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Maintenance without Scale - Week 4

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week 4 was not so good as the previous 3. I',m not proud of this week.
I was back to work on Wednesday and - as I had a low workload - I volunteered to do a few things, and found myself on the high end of workload.
And this week Mon-Tue-Wed are 11+ work hours.
The end result:
-exercise: less minutes, but I did at least 45 minutes of run / yoga / walking. Tomorrow I will not have the time.

-eating: good by day, moderate overeating in the evening (the usual pattern)

-sleep: a bit less then I like, 6.5-7 hours per day

-mood: good, despite some higher-stress minutes. I don't let the stress spread over my entire day, but recognize and enjoy minutes / hours of peace.

Weight estimate: I might have gained a bit - but maybe I didn't

Once this peak workload is behind me (that is, 2 days from now) I will be more mindful in the evening.

Positive change: in August I realized I prefer plain yogurt in my afternoon fruit-yogurt-cornflakes snack. So now my snack is plain yogurt+ piece pf fruit + 2 TBSP rolled oats-ground flax seed. The previous version was quite healthy but this is even healthier : )

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEMPEST272002 10/1/2014 3:28PM

    Good job handling the unexpected high work load & not letting stress spill over into the rest of your life.

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LESLIESENIOR 9/30/2014 10:11PM

    Wow, that is an inspired thing to do. I have to periodically break my scale habit. You are always trying something brave and new. Awesome!!!!!

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MJREIMERS 9/30/2014 7:26PM

    Keep trying. Practice will get you closer to "perfect," at least for you! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/30/2014 4:21PM

    Are you feeling 100% better? I am still feeling so tired all of the time! Not sure how you went back to work and made everything you missed up in two days!

Your new go to snack sounds yummy!!

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NEW-CAZ 9/30/2014 4:10PM

    emoticon you should try soya yogurt, one available over here has a vanilla flavour and it's lovely with fresh fruit!

You're doing great! emoticon

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EDENZMOM 9/30/2014 3:08PM

    like I always comment: you're so in tune with your body. what an accomplishment in mindfulness!

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    Sounds like you are still doing well! Glad you kept the stress managed! And I love finding that I love something that ends up being healthier!!! LOL

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Maintenance without Scale - Week 3

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I got an annoying head cold, that started with sore throat on Sunday, then the pain ceased only head congestion and weakness remains. I took a day off om Monday and I'm working from home today, feeling better.

Sunday run was cut short to 5K as I felt weak, and Monday run was downgraded to a walk. My usual vinyasa yoga workouts were downgraded to slow restorative / meditative sessions, without any challenging poses. I felt they were healing. I got the minutes in but the intensity is a lot lower than usual.

I did a 45 minute body scan every day since Sunday, after waking up - and success! first time ever I managed to follow through the 45 minutes, without falling asleep or missing any body parts.
Doing this and the yoga sessions with the head cold made me realize how good it feels to be strong and healthy, the was I felt just 3 days ago! And in 2-3 day I will feel so good again.

I skipped some planned snacks. Yesterday I made a hot nourishing soup of savoy, carrots and chicken sausages. I don't have much appetite except for chocolate, so I must take care to eat 1-1 small squares 1-2x a day only.

Weight estimate: I guess I'm maintaining.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SETTIMIA 9/27/2014 10:29AM

    Hiya, I hope you are feeling better, and thank you for popping by my blog, take good care and have a lovely weekend. Going out for a walk now

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HADESKITTEN 9/26/2014 10:20AM

So happy to see you are feeling better!

It is amazing how good exercise and yoga can make you feel. :) Glad you are able to enjoy it a bit more.

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KANOE10 9/24/2014 8:11AM

    I hope ypu feel better! emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 9/23/2014 1:52PM

    I love how your downgraded exercise is more than a lot of people do at the best of times. Anyone who can eat just one square of chocolate is my hero!

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TEMPEST272002 9/23/2014 12:37PM

    Glad you are honouring your body by slowing down on the exercise while you are sick. 45 minutes of focused meditation is a long time. I'm curious about the insights you had from doing the body scans.

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HONEYBEESBLISS 9/23/2014 12:20PM

    Glad you are taking care of yourself! I hope it's a very short cold and you are back to feeling awesome soon!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/23/2014 10:00AM

    I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well! I hope you start feeling better soon! Sending you lots of hugs today!
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NEW-CAZ 9/23/2014 9:43AM

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ROXYZMOM 9/23/2014 9:38AM

    Sounds like we do have the same thing! I don't know how you ran at all - my throat was way to scratchy the first two days and I am still low on energy. I doubled up on my walks. They feel great with the nice, cool fresh air. So clearing for my mind.

I hope this note finds you better.


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Cooler weather - running clothes

Friday, September 19, 2014

This morning I ran my 7K forest route in 13oC /55oF.
This is the lower end of "shorts and sleeveless shirt" temperatures for me.
Dressed like this, I felt comfy and warm during the run and cool down walk, but put on my jacket when I stopped moving and got in the car.
At home I had my breakfast and by the time I finished I felt really cold.
I just warmed up after a hot shower, in 3 layers...
That's the usual pattern: feeling good during the run, but after finishing I must be careful and put on warm clothes immediately, or else the chills and shivers come.

I saw a few runners, all clad in warmer clothes.
Some wore full-length pants and jacket.
I don't dress like that before it gets down to below freezing point.
I'm looking forward to running in winter!
My favorite temperature range is --10 -+10 oC / 15-50 oF.
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KANSASROSE67 9/28/2014 8:44PM

    I love running when it's in the 50s (F). I consider it perfect shorts and short-sleeves weather. Your forest paths look beautiful!

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JEANKNEE 9/20/2014 11:39PM

    During my downhill skiing years I preferred temperatures in the teens (F).

Winter will be here before you know it. May you have many enjoyable winter runs.

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MOBYCARP 9/19/2014 8:33PM

    We have similar weather here, it's very nice for running. Soon enough, it will be time to break out the tights and multiple layers.

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/19/2014 11:36AM

    I'm so proud of you putting on your warm clothes and going out for your run! Stay warm! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,

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SMILINGTREE 9/19/2014 10:25AM

    I'm looking forward to running this winter, too. It's not quite as cool here, yet, as it is there. We dropped down to the upper 50s (fahrenheit, of course) last night, and it's still in the 80s during the day -- which actually feels "cool" because the humidity is so much lower than it was a couple of weeks ago. Really, it's been a very mild summer -- but I'm still looking forward to running in the cooler weather!

I'm glad that you warmed up! Being really cold after being warm from exercise is a terrible feeling.

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EDENZMOM 9/19/2014 9:21AM

    13C is still beautiful! it's perfect running weather :)
Enjoy every second!

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ROXYZMOM 9/19/2014 9:17AM

    You are braver than me! 45 f is my limit for outside runs.

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KANOE10 9/19/2014 9:15AM

    Yes, I am changing clothes also and layering for exercise. Cold is coming!

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MARGARITTM 9/19/2014 7:02AM

    I have a friend that claims 50 degrees is the cut off for shorts.

Ran last night and it was lovely 55 degrees and I felt great - of course until I stopped then was FREEZING

Note to self - make sure I have a sweatshirt and yoga pants to pull on after the run!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/19/2014 6:43AM

    I'd love to try these temps! LOL.
Still in the 80s here.

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PMRUNNER 9/19/2014 6:13AM

    I like the cooler running temps too. Enjoy the fall running weather!

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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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JEANKNEE 9/20/2014 11:46PM


I admire you and you inspire me. May you experience many more healthy, balanced years to come!

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JAMIRBLAZE 9/18/2014 1:09PM

    Congrats on your anniversary! Three years is a huge achievement! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/18/2014 7:25AM

It's a major accomplishment. Maintaining can be more challenging then being on the journey to achieve a goal weight. We continue to live daily! Stay strong!

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ROXYZMOM 9/17/2014 10:15PM

    You are so lucky! I eat the same foods but go up on portion sizes!!

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MOBYCARP 9/17/2014 8:32PM

    Congratulations on maintaining for three years! That must mean my 3 year maintenance anniversary is coming up soon.

I admire your ability to maintain without tracking. Perhaps I'll be able to do that some day, but I'm not yet brave enough to try.

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/17/2014 6:29PM

    Yipee! Congratulations on your Three Year Maintenance Anniversary! I am so proud of you! You are with Sparks is all about! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,

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    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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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

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