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Goodbye 170!!!!

Monday, April 07, 2014

I peeked at the scale this morning because I just could not resist any longer and I was ecstatic to see that I crushed 170! I now weigh 167.8! Woohoo!! I lost 3 pounds exactly! For the last 2 weeks I stayed at 170.8. I knew that I should have lost weight those weeks but it never showed up on the scale until today. I was expecting a good number, but 3 pounds blew my mind! Hard work and dedication sure pay off! Hello to a healthier, happier, and skinnier me! emoticon emoticon

  
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WANT2BFIT43 4/14/2014 1:00PM

    Awesome job!!

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DWORB415 4/8/2014 11:10AM

    Thanks! emoticon

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CORKYTHEMOM1 4/8/2014 8:08AM

    emoticon Brittany on your weight loss! emoticon


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PANFRIEDTROUT 4/7/2014 10:19PM

   
glad to see your hard work is paying off! I'm doing a virtual backflip /happy dance for ya!

Marie

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DFOLKARD 4/7/2014 3:36PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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EMMACORY 4/7/2014 2:05PM

    emoticon So happy to hear that your choices are paying off! emoticon

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UMBILICAL 4/7/2014 11:05AM

  Aha!

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Goals This Month

Monday, March 31, 2014

My goals for April:


1.) Average 1,800 calories per day
2.) Reach 700 fitness minutes this month
3.) Focus on cutting my bad emotional eating days this month. Four or less is what I am shooting for this month.
4.) Focus on non-scale victories this month
5.) Weigh in only once per week (I have a bad habit of weighing in every day and getting disappointed with the fluctuations in my weight. It really takes away from the excitement of losing a pound.)


  
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EMMACORY 4/2/2014 9:38PM

    Very do-able and attainable. emoticon emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 4/1/2014 9:31PM

   
With specific goals like that, you will surely accomplish them!

Marie

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Picture Progress

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I have heard that taking pictures of yourself along your journey is a great way to see your progress. I have been taking pictures monthly and today I finally put a bunch of them side by side. I studied the before and now pictures, and even though I have lost a total of 11 pounds, I do not see a difference.

Maybe 11 pounds is too small of an amount to see a difference? I was hoping a visual realization of my progress would be a great motivator, but now that I don't see it, I am a bit disappointed. I know that I have lost pounds, inches, and sizes, but I don't know why I cannot see it in the pictures. Some day I hope I can finally see the changes in my body.

  
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WANT2BFIT43 3/28/2014 8:06AM

    Eleven pounds is GREAT!!

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EMMACORY 3/24/2014 9:31PM

    Sometimes it is hard to see the change in ourselves. Keep moving forward....you are on your way. Celebrate all those NSV! emoticon

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DWORB415 3/24/2014 3:44PM

    Yes, you are right. I am committed and I will continue to push even though I cannot see the physical changes. If I keep on keeping on, my hard work will show and I can already feel a difference. Another 10 pounds is my next goal! Thanks guys!

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FITFRIT 3/24/2014 1:08AM

    I'd say do a 20 lb comparison. Or do comparisons at certain time intervals. Baby steps, going too fast and being disappointed doesn't lead to lasting results. You are here, you are committed, and you CAN do this!

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PANFRIEDTROUT 3/23/2014 11:18PM

   
11 pounds is great!

I understand your disappointment but in another 11 pounds you WILL see a difference! in the meantime, keep pushing forward and celebrate those other non scale victories.

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FITWITHIN 3/23/2014 11:55AM

    Picture and measurements are great was to see your progress be sides the scale. Keep up the great work, and congratulations on the eleven pounds. emoticon

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TRAVELGO 3/23/2014 11:38AM

  11 pounds is AWESOME!!!

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AJB121299 3/23/2014 11:27AM

    keep going

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Mindfulness is Key

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Last night I felt a strong urge to binge and eat all the sweets in my house.The moment I got home from work yesterday, I blew off my work out and didn't want to eat my healthy dinner of fish, wild rice, and broccoli. I wanted fast food, junk food, pizza, as much calories and fat as possible. My brain is hard-wired to want unhealthy food when I am feeling down. No matter how strong my will power is or my desire to lose weight is, once I get into that kind of mood, it's almost impossible to talk myself out of it. Luckily, I managed to talk myself out of it!


I think this was the first time I've ever stopped a binge. Normally I give in and eat what I want and my calorie counting goes OUT of the window. I have been very determined to stop binge eating and to do well this week. So, I thought about why I wanted those foods and how it would negatively affect me. I ate a snack and tried stalling the binge. I watched an episode of Bones and kept thinking about how I would make the urge go away. I ate a bowl of grits with cheese, since it is a comfort food for me and it wouldn't be too many calories. I also ate an Oreo. That helped soothe my urge, but I was still hungry. I still wanted junk...and lots of it. I then decided to eat one of my pre-made frozen meals. I would probably be over my calorie range for the day, but not nearly as bad as it would be if I went on a binge.

I was full and the urge to eat was gone, but the sweet tooth still lingered. Then I realized I decided I could eat sweets on Mondays, Fridays, and a mystery day during the week. It was Friday! I ate a cupcake with a glass of milk. Afterward, I was fine. I started doing chores so I will have time to hang out with friends this weekend. I was extremely proud of myself! I may have eaten more than I would have liked, but compared to what would have happened otherwise, I'll take it. I logged my foods and I was surprised to see that I actually didn't go over my allotted calories for the day. I was at the high end, but still within my range. Score!

Now, I just need to catch up on my fitness minutes! emoticon

  
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EMMACORY 3/29/2014 9:54PM

    That is a marvelous NSV! You have blogged about here and so the next time temptation knocks on your door just read what you wrote here. I am proud of you! emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 3/25/2014 7:39PM

   
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and you are correct .............

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Marie

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10 Weeks of Food Tracking Reveals TOO Much Sugar!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I spent some time evaluating my food choices over the last couple of days and I decided to take a look at my food journal. I have about 10 weeks worth of journaling, so I got a pretty clear picture of what my eating habits are like. I was surprised, to say the least.

For each week, I calculated different categories: caloric intake, how many work-outs, work-out minutes, how many sweets, and how many calories were in the sweets that I ate. The sugar category explained a lot. The weeks that I went over my average intake were also the weeks I ate too many sweets.

One week I ate as much as 2,200 calories of added sweet treats. That is well over a day's worth of calories. Then I realized that the extra sugar I have been consuming is preventing me from losing weight. Not only does it add up to too many extra calories, but I've noticed that it also sets me up for binge eating, adding even more unnecessary calories.

For several other weeks I noticed that the calories I burned while exercising simply negated all of the sweets I ate that week. I was very angry with myself when I realized that. All of that hard work I have been doing and I've been eating it away with sugar. Why do I let something so small ruin such progress? I do not know, but I am glad I am aware of this information.

Looking forward, I will make more of a conscious effort to cut sugar from my diet. I am a sugar addict, but there must be a way for me to overcome this. I will not stop trying and eventually I will fix the problem.

  
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DWORB415 3/19/2014 7:57AM

    I never was much of a soda drinker, but when I do, I usually do drink diet soda. The cereal idea sounds helpful since cereal can be sweet but not too sweet, but filling. At first I thought having a talk with myself in the mirror about whether I want to eat the treat would be silly, but maybe it would be a good idea to argue with myself before continuing. All very good tips. Thanks for the advice! emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 3/18/2014 10:33PM

   
good job there in analyzing the calories from sweets and realizing that the amount you burned off just barely offset them

I also had a real problem with sweet things (and still struggle) *but* there are some strategies I use that often prove helpful ~

I found that if I have a small bowl of Wheaties or Bran flakes, that my urge will sometimes go away & even if I do cave in, I eat LESS sweets than I would have.

Another thing is chewing sugarless gum .... I truly enjoy the Solstice brand & their "Rain" and "Cobalt" flavors

Do you drink diet sodas? I used to consume 20 to 32 ounces daily of regular Mt Dew but a couple years ago, I converted to diet and that saves me 300 calories per day.

as another poster wrote, how about going to look in a mirror & have a chat with yourself about WHY you're going to eat the sweet and maybe ask yourself if that's what you TRULY want,. I may adopt this as a new strategy for myself

Lastly, you wrote: "I decided I will allot myself a fixed amount of calories devoted to sweets each week and slowly wean myself off of them until I only have one or two per week." ** I think that's a VERY realistic plan & "hats off" to you for coming up with it!!

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EMMACORY 3/18/2014 12:16PM

    emoticon on being able to analyze your pattern and doing detective work! I think there is a sugar challenge that SP has you might want to check out. I think it is wise to learn how to incorporate sweets into your lifestyle. The reality is most of us are not going to give them up forever. We need to learn how to manage them. I will be rooting emoticon for you! June

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DWORB415 3/18/2014 10:43AM

    Eating protein before a binge sounds good in theory, but I've tried that before and I still ate what I wanted to anyway. I ate for the taste, not fullness. It's connected to my emotional well-being, which I am trying to work out right now.

As for chewing sweets and spitting it out, you still are absorbing some of those calories and not solving the problem with being addicted to sweets. For some reason, I think chewing and spitting it out might make the problem worse for me.


I decided I will allot myself a fixed amount of calories devoted to sweets each week and slowly wean myself off of them until I only have one or two per week.

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JIBBIE49 3/18/2014 10:03AM

    I know this won't sound nice, but this worked for me to get over sugar. I knew that all I wanted was the TASTE. Dr. Atkins said that no one EVER binges on protein, but it is always SUGAR/Carbs, so he said to have a dozen hard boiled eggs in the frig and if you feel a binge need, make yourself eat the dozen hard boiled eggs first. emoticon I have never been a binge eater at all, but I have had a problem with cravings for sweets,
So, I would take the food, usually a candy bar or an ice cream bar into the bathroom, stand in front of the mirror so I could talk to myself about WHY I wanted to do this, and then take a bite, and taste it and chew it and before I was just ready to swallow, I'd spit it in the sink. Then take another bite, and continue until I was done or until I had enough talking and quit. I'd wash out the sink, brush my teeth, get some sugarless gum, and go do something, and NOT have that awful nagging voice "Harriet" in my head telling me what a horrible person I was for eating that food.

So, I know I wasted the food, but had I eaten it, it would have been in my body and still go down the drain the next day, and I avoided that. It takes a LOT of walking on a treadmill to burn off a 100 calorie small candy bar, so I never liked that idea of trying to just work it off.

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