures! It is good to know that you will be an honorable in your health profession. I also have tried a few of those magic pills in the past and know they do not work.
Focusing on the why or what motivates people's behavior is much more useful.

I can see the value of staying with that group for potential clients..however, will you get tired of the miracle pill pushers? I know you will figure it out with your usual creative problem solving!


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EVIE4NOW 7/31/2014 6:34AM

  Gimmicks do not work. Love the background on your site!

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