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Third Maintenance Anniversary

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I reached my goal weight 3 years ago.
At that time I very happy, but never thought that I will be able to live a healthy lifestyle without tracking all my food and weighing in daily.
I continued tracking my food all day for 15 more months, then on and off for a while, and now I have been off tracking for 5 months.



Funny, but I keep eating the same food and same portions. That means I hardly keep any food that is hard to track, and prefer food made from few, selected ingredients.

On the other hand, I'm still tracking my fitness minutes (the report shows my weekly minutes). This is how I earn my Spark Points!


I have been in balance for quite a long time, and I'm happy and content with my lifestyle.

  
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HONEYBEESBLISS 9/17/2014 3:49PM

    YAY!!! That's awesome!!! Really this is all of ours goal to be in balance in a more natural way because it's our life!
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TIME-4-TINA 9/17/2014 3:48PM

    great job!!
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MAGGIEVAN 9/17/2014 3:33PM

    You really are an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing your story and congrats with your achievements.

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MRS.DOYLE 9/17/2014 3:07PM

    emoticon it does us all good to know that this is possible.
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EDENZMOM 9/17/2014 3:03PM

    There are not many people out there, on or off this website who can attest to that. It's quite remarkable!! you have worked hard and deserve to feel like you do!

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Maintenance without scale - week 2

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This week was good to.
I thought I wouldn't have time for exercise due to business travel, but woke up too early and had a walk and a short yoga workout before leaving.

I haven't stepped on the scale, but I must confess I'm checking out my abs every morning in the bathroom mirror. They look good, maybe even a bit better than at Day 1.

Eating goes well, I overate once: on my mom's name day, cake and salty crackers - but at least ate grapes and skipped dinner.
I'm still mindful of what I eat and how I feel.
Stepping at the scale each morning and seeing a number within range somehow made me feel I can afford some mindless behavior... so maybe it is a good thing I don't do it.

  
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EDENZMOM 9/17/2014 10:20AM

    I hope to one day be in your shoes!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/17/2014 6:03AM

    I was wondering how the experiment was going. I'm glad you're doing well. So much of this journey is a result of our mindset.
Get our minds on the right track and our bodies follow.

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SWEDE_SU 9/17/2014 5:34AM

    great experiment - it looks like you are developing a different kind of awareness that may be more conducive to the long-term!

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ROXYZMOM 9/16/2014 10:13PM

    I am happy for you!
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JANTHEBLONDE 9/16/2014 9:01PM

    You have a lot of guts! I'm so proud of you! That's awesome that you're not stepping on the scale every day! Hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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HONEYBEESBLISS 9/16/2014 5:58PM

    This is a great awareness experiment for you! I'm glad it's going so well! emoticon

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Two good runs

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friday morning it was pouring with rain when I went out to run, and it rained even harder towards the end of the run. Good I chose the rubber track around the park instead of the forest trail, at least it was not muddy.
I was totally soaked, but it was not unpleasant. The rain was warm, and formed creeks on the slopes, it was very pretty.

And today I ran a half - marathon relay, the route went around the inner city, and I had the last 7.8 km (4.85 miles). I was worried about the weather, because it was raining on and off for a few days, but I was lucky and there was no rain.
I ran in cloudy, 18 oC / 64 oF.
I think I joined the race in the last 20% of the field, so I ran a bit faster than everybody else around me.
I remembered that at least half of the people ran the full half marathon, not the relay like me, so they would probably leave me in the dust if I ran the full distance... Anyway, I ran light and easy, with walk breaks at every km sign.
Did my personal best: 9:20 min/mile!
I'm very pleased with it.
At my 2 other races I did 9:30 min/mile and those seemed much harder - weather was warm on both days, so probably the cooler temperature helped me today.
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EDENZMOM 9/15/2014 12:19PM

    great job!!

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SMILINGTREE 9/15/2014 11:23AM

    Congratulations! It's so wonderful that you still enjoy running -- and that you are still hitting personal records. It's encouraging.

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STRIVERONE 9/15/2014 12:58AM

    You are really doing well. Congratulations.

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MJREIMERS 9/14/2014 4:31PM

    emoticon job! Don't you just love when a run "goes right" and you finish happy!? emoticon !

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MOBYCARP 9/14/2014 3:32PM

    The cooler weather does help, but you also have to be fit enough and put forth the effort to have a personal best. You did this. Congratulations!

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DEB9021 9/14/2014 3:09PM

    Yes, I was treated with cooler temps for my race on Saturday and really felt the difference from my recent humid day runs. It was an 11k, and I was shocked to get a second place medal for my age group. (They had a lot of age group divisions, and not so many participants in the 11k since there was also a 5k and it's a pretty hilly course.) Still, it made me feel pretty good :-) I maintained a 4 minute run, 1 minute jog at a good pace even on the hills. At the end I even felt good enough to go to 30 second walks since it finished flat. What a difference from my runs of the previous week when I was feeling so tired and sluggish! Fall is awesome for running!

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HONEYBEESBLISS 9/14/2014 2:41PM

    Yay! That's great!!! I prefer cooler weather for sure!

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MRS.DOYLE 9/14/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon I'm totally impressed.

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/14/2014 1:34PM

    So glad you had a wonderful run! I am so proud of you! You're what Sparks is all about!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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KANOE10 9/14/2014 9:07AM

    That is great that you did your personal best and enjoyed yourself!

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ROXYZMOM 9/14/2014 8:19AM

    That is a great time! emoticon

And... I love your determination! I love the way you didn't let the twin stop you from your run!!



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What exercise gives me - and what it doesn't

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This is the first time in my life I'm able to maintain my weight loss.
I believe this is because I made exercise part of my life, a top priority.
If I have any time left after work, sleep and personal hygiene, I do it.

This is what exercise gives me:

#1: Connected me to my body, made me feel good, even before losing any weight or getting any stronger.
It was strange. At that time I only did stationary biking and easy strength training, following demos on SP Fitness page. And I found myself lying on the mat, with small dumbbells in my hands, and I was happy. I followed the instructions, and became aware of my body, and it was good to be in my body.

#2: improved my strength, flexibility and endurance - everyday tasks like walking up the stairs or carrying things became easy. I can walk forever, I can climb hundreds of stairs or bike up steep hills without stopping

#3: Some extra calories for my budget
My daily 60-90 minutes of exercise give me 200-450 calories extra, depending on what I do.
That is a big difference in the weight loss phase: an extra snack, or a bit larger portions at 1-2 meals. made me feel rich calorie-wise.
In maintenance it gives me more freedom and flexibility.

But there is one thing exercise doesn't give me: freedom to mindlessly eat huge amounts of food without gaining weight.
Before tracking my food and fitness minutes regularly, I used to believe that 1-2 workouts per weak means I am physically active and so now I can eat whatever I like...
Wrong. For example running 45 minutes 2 times a week is about 900 calories burnt for me. Divide that by 7, and I get 130 calories extra per day. That is about a small apple, or one slice of bread...
Even my recent everyday 60-90 minutes activity gives me "only" an average of 400 calories extra per day. And that is already taken into account in my maintenance nutrition plan, this is why I can have 1800-2100 calories per day.
Any mindless overeating over that range, like extra white bread, peanuts, pizza, chocolate, peanut butter will make me gain weight, just like anybody else.
So I have to pay attention and stick to my plan. It is a generous and enjoyable plan but still there is no room for mindless overeating.
I'm free to have a big lunch or dinner sometimes, but not regularly.

  
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DEB9021 9/14/2014 2:57PM

    I totally agree. The turning point for me in weight loss was when (after putting on some weight when my kids were small, and thinking I wouldn't worry about it because it just couldn't be a priority to get to the gym regularly right then) I realized that when I had to get up to do something after sitting down, it made me grumpy! And I caught myself actually grunting as i got up from the floor. I thought, when did this happen? When did my body become this big obstacle that I have to lug around instead of my vehicle to fun and adventure?

Exercise (even in small amounts of 10 minutes per morning when I started, because that's all the time I thought I had) moved me back to feeling strong, healthy, and active. And I mean almost immediately. So then I realized that it was more of a mindset than any true physical thing. But then being active reinforces itself. Soon you truly are stronger and fitter, you do have more energy and you can get so much more done in a day. Then you find you have time for exercise AND a lot more other things in your life than you realized!

But, you are also right about the eating. Not only for weight gain, but for staying fit and healthy. When you ask more of your body, you have to fuel it properly. Now that I am eating better overall, I really feel the difference when I eat junk--sluggish. You have to treat your body like you would a cherished vehicle ... Fuel it well, provide regular preventative maintenance, and then it can take you anywhere you want to go!

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MOBYCARP 9/11/2014 9:10PM

    Yup. The maintenance calorie difference between being in an air cast so I couldn't even get 10K steps per day, and now running 22-24 miles per week is about 300 calories per day. That's under 100 calories per mile run, even if I don't allow anything for simply being more active without the boot on my left foot.

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TRUE-NESS 9/10/2014 3:55PM

    emoticon emoticon You're inspiring me with that 60-90 minutes EVERY day plan! Wow!!! I really, REALLY need to step up my game. I'm still just aiming for 3x's week and sometimes not even getting that in. Wow! I'm so motivated right now.

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MRS.DOYLE 9/10/2014 1:56PM

    Very thought-provoking and it's always good to remind ourselves of how easy it would be to put it all back on again.

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HONEYBEESBLISS 9/10/2014 10:44AM

    Yup totally!!! emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/10/2014 10:35AM

    I love your blog! I'm so proud of you maintaining your weight loss! I think you have an awesome plan! That is fantastic that you found out what really works for you and what doesn't! Thanks for sharing! Way to go girl! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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EDENZMOM 9/10/2014 9:25AM

    this is an excellent piece. You really have pin-pointed exactly what you need to do and how to get there. Amazing how you have crunched all the numbers and really figured this out!
I'm going to work at it again.
Love how mindful you are!!

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KANOE10 9/10/2014 7:11AM

    That is an excellent blog. I have found the same thing. I now love exercise and discovering my body. I also try to do it daily. You are so right about exercise will not get rid of the effects of mindless eating. I did not like St either but now enjoy it and like seeing muscles. I also have discovered new ways of moving my body in yoga.

You have found a way to maintain in an enjoyable life with exercise.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/10/2014 7:02AM

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ROXYZMOM 9/10/2014 4:16AM

    I love this blog! So true! And the fact that you know this will help you immensely with your non-scale victory!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/10/2014 3:43AM

    Nice blog

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Maintenance without scale - Week 1

Monday, September 08, 2014

Status:
Eating: good - no overeating in the evening at all, the only mindless eating event was MIL's birthday lunch (wonderful yogurt-coconut cake), which I compensated by skipping dinner
Exercise: good, 4 runs, 3 walks, yoga on 6 days
Sleep: good
Stress level: low
Mood: good
Perception of weight: no change

Not stepping on the scale has been easy so far.
Today was day after huge lunch, so I was tempted to step on the scale, but then I thought: what can it show me that I don't know already? I have been doing well all week, then had this big meal, probably I'm salt and water all over, up or no change, and I need to keep eating well.
Lack of feedback from the scale makes me more mindful in the evenings. I know I have to pay attention. My portions are small and I finish each dinner with a small square of dark chocolate.

Weather is cool and rainy, so twice I ran in drizzling rain, and did a few yoga sessions inside - but tonight is starry night yoga on the terrace with DH - it is our turn when DD and DS finished their yoga session : )

  
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KANOE10 9/9/2014 7:34AM

    You are eating mindfully and staying positive. Your no scale plan is working! Good job.

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PMRUNNER 9/9/2014 6:46AM

    Way to go!

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LARRI2010 9/9/2014 6:41AM

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ROXYZMOM 9/8/2014 9:10PM

    emoticon You got this!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/8/2014 5:11PM

    I am so proud of you! Sounds like you're doing fantastic! Keep up the great work! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,
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EDENZMOM 9/8/2014 3:19PM

    I like this challenge.
I have become so in tune with my body that I can pretty much guess my weight before I step onto the scale, just feeling how "heavy" I feel on my feet touching the floor.
So interesting, maybe I'll make it there (to maintenance) one day! haha

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HONEYBEESBLISS 9/8/2014 3:18PM

    Sounds like you are doing pretty good! That's cool that the side effect of not weighing in helps you be more aware of what you are doing! Keep up the good work!
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