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Hitting the Reset Button

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I struggled for most of last year with losing weight. I significantly upped my exercise, taking Zumba and swimming a mile 3-4 times a week. I felt great, and my body changed in shape, but the weight didn't come off like it should have. I adjusted my calories, fiddled with my tracker, posted queries on the message boards, but I was basically on a plateau for about six months.

I was so frustrated when I went home for the summer that I basically gave up. I stopped tracking, stopped checking in most days, and even though I was conscious about what I put in my mouth, and tried to swim or walk or do yoga most days, I pretty much just ate what I wanted to, and worked out when I felt like it.

I also went to see a nutritionist who hooked me up to a bunch of electrodes and talked to me about the amount of exercise that I was doing and what I was eating. She said that I should be eating about 500 calories a day more than I had been, and double that on the days when I was working out. She felt that the plateau was a result of undereating, and that when my body had adjusted to the higher calorie level, it would be easier for me to lose weight.

And I really think that's been the case. Despite the fact that my summer was filled with what I would consider to be excesses, I gained about five pounds, which I have taken off in the past two weeks, by tracking and staying at the top of my Spark suggested range. I'm not tired all the time, I look healthier, and I don't feel as stressed as I did when I was working myself so hard on the same amount of calories.

You read a lot about how we put ourselves through repeated cycles of starvation and binging, and how that messes with our metabolism, and now that I have had this experience, it makes a lot more sense to me.

  
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52BINCE 10/6/2014 4:04PM

    Thanx for sharing , your right we don't always know whats right to do unless we have support to find out what to do on our journey to health n fitness....Congrats on your success.....

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EFFIEANNIE 9/4/2014 9:07AM

    Thanks for sharing that information. I think it makes a weird kind of sense.

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SMILINGTREE 9/4/2014 9:07AM

    Lately, I've switched from using the Spark tracker to MyFitnessPal (mostly because it's easier to use and I have it on my phone). One of the first things I noticed is that it gives you a set number rather than a range, which I didn't think I liked, but it also ADDS calories to that number when you exercise.

That confused me -- after all, we learn that it is the combination of reducing caloric intake and exercise that is the most efficient and healthiest way to lose weight, so it seemed like eating more would cancel out the calories expended through exercise. But, it's probably basically what you are doing by staying at the higher end of your range.

I'm glad that you seem to have found a combination of intake/exercise that makes you feel good!

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ADARKARA 9/4/2014 7:37AM

    Isn't it wonderful when someone tells us we're UNDEREATING?!

You are awesome, and I'm proud of you, and glad you're back!

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 9/4/2014 6:54AM

    This blog post is very interesting. I am sure it will help that you have targeted your individual nutritional needs. Seeing a nutritionist is something I plan to do in the near future. I love the idea of balancing food-intake with my exercise levels and knowing exactly WHY I am eating a certain way. The SP trackers are really useful for many things, but they are generic, and not tailored to the individual. What was your caloric intake prior? What is ti now? I really hope you keep us updated on your weight-loss plan!

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PATSYB7 9/4/2014 5:35AM

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JAROL7 9/4/2014 3:02AM

    Start over and do it right.

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The produce market in Colombo (with pictures)

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Gorgeous fruits and veggies and the market.


Everything is beautifully displayed and the vendors offer you tastes of everything.


Rambutans!

  
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PHEBESS 8/14/2014 10:45PM

    Gorgeous!

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JUNEAU2010 8/13/2014 3:17PM

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DR1939 8/12/2014 1:34PM

    Yummy!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/11/2014 2:22PM

    Looks like you have a great market and good variety to choose from. Yea you!

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MUFFIY831 8/11/2014 7:59AM

    Yum!

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GSEATON 8/10/2014 10:56PM

    I would love this SO much! Enjoy!

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ADARKARA 8/10/2014 8:58PM

    It's easy to eat healthy with that on display!

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PHARM_TECH14 8/10/2014 6:24PM

    emoticon yummy!

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MCFITZ2 8/10/2014 12:58PM

    How colorful and many unfamiliar items to try. Enjoy emoticon .

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TIMEHASCOME56 8/10/2014 12:05PM

    I'm hungry emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 8/10/2014 11:56AM

    ok .... what are rambutans? and is that other thing watermelon?

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Settling In

Friday, August 08, 2014

So here I am in Sri Lanka. I've been here about 3 weeks at this point, the first 4 days in a swanky hotel and then in my new house. It's super humid here, and I feel like a giant sweatball all the time, but it's fascinating, and lush and green, and I think I am going to like it.

I've found the wonderful produce market, and have eaten all manner of strange and exotic fruits. I have a housekeeper who also cooks for me, and while we have yet to come to an understanding of the word "spicy", she is sweet and friendly and does my laundry.

School starts Monday and I am a little overwhelmed with the new classes I am teaching, but the staff her is friendly and helpful, and I am sure that in time I will feel more confident. I've made some friends, and have gone out to dinner and bars and even to the casino, where I won 5000 rupee (which sounds exciting until you realize that it's about 38 dollars.) emoticon

All in all, a good start to a new part of my life.

Pictures soon!

  
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PHEBESS 8/14/2014 10:47PM

    Glad the new country and job are looking good! Have fun with being in a new place!!!!

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GSEATON 8/8/2014 12:24PM

    Like a Kardashian, lol! What an interesting life you have created! Love to read your blogs! Keep 'em coming!

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MUFFIY831 8/8/2014 9:11AM

    Very exciting! I might find myself in Sri Lanka in January. If I do, I will definitely be hitting you up for advice! (Especially on how to communicate "for the love of god I do not eat anything remotely spicy!" in a convincing manner.) Best wishes - sounds like you're doing great!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/8/2014 7:19AM

    Sounds very interesting. Are there other Americans there? I hope you have a good school year. What an interesting life you are living!

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STRONG_SARAH 8/8/2014 6:45AM

    Exciting life you're leading! I have some wanderlust inside me too, so I alwsys enjoy reading your blogs. How many countries have you lived in?

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OPTIMIST1948 8/8/2014 6:39AM

    Oh, a housekeeper! I realize such things are the norm in other parts of the world, but I have such jealousy right now!

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PATSYB7 8/8/2014 6:26AM

    .Congratulations on settling in. You made me laugh with your definition of spicy comment! Best wishes for a smooth start to a new school year. I am so intrigued with your adventures. Please continue to keep us posted. :O)

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/8/2014 1:33AM

    All the best !

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ZRIE014 8/8/2014 1:19AM

  everything will work out

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A couple of photos

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I am not a light packer!

The world needs more pink money.

Obligatory Buddha.

  
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JUNEAU2010 7/27/2014 3:25PM

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SMILINGTREE 7/25/2014 9:13AM

    If that is basically your life packed up there, I'd say you ARE a light packer! Looks like your new home will be colorful.

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EFFIEANNIE 7/25/2014 8:19AM

    It is amazing that you can keep track of all the luggage. I agree pink money is a nice change. Many foreign countries have beautiful money~ours is kind of boring to be sure!

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STRONG_SARAH 7/25/2014 7:57AM

    Thanks for sharing, I really love to see travel photos, and you're right, we need more pink money.

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PATSYB7 7/25/2014 7:20AM

    LOL that is a lot of luggage! My DH and I went on an 8 day cruise with one medium suitcase for the two of us. And that included face masks and snorkels! Money from other countries is always so pretty. Happy travels!

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Super quick update

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I left Ghana, spent most of June and July in the States eating and drinking too much, somehow seem to have lost another size despite the copious amounts of food I ate, went to a nutritionist who said that my calorie goal is too low given the amount of exercise that I do (totally great experience--she hooked me up to electrodes, shot some currents through my body and was able to tell me what my body is made up of----mostly cheese and wine I think, but some muscle and water too. emoticon ) So I've upped my goal by about 400 calories a day. I lost my fitbit charger, so I have not been tracking anything really, but now the fun time is over and it's time to begin working on myself again in earnest.

Oh, and I just got to Sri Lanka two days ago, so I am jetlagged and loopy.

I hope everyone had a great summer and I look forward to catching up with my spark friends!

  
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GSEATON 7/25/2014 12:36PM

    You are such a globetrotter! Rock Star life! Love it. Thanks for the update!

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EFFIEANNIE 7/24/2014 7:56PM

    Can't wait to see pictures. Hope yopu like it there. Is it a safe place to be?

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SMILINGTREE 7/24/2014 9:19AM

    Have fun! I hope you get settled in smoothly and love your new location. Also, very cool about the nutritionist.

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ADARKARA 7/24/2014 8:12AM

    Oh my gosh I am so excited to see photos of your adventures in Sri Lanka!

Nice that you can raise your calories, and congrats on losing a pant size!

So glad you're back. =)

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PATSYB7 7/24/2014 7:19AM

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MUFFIY831 7/24/2014 6:49AM

    Awesome!

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PHEBESS 7/24/2014 3:21AM

    Hope you have a great time settling in to life in Sri Lanka!!!

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MCFITZ2 7/24/2014 1:11AM

    Be well, do good, and enjoy. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/24/2014 12:46AM

    Keep having a nice time !
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