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Losing again with the new Sparkpeople App

Monday, April 21, 2014

My last blog talked about how I lost 90 pounds, maintained it for a year, then suddenly found myself 10 pounds above my goal...so now I'm working on losing those pounds again.

I identified the issue ... which was not enough cardio in my routine the last 3 months. I was doing p90x3 from beachbody and, while it is a great program, it's a highly strength training based program with only 1-2 cardio days per week. Again, great program , but for me I need more cardio in my weekly routine.

I've since finished p90x3 and have start Combat from beachbody which is all cardio! It works my arms and legs and core while getting in a great cardio workout for anywhere from 30-60minutes per session.

I am not going to weigh in until next week when BLC25 starts , but I am feeling like I am making great progress.

It also so happens that at the same time I refocused my goals and started tracking food again and getting in meaningful workouts, Sparkpeople launched their new iPhone app.

This app is amazing. Much more manageable and works better than the old app. I love how I can easily track my food, see my totals, track my exercise, and even do some community based items such as status posting and checking with with friends. It is all right there on my phone making it so much easier for me to track on the go with my busy schedule. I absolutely love it.

I will post how things are going weight wise next week when I check in, but I am feeling better about myself and my progress since I've refocused and am eating better, tracking everything, and exercising smarter.

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NEW-CAZ 9/21/2014 12:39PM


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SNOWYOGA 4/21/2014 11:51PM

    Great blog & emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 4/21/2014 9:27PM

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It sounds like you figured out exactly what you needed to change.
I'm glad to hear that you are loving the App. I have it, but haven't used it yet -- I think I will get on that starting tomorrow!! I'm definitely in a period of refocus as well. We started a new fitness challenge at work today, and that is always a wonderful spark for me to go the extra mile.

Look forward to hearing about your progress!!


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POPSY190 4/21/2014 9:24PM

    Hope to see you again in BL25. You are sounding really positive. emoticon

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Maintaining - Gaining - Losing

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Biggest Loser Challenge #24 has come to an end today with our final weekly weigh in. I was considered a MoM *Master of Maintenance for this round, as I was for my other rounds of BLC, too, as I have reached my goal and have kept it off for over a year now.
Iíve been working out quite a bit lately; Iíve been striving for 30mins 6 days a week, though most weeks Iím able to get in all 7 days and sometimes longer sessions.
My nutrition has been meh, though, which is why part of my title says GAINING.
Yes, I have been gaining a little bit of weight. Nothing drastic and, knowing it, I know I can catch it and get it back down to where it should be, but it is still upsetting, as Iím sure some of you have experienced, whether you are maintaining or still actively trying to lose.
The thing about the scale Iíve learned over the course of my healthy lifestyle journey is that it truly is not a good reflection of my fitness level, of my clothing size, or of me, in general. I do weigh in still per the BLC rulesÖand normally in between rounds I donít, but I think because Iím now actively trying to LOSE again, I willÖbut I know that the scale is not my only indication of success. I am still fitting into all my clothes fine (which honestly blows my mind since Iím 5lbs over my high end of maintaining range, which means Iím 10pounds over my goalÖ.)

YesÖI said it Ö I am 10 pounds over my goal. But the thing isÖI know exactly how it happened.
For some of you though, when the scale doesnít move or goes back upÖsometimes you donít know why because youíve been doing all the right things: working out at least 3x per week, getting your HR up for at least 10mins each session, eating healthy at all meals, drinking water instead of soda, etc. etc. So, why didnít the scale more the right way? Sometimes, we just donít know. Thatís honestly the cold hard truth about losing weight that some of us have to deal with throughout the journey.
Sometimes, you can be doing all the right things, and that scale will go up!
It could be muscle weight. It could be water weight. It could be a battery dying in your scale. There are SO MANY possibilities as to why that scale doesnít move the way you want it to.
The key thing is, and is most of the reason why Iím writing this blog, is that you never give up. Eventually, the scale will catch up to all the good habits youíve been engaging in and will move the way you want it to.
As for me, I said about I know exactly why my weight is up: too many meals out to eat lately. I need to be back on my plan of planning when I will eat out and it can only be 2-3x/month. Itís been a lot lately, Iím kind of ashamed to even admit that. So, back to LOSING mode. I am not going to consider myself maintaining right now because technically I have 10pounds to lose to re-reach my goal weight of 150. I can and will do this. I am going to revamp my Spark information to represent me losing again. I will set my goal for when I go on vacation in June. I have a little over 2 months to get rid of 10 pounds. (11 weeks to be exact). If I lose a pound a week, I will get there. I CAN do this.

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POPSY190 4/9/2014 3:19PM

    emoticon Clear-sighted and honest. Your strategy is well thought out. emoticon emoticon

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ALIHIKES 4/9/2014 2:41PM

    Great blog, and great plan for reaching your goal by vacation emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 4/9/2014 2:13PM

    Great blog emoticon emoticon

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OHMEMEME 4/9/2014 7:32AM

    Great blog! I just now am calling myself a maintainer and relate soooo much to what you are saying here. I just did a 12 week challenge to put myself back into loser mode and succeeded taking off the extra 15 lbs. It had been months since I had seriously been in weight loss mode. It was a challenge but I did it! In and since those twelve weeks have brought me not only weight loss but a new confidence that when this happens...I can do this! Best wishes. Stay focused on healthy habits and VaCaTiOn! You will do this. Keep Sparking!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

It's been well over a month since I've blogged. I've been pretty consistent with tracking my workouts and food, some days and weeks not so much, but overall...doing ok! I have been exercising typically 6 days per week, sometimes all 7.

I'm nearing The end of my second semester of grad school. Work is going fine, keeping me busy!

My weight is still staying the same ! Over a year of maintaining!

I've got only a couple more weeks left of the p90x3 workout routine and then I'll be moving on to Combat from Beachbody!

Really not a lot going on but figured an update would be good!

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SNOWYOGA 3/31/2014 5:49PM

    Happy to see you and as my mom say's any news is good news p90x3 No way glad you are still going I have heard it is really hard So to you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 3/31/2014 8:57AM

    emoticon So glad for the update! You are proving to us all that maintenance is possible, but you have to stay committed to your healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing :)

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JANCARD 3/30/2014 12:01PM

    Awesome job Krystal. You're an inspiration and great motivator!

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_JODI404 3/29/2014 11:36PM

    Nice to hear from you ~ and glad to know that things are going very well for you!!


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PAULALALALA 3/29/2014 8:44PM

    Sounds like you are doing emoticon on all fronts of your busy life!

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POPSY190 3/29/2014 8:30PM

    You have a lot of different balls in the air and doing a brilliant job keeping them all airborne! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 3/29/2014 6:55PM

    Thanks for sharing what's going on, and congratulations on staying on track

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2.18.14-A good year, but now what?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A year ago, I was SO CLOSE to reaching my goal weight. My goal weight is 150; this time last year I weighed in at 153. Some would call it close enough. Some would say "hey, you got there, maintain it!" While I knew I was close and could technically call myself in maintenance mode, I just wanted to see that 150 on the scale. Just so I could say I did it.

Two weeks later, I weighed in at 147. I had reached my goal weight.

I promised myself that when I lost all 85 pounds I would NOT be one of the statistics of people who gain it all back. I would keep it off.

And in the past year, I have. To a point.

I say to a point because as of last week, my weight was around 155--not bad since my maintaining range is 150 +/- 5lbs, so 155 is the high end of my range.

Am I worried about being at the high end of my range? No. Why?

Because from Thanksgiving till practically end of January, I didn't follow a fitness routine very well. I probably exercised 5x in that 2 month span.

And no, it wasn't because of holidays or because I was eating too much, etc. etc. A lot of my SparkFriends know my husband has epilespy; during that time frame he had several grand mal seizures and countless partial seizures. They finally changed his meds and everything around New Years, but it took me awhile to get back into my routine after all that running around, hospital visits, etc.

I'm not saying my weight gain was caused by that. I'm saying I am proud of myself for maintaining so well during all that hecticness. Not to mention all the other things I was dealing with (end of semester for grad school, assessments due at work, ya know...my life haha)

I got back into a good routine end of January when I started P90X3. I have only missed 3 days of exercise since the last week of January, all for legitimate reasons: sick or injury. I am gaining muscle, certain areas of my body are toning again. My weight? Honestly I'm not too worried about it; the fact that my jeans still fit, some are even too big (I am ranging from a size 6-10 depending on jean cut/brand/etc).

I am healthy. I may not be in the healthy BMI zone now since I'm back up to 155 (150ish brings me to the high end of healthy BMI), but honestly I never even expected to reach a healthy BMI because I do have a lot of muscle built up from when I played basketball and did throwing for track and field. I'd rather have muscle and be above my healthy BMI zone, than to be a skinny toothpick.

During my year of maintenance, I have worked on pushing myself, which is why I started T-25 back in the fall, and now am doing P90X3. I have become a Beachbody coach and am also running a Facebook support/accountability/tip group for people who want to be healthier.

A lot of positives in this blog, eh? Well, I do have one thing I'm kind of fighting with...

What do I work on next?

I feel like I need some goals. Short term, long term...something to shoot for. I have my daily goals: drink 6+ cups of water, eat 3+ servings of freggies, drink my shakeology daily, exercise for at least 10mins a day (though I typically do either 25-30mins of high intensity, or 30-50mins of lower intensity).

So...what other goals could I work on? Remember, I am not allowed to run (for those who don't know, I had two knee surgeries in high school, was told I shouldn't run anymore...stopped running for a couple years but then started again senior year of college, only to be told a year later, from another doctor (whom I saw for knee pain....), that I really need to STOP or I'm going to mess my knees up more). I was working on running a 5K, but can no longer do that.


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ELSAT137 2/19/2014 7:27AM

    Can your knees handle cycling? I too played basketball in high school and threw in track. emoticon I think throwing is where I did damage to my knees. During the summer when the weather allows I try to do cycling and train for a race. I love it way more than running. There is plenty of jumping etc in P90X3 - are you able to do that? I am half way through P90X3. Have you ever done P90X? I like some aspects of them both.

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POPSY190 2/19/2014 2:54AM

    Amazing, Krystal, especially in view of what you are coping with. Journalling? Stress relief like Zentangles or something? In such a busy and sometimes stressful emotional life it might be good to establish some habits that will consciously tackle self care time. Exercise suggestion - yoga, tai chi? Again, not too high intensity or impact so that you teach your body to relax.

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Week of 1/27/14

Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Monday!

I started my new P90X3 workout yesterday. So far day 1 and 2 have been good workouts. I am looking forward to completing the program. I am, however, going to be alternating weeks. This week I am doing P90X3, next week I will be doing T25 (again). I know I get a little exercise ADHD sometimes so in order to try to avoid that, I will mix up these two programs.

One of my friends has asked me to help her with her healthy lifestyle change which is actually helping me stay on track, too.

Not a whole lot to really update with; I'm excited for this week cause I feel like I am finally getting back into the swing of things.


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