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69 and feeling fine

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Weighed in at 69 twice this week! Really pleased about it. Ate some fish and chips last night (tasted awful, that won't happen again for probably another year if ever) and some cookies today (didn't taste awful by I made them)...mainly for my father in law for helping us renovate our home but of course I had some too. More than necessary but I still tracked to stay accountable. I ran well today....faster pace than normal and clothes are still loosening up more and more. Next step is to tone more which will come as I'm working with a trainer. His focus is very holistic and functional which is different from anything I've ever done but I love it. Challenging and I am seeing results. Just wish I could afford to see him twice a week.

Anyway that's me for tonight. Need to drink more water and get a bit stricter to get down to that leaner 64/65kg. But I'm ready and excited to work on it! Yay!
-nmk

  
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KNAPSPLASH 7/14/2013 8:56PM

    Hey guys, I work in Kilograms as I live in New Zealand....used to do pounds but no scales here are in pounds and it was a pain in the bum to constantly convert so I've just switched. I DO NOT weight 69 pounds, haha...I weight 69 kg which works out to about 152lbs.

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CBLENS 7/14/2013 11:06AM

    the water will definitely help you get there!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/14/2013 9:20AM

    Good for you!

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BILL60 7/14/2013 8:35AM

    I was worried at first. Thought you were talking lbs.

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_LINDA 7/14/2013 8:01AM

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Sounds like you got this!
I read it should only take three sessions with a trainer for them to come up with a good workout regimen that will suit you. It would be expensive to keep up an ongoing relationship as nice as that would be.
Good luck with it!

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GHOSTFLAMES 7/14/2013 6:34AM

    69 MEANING 69 POUNDS GONE????? HOPE SO AND NOT YOUR WEIGHT OR THERE IS A PROBLEM. TAKE CARE AND GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY.

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Just checking in

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Just a wee blog to say "hi" to everyone and check in. It's been a couple of weeks since I last wrote/checked in and it's been a bit busy. I've stagnated a bit but knowingly. I feel a bit ick right now as I ate a BUNCH of mac n cheese just now and it's sitting heavy in my tummy.

Things have been good, I haven't lost weight and I haven't really gained. Had a big weekend and didn't rack like crazy nor did I eat like crazy either. I guess you could say that I was eating normally I suppose.

Anyway, I need to reset a bit tomorrow and re-focus so that is why I'm writing. Today was the first day I haven't tracked since April.

So anyway, this is just my statement to say that I am back into it full swing tomorrow and look forward to seeing you all around in the coming weeks!

-NMK

  
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CBLENS 7/7/2013 8:37AM

    It's ok to have those times, when we slow down, but you are back to healthy now. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/7/2013 6:23AM

    Wonderful!

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Sick but tomorrow back to it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I've spent the last three days sick. Not working out. But I feel as though today it's starting to come right so tomorrow back on the horse. Eating hasn't been awful nor amazing...I've paid attention to my food as opposed to saying "we'll I'm sick I'm just going to eat whatever I want" because that's a slippery slope.

So instead I'm going to tighten things up a bit, be a bit more strict until I get to my goal and then I should actually be able to live a similar lifestyle to, well, how I've been living the past three days (but also with exercise involved!). Eating normally....making healthy choices but eating at a maintenance amount instead of a deficit amount.

Here's to feeling good tomorrow and good health forever!
-nmk

  
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BILL60 6/19/2013 10:04AM

    Hang in there!!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/19/2013 7:18AM

    Very good! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 6/19/2013 7:07AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Days are getting harder, why???

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So the last week or so has been tough. Real tough. Like really, really, really tough. Just trying to emphasize that. I went over my calories today because for the first time since I re-started back in April I actually felt, well, a little defeated to be honest.

This is how I've felt the last week or so:

I feel hungry and tired ALL THE TIME. This happened last time around at this point in my sparkpeople effort and people suggested I wasn't eating enough or I was working out too much for what I was eating. I have been horribly underestimating my calories burned compared to what I actually do so I have increased my weekly burn on the start menu, which has increased my minimum calories about 200.

Despite that, I'm not sure what it was or what it is now but it's frustrating. I just want to eat everything in site. Oh and I'm SICK of measuring and weighing EVERYTHING. It's getting tedious and because I feel tired I think that is making the calorie counting even MORE tedious.

Maybe to make it a bit easy over the next few days I may try to eat really simple foods and stuff that is easy to track like Subway sandwiches, canned tuna, stuff with really really clear nutrition labels and only one or two servings so it's more straightforward. Just to give myself a break from counting every tiny crouton or gram of cheese, etc.

I've also worked out what my "maintenance" calorie amount is (isn't SP great?!) and I made sure that even though I went OVER my deficit calorie amount today I didn't go over my maintenance amount. So that's something right?

I don't know, what do you guys think? I'd love some opinions on this and stories about what any of you have done in tough spots like this. I know I need to be kind to myself and if I start freaking out over an imperfect day I will be setting myself up for the wrong kind of lifestyle, but I'm curious....is this just a normal lull where my body and mind are resisting the weight loss?

Thanks in advance for any input guys!

-NMK

  
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BRTRAINS 6/11/2013 7:10PM

    Hi, You need to eat smaller meals every 3-4 hours, and the meals have to contain balanced parts of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat... Just worrying about counting calories is old school ... You need to keep muscle and lose body fat, If you are just counting calories and losing weight without adequate proteins etc you'll always be hungry as your blood sugar is jumping all around, You want the blood sugar to be balanced throughout the day... Metabolism will speed up, you'll lose body fat and you won't be hungry all the time.. Let me know how you make out.. Good luck

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COCK-ROBIN 6/11/2013 7:02PM

    A bad day is just a bad day. You can pick yourself up and do it again. I have confidence in you.

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RESIPSA99 6/11/2013 11:45AM

    Had those days, too...

I think that your plan of simple stuff is a good one. Weight Watchers has a program that allows you to eat until you are full from a limited list of "clean" foods. You could try that for a day or two and see if it helps.

But I wouldn't beat yourself up for a day or two over your calories. When I lost the 75lb a few years ago (that I then slowly put back on after not being thoughtful about my eating), I regularly had a day every week or so where I intentionally went over my allocation for the day. My (non-nutritionist) theory was that it actually helped me avoid plateaus, as it kept my body from thinking that it was in permanent low calorie/starvation mode. Anyway, it worked for me, and made me feel less deprived and imprisoned in general.

You've been doing fantastic, and have inspired me (and I'm sure others) to get back to consistently eating well and tracking. emoticon

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BILL60 6/11/2013 8:48AM

    I would re-shuffle my routine. Make it a bit exciting versus boring.

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SARBRO928 6/11/2013 8:41AM

  I think when you are hungry, you eat. I know that’s hard to hear when you are dieting and trying to lose weight, but your body is probably not making this hunger up. Drink a cup of water first, and then find a healthy, protein and fiber rich snack.

Next – measuring food is tedious. It will always be. At some point, you get good at the eye-balling. If it’s something you use infrequently, you’ll always measure – otherwise you have a good idea of what a portion looks like (1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon, half cup, cup, etc). You won’t always need those tools – so don’t be discouraged.

I don’t like sparkpeople’s default nutrition goals. The calorie number is too low – particularly for active people. I think your body is screaming at you for something – be it protein, fats, or just plain old calories. At some point you have to drop the reins (sparkpeople’s guidelines) and listen to your own body. If you aren’t super stressed and your body is “hungry all the time” it probably really needs something.

I’m curious what spark gives you for nutrition goals. If I were you, rather than going by the ‘burned’ rated for your activity subtracted from your calorie model – I would calculate your TDEE and base your diet on that. It’s really tough to know exactly how many calories your body is burning in activity – this gives you a basic number for maintenance throughout the day. Then you do what you will with it. Mine is about 2200, so I like to calorie cycle around that. My calories typically fall between 1450 (low day) and 1950 (high day). When I stick to it, I lose about .5-1 pounds a week. That may not sound like much – but it’s a sustainable weight loss plan that works for me.

Find what works for you! Good luck.
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CBLENS 6/11/2013 8:22AM

    Some days I feel the same way, I'm just hungry all day, which leads to snacking...I try to do more cardio, when it happens.

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BLUENOSE63 6/11/2013 7:23AM

  If you are that hungry, you need to be eating more protein followed by a healthy carb. Look for foods that are dense in nature and fill you up. There is no rule that says you can't eat oatmeal twice a day or even for a snack.

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FERRETLOVER1 6/11/2013 6:51AM

    I'm not sure why you are feeling this way...but emoticon emoticon
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My only suggestion is to hang in there and NOT GIVE UP! This feeling will pass and you will be energized again.

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10 French fries made me feel sick...

Monday, June 10, 2013

I ate about ten French fries at a work function tonight and felt ill afterwards. Not sure why as I still treat myself to rich foods every now and again (mainly ice cream though). Maybe it was the grease? Anyway it wasn't nice. And the same thing happened after that "amazing" meal I blogged about last week. Was great at first but then that night and the next day I felt so ill. Heartburn, bloated and almost like I had a weird food hangover. I hadn't even overeaten.

Maybe this is just my body's way of telling me what isn't good for it? Kind of a shame as something I loved about SP is the idea of a balanced lifestyle but if some treats make me feel sick or awful, that just doesn't fit into the balance at all! Maybe I will grow to associate the sick feeling I get later with the initial good taste of some of these items to the point where I no longer even want things like French fries and stuff for a treat!

Anyway, in addition to this blog I'm down to 71.9 kg and almost in the 60s I've been really hungry lately but managing my calories ok. Hope to be at 70 by weeks end and in the 60s in two weeks time!

-nmk

  
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DDOORN 6/10/2013 1:17PM

    Have heard of that happening to others sometimes...yep, my bet is the grease is the killer!

Great to see oneself weaning away from such things! :-)

Don

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RESIPSA99 6/10/2013 12:16PM

    I have a similar thing happen to me when I have a greasy meal after eating "clean" healthy on a regular basis. It has stopped me from eating certain foods that used to be regulars (tempura and fastfood pizza, for example), so that is probably a good thing long term.

Congrats on doing so well on the journey!

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BILL60 6/10/2013 9:07AM

    Sounds like a plan.

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CBLENS 6/10/2013 8:33AM

    It's great when our body tells us "I don't like the bad foods" Congrats on the weight loss.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/10/2013 7:27AM

    Wonderful!

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FERRETLOVER1 6/10/2013 6:43AM

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