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Day 3 on point with the plan

Monday, April 26, 2010

I weighed in down 5.4 pounds this morning since Saturday. Talk about water loss! Holy guacamole! Usually, I do really well out of the gate, and then I fizzle out in a couple of weeks. I need to really stay focused so that I can stay doing really well.

My eating today has been spectacular, right bang on 1200 calories. I did a 30 minute stationary bike ride today, and the 20 minute dumbbell strength training video with 10 pounds. I was sweating like a stear! The 30 minute cardio session fits into my day so easily, it is a breeze to get it done. I am going to work on tweaking a few things in my diet. Do I want to spend over 100 calories on toppings like salad dressing, margarine and sour cream, or would I be better served to use that budget for some fruit and vegetables. I think the latter. I will keep that in mind when I plan my food for tomorrow.

  
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FLYFIGHTER 4/27/2010 8:54AM

    it is EXACTLY like balancing a check book sometimes LOL

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CINDYTW 4/26/2010 11:48PM

  God bless you sticking to 1200! I can barely do 1550! I was struggling with 1710! You are doing great keep it up! emoticon

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BEFIT014 4/26/2010 9:27PM

    emoticon on working through your eating plan!

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ANNE322 4/26/2010 8:56PM

    way to go!

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AGINGDAISIES 4/26/2010 8:42PM

    Look at you go! AWESOME!!!!

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KARENEJ 4/26/2010 8:42PM

    Way to go, hang in there! emoticon

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I have a dream!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

And a plan to back it up! I am going to lose this last 45 pounds, and I am going to do it by October 9. Here is my plan

Calories: 1200-1300 6 days a week, 1550 or so 1 day a week with a cheat meal and snack involved.

Cardio: 4 day rotation, Aerobics, Bike, Rollerblade, Run. 30 minutes daily.

Strength Training: M, W, F, Sparkpeople 20 minute Dumbbell routine. When I do aerobics, I will complete the strength training at the end of the program.

8 - 10 cups of water daily. Planning ahead. Tracking everything for at least 1 month straight. Getting adequate sleep. Participating in some shorter distance, really fun runs. Ovarian Cancer 5K run in May, Dirty Dash 8K in July (finish line is at the end of a mud pit! My kidlets are excited about this one). My big reward for reaching my goal weight will be a rock wall outing and begin training for my second half marathon(perhaps 30K instead).

I have two days under my belt of my lower calorie range, and today was tough. I avoided the temptations and danger zone of my MIL's dinner by logging all my food while I was there. I am down 4 pounds of water already, the tough part is the next couple of days. I need to be strong and stick to my plan. I am really good at making a strong start, and then I give up on my goals. I must not let that happen this time.

Thanks so much to everyone who left comments on my blog, page and status updates. Your support was monumental, and really reminded me of how important this is to me! Thanks guys! I plan to return the favour when you need support!

  
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FLYFIGHTER 4/26/2010 1:58PM

    YAY! I am so happy to see this!!! Your tracker & pre-tracking looks pretty good too. Keep it up with all the veggies so you don't feel too hungry, but watch the condiments. Fake/spray butter instead of margarine, maybe? Keep looking for ways to add fiber too--that'll keep you full & everything "moving along" hehehe.

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AGINGDAISIES 4/26/2010 10:09AM

    YAY!! You are going to be great!

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CINDYTW 4/26/2010 8:20AM

  Great that you have it planned out! You can do it!

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BEFIT014 4/26/2010 7:02AM

    GREAT plan!

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DEUSMACHINA 4/26/2010 3:12AM

    YAY!!!! We so knew you could do it! Atta girl!

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CINDYC53 4/26/2010 12:58AM

    Yay, Goddess! You've made a great plan and you can do it!

Remember, you only have to deal with one day at a time!
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ROOT4HOME 4/26/2010 12:44AM

    You can do it!! You have a plan and you sound determined!! We're here for you if you need support!! emoticon

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FRIENDOFBACH 4/25/2010 11:38PM

  Keep at it, keep coming back to this website, read the motivational material, post messages, try to get as many points as possible (it can become a game) and you'll do great.
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TMCK-40 4/25/2010 11:37PM

  Hey there. Great Plan - you and I are at the same place.........lets keep each other motivated!

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Really struggling

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I am having a very hard time convincing myself that sticking to losing weight is worth it. My half marathon is over, so I should be able to get back to a self guided exercise program, but honestly it isn't happening. I am not sure how much of a base I should be maintaining in my running so that when I do get to my goal weight, training for another half marathon will not involve having to start at square one. My eating was going well for a couple of days, then, I got my TOM, and my cravings are running wild, and I am running right along with them! I need to sit down and make a plan for my current phase of weight loss. But, every time I make a plan, I give up on it. Just feeling really lost after having had a solid plan for over a year and making no weight loss progress. I will stop whining now, and get down to figuring this out.

  
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AFRISAM 4/25/2010 1:08AM

    Hi! How about finding a new goal? Maybe another half???
Or start with baby steps....how about tracking and staying within range for a week and build from there.
I don't know...I DO know how tough it is fighting off the cravings though....very difficult!
YOU CAN DO IT though!

Yours in running,

Sam


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CINDYC53 4/25/2010 12:56AM

    I totally emphathize with you! For me, if I didn't have the tracker and the little guide reminding me of my nutritional "goals" I'd be a goner. If I stay toward the low end of my allotment and I work at getting in my fitness minutes, I lose. It might be slow, but that's a LOT better than the 1 lb up, 1lb down, 1 lb up pattern of my past!! SP has so many tools for us to use -- I know you can find some to help you. Have you read The Spark? That helps me, too.

My big thing is just tackling THIS ONE DAY. I try to plan my food in advance on my tracker and I play with it until the calories are in the right zone. I might not make it perfectly through the day, but if i do I feel great - like I have reached an AWESOME goal! And then I start again.

You've maintained your weight for a year and not gained it back like 95% of the rest of people who lose, so you are already a Winner!! Sounds like you are ready for the next phase:)
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BEFIT014 4/24/2010 10:00PM

    I've always heard that once 'the big event' is over it's hard to focus again. It's kind of like a 'OK, NOW what?' situation. I have no great words of wisdom to offer, unfortuneately. But, knowing you, YOU WILL FIGURE IT OUT! emoticon

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AGINGDAISIES 4/24/2010 9:30PM

    I wish I had something great to say! :) But all I can think to say is look where you started and where you are now! I have to keep remembering that myself, even though I have plateaued on my weight I have to remind myself that the 2nd half is going to take twice as much work as the first half, but it will be worth it! I know for me I have realized I am not doing as good as I did when I started, and so I am searching for that *thing* that pushed me then!

You are an amazing inspiration to me & I can only promise you that I will challenge the heck out of you after November! until then I have to just hope to maintain! :) but you will be to your goal by then!

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DEUSMACHINA 4/24/2010 7:40PM

    Yep, end of big event lostness. I think it happens to everyone! You will sort it out. You will get back on track. You know you will! The only other option is giving up, and I hardly think you're likely to do that! So hang in there. You'll get fired up over a new goal, and you'll be off and away!

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CINDYTW 4/24/2010 12:47PM

  Just because you aren't training for anything doesn't mean you can't follow a plan...look at some training schedules and use it to keep you on track. It helps, I think! I am using a modified one for a 10K, that I started way earlier than I needed to just to have a schedule to follow. The food tracker is the best place to start...if I plan ahead and keep myself accountable to log every bite I do much better. Good luck!

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FLYFIGHTER 4/24/2010 11:20AM

    Hey there! Sorry you are having a rough time. Whenever I see posts about stagnant weight loss, I go straight to the person's tracker, and I see that it looks like that would be a place to start building consistency in your case. Measure/weigh your food & use the tracker for 1 month straight and I bet you see results. Results will help fuel motivation. In order to lose any weight, you MUST create a persistent caloric deficit over time. That will not happen if you are good 5 days of the week and then overeat, say, on the weekends. It will just balance out--which looks like the case for you since you have said you have maintained the same weight for a year. (BUT at least no gain, right? That is a good thing!)

It is difficult to train for events & also lose weight at the same time, so now's the perfect time to focus on the weight you still want to take off. Just include running in your cardio routine 3-4 days a week, and do some resistance training on the other 3 days. Vary the runs just like you did in training, long/easy/tempo. If you decide to do another marathon, you will have to build your base miles back up a bit, but you already know that you can do that, and all marathons require that build-up--you are not going to just be in a constant state of marathon readiness, that's not realistic, is it? Just think how much faster you will run when you have 30-40lbs less weight to carry...

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NINJALINDA 4/24/2010 11:02AM

    Once your 'big event' is over, it can be really hard to get back to the program...or even figure out what 'the program' is. We all go through this from time to time - don't get too down on yourself (or heavens no...don't give up!). Give yourself some time to work through the process, or maybe there's another goal that could motivate you and keep you on track? I'm sure you'll figure it out.

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WISEWIFE 4/24/2010 10:59AM

    I'd suggest setting down what your end goal is, then finding baby steps to get to it.
Hugs,
WW

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Incredibly emotional evening.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I had a very good day today, feeling tired, but made it through most of the day pretty well. Then, in the evening, I had some serious aggression issues with my youngest child which sends me into an emotional spiral most of the time and I deal with it by eating. Being really hungry and tired earlier today, I over did it on carbs, so I had no calorie room to overeat again in the evening, and honestly, my stomach was still pretty full. I had a really nice chicken vegetable soup I cooked up for supper, and that was less than 200 calories, but it was just enough. I also spent some time releasing some frustration by doing some strength training, and 10 minutes on the elliptical. It was a much better solution than the chocolate I considered frequently over the evening. I am completely drained now at 11 pm, gotta switch over my laundry and get to bed.

  
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LYNNOTT 4/22/2010 1:39PM

    emoticon control!!!! Way to stick to your caloric intake and not blow it! Believe me, even when they're in their 30's your kids can still stress you out!

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AGINGDAISIES 4/22/2010 10:06AM

    I wish I had been as good as you yesterday! We were with out power for 5 hours... nearly 3 of it before DD#1 got home from school, we were doing okay, but she got home and with in 5 min #1 & #2 were bickering & fighting and I lost it big time, I didn't feel good for the rest of the day, and without power I couldn't make myself a decent snack and ended up eating crap! At least today is a fresh start! :)

emoticon I wish I could award you extra spark points! :)

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BSTAKINGACTION 4/22/2010 7:51AM

    Excellent job. I so wish I'd had you on my shoulder last night. Stress eating is the bain of my existence. Good for you for making those good choices last night!

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GOEGIRL 4/22/2010 12:35AM

    STREEEEEEESSSSS!!!! It does tend to rear its ugly head in copious quantities this time of year doesn't it? I had a four-year-old with a TWO hour tantrum today, so IKWYM! I went out for a run and felt like I was wearing cement bags on my feet, but I guess it kept me away from the chips.

Anyhoo, nothing helpful to add, just a big hug from a commiserating mom! WTG keeping the goals in mind even when the circumstances begged another course of action! emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 4/21/2010 11:43PM

    Good job working out rather than eating chocolate.
Sorry you are having problems with your child!

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ROOT4HOME 4/21/2010 11:25PM

    WTG on doing ST & getting on the elliptical instead of the goodies!! Going to think of this blog next time I want to eat out of frustration!! emoticon

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DENISECM 4/21/2010 11:22PM

  Hi Ya Goddess!
Sorry about the kiddo! Sometimes the ones we love can irk us the most. Boy do I know what you meanabout the candy stuff... I really don't want any but I am hunting it down. I could swear I had at lease one peanut butter cup left.... My child has moved across the country and we can still get each other going! But I miss the little bugger! Good luck with yours and remember: Kids, ya can't divorce them, and ya can't kill em, So just LOVE em to death!

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ORACLE2010 4/21/2010 11:15PM

    Good job on sticking to your goals and making more positive choices!!!! emoticon

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BEFIT014 4/21/2010 11:15PM

    Don't ya hate when your kids send you over the edge?! Amber does that to me at least 3 times a week. But at least you didn't go for the chocolate! emoticon YOU!!

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Shish Kebob for dinner

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

We made shish kebob for dinner tonight, the kidlets loved making up their spears and seeing the results. They were loading up on veggies tonight! It was so colourful, it was really fun. A lot of work! Well worth it.

  
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AGINGDAISIES 4/21/2010 10:43PM

    don't tell my hubby he has been craving them! maybe we will make those on Saturday after a long day in the garden/yard! :)

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FLYFIGHTER 4/20/2010 11:44PM

    So great to get the kids into it too!

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ROOT4HOME 4/20/2010 10:34PM

    Sounds yummy!! emoticon

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