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Struggling to find balance

Sunday, December 14, 2014

As I write this, I've lost 13 lbs and 10 1/2" since the beginning of November. I'm down from a size 16 to a size 14 and people are starting to take notice. But I'm struggling at finding a perfect balance to sustain this weightloss pattern.

My THR is to be 121 to 148. On the bike, I'm even at 128/132. But on the elliptical, I cannot sustain myself under 148. I keep jumping to 151. And from what I've been taught, you burn muscle rather than fat at that heart rate. So, what do you do? I can't go any slower on the elliptical as I'm already at 100 strides/minute, which is the lower end of the goal I'm to achieve by NYE. I've thought about doing 15 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes on the bike, then another 15 minutes on the elliptical, and a cool down on the bike. As I've also learned, I can't even get my heart rate down during a cool down on the elliptical. I seriously do not want to have a heart attack.

Also, finding balance with the diet. The foods I'm eating (30g of sugar and fat a day, no starch, and the rest of the carbs from non-starchy veggies and berries, plus protein) are good and healthy. It's when I eat, how often I eat. I usually had a protein shake in the morning, then breakfast when I got to my desk at work, lunch, a mid afternoon snack, a protein shake, dinner, and a sweet snack (low cal and low sugar dairy snack). I apparently need to move breakfast to when I get up, my protein shake to when I'm traveling to work, and the rest would still be good to go.

How many protein drinks I have a day is also important, just as much as the type. I was relying solely on EAS Advant Edge protein shakes. It turns out that while, yes, they are low carb and have 17g of protein, it was too much sugar and fat each day to drink 3 or 4 of these a day to meet my body's need for protein each day. So, I've switched to Syntrax Nectar protein powder. 1 scoop is 28g of protein with 0g sugar and fat. I can have 2 of these plus an EAS Advant Edge at work (no smoothie maker at work) and keep within my body's needs.

So, as you see, I'm still trying to find the perfect balance in my diet and exercise plan. I'm getting close. I know what I'm supposed to do, and how to do it. It is just a matter of tweaking it ever so slightly so that my body does not fight back with me.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/14/2014 11:27PM

    You are beating yourself up. Work at one thing at a time. Do not stress yourself out. You are obviously doing something right with the progress you have made.

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COOP9002 12/14/2014 2:50PM

    Don't be too hard on yourself. Simply stay focused upon what you can do.

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RINGLETS888 12/14/2014 11:02AM

    Don't forget that you're human emoticon
Congrats on the progress!!!

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Sleep, they say?

Friday, December 05, 2014

Studies show that getting at least 6-8 hours of sound sleep a night helps promote not only a healthy attitude, but weight-loss, too.

Well, someone forgot to let my dogs know this. Generally, they leave me alone at night and allow me to sleep peacefully all night long. Not last night. They decided that it was play time. Not only did they decide it was play time, but play time in my room with a toy that makes chattering noises!!!

Luckily, they understand the command "bed" and both sulked back to their respective pillows on the floor. And the rest of the night was completed in relative peace and quiet. Just not as deep of sleep I had hoped.

Well, on the weight loss front. I had injured my back/hip a week ago trying to lift weights that were more than I was ready to handle. I then followed that up with 2 hours of raking and mulching leaves in my front yard (there were a lot of them and the mulcher doesn't exactly hold a lot). The weight of the blower/vac/mulcher made my back hurt much worse and laid me out for a week. The doctor gave me strict orders not to exercise for one week. So, tomorrow I will resume my regularly scheduled workouts.

With that, I'm down another pound so far this week, but official weigh-in isn't until tomorrow, and I had way too much sodium the scale at home might be slightly tainted today.

I hope you all are having a great week!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/7/2014 2:49PM

    From an outsiders point of view it's funny that your dogs decided that they wanted to play at night but not so funny that they woke you up and you didn't get a deep sleep. Hopefully your silly dogs will not do that again.

Be careful getting back to your exercise. Take it slow because you certainly don't want a setback.

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SNOWANGELS1 12/7/2014 9:53AM

    Get better soon and do try to get that well needed sleep.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/5/2014 9:51PM

    Start back to your workouts slowly.....don't want to reinjure yourself.

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NHES220 12/5/2014 12:36PM

    Hope the back is better and hope you get some sleep! Good luck with the weigh-in!

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JO88BAKO 12/5/2014 9:15AM

    Hope your back is all healed. Have a great weekend

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Of weight-loss frustrations and other things

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I've been doing great these past two weeks, except that I had been sick during most of that time. I've lost very little weight this past week and with official weigh-in looming ahead before the big holiday, my scale has stopped moving.

Sure, losing 10 lbs in a two week period of time is a huge accomplishment, but I kind of feel like I'm on the Biggest Loser with my chance to stay on at the "ranch" balancing delicately upon my weigh-in.

Right now, I stand at exactly 10 lbs away from where I was this time last year. It is frustrating to think that I got that far, and screwed it all up this summer. Why do I do this to myself?! I don't know.

But I did reach a milestone. I'm ready to move beyond 20 minutes on the treadmill. I could have last night, but my legs were already screaming at me. I gave myself an early Christmas present of an iPod Touch and have downloaded some fitness tracks. While it isn't a fitness track, I've found that Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits works just as well as any of the other tracks.

I hope you all have a great holiday week!!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/28/2014 6:52PM

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JUSTME29 11/25/2014 10:23AM

    I love Bon Jovi. There isn't a part of life that can't be improved by Bon Jovi, so even though it's not technically an exercise track, it'll do.

Try not to think of it as 10 pounds in 2 weeks and then a stall. Think of it over a longer term. Look at it in a 10 week window - it averages out to a pound a week and that's totally respectable. Even if the scale isn't saying what you want it to, increasing your stamina is a good think.

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BA5454 11/25/2014 8:07AM

    Bon Jovi has some great tunes for rocking out in the cardio room. Is there a contest you're doing (other than the Teddies) that makes you feel like your on the Biggest Loser? 'Cause that's a horrible feeling to have. I say this as a friend--try not to beat yourself up about what happened during the summer--it's done and gone, in the past--look to what you can do and work off that. Advice I'm trying to follow myself ;-).
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A big win

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Well, I just finished my first full week of Onion Camp. I learned quite a few lessons this week, including how much sugar and carb withdrawal can effect the mood (I'm bipolar). It was NOT pretty to say the least.

But I also learned after the fact, that I wasn't getting enough protein which was feeding my mood swings and irritability. So, yesterday, I added in protein drinks (100 calorie EAS protein drink in chocolate...tastes pretty good, too). Today I feel more "stable".

I also started adding back in cardio yesterday by using what the trainer lovingly calls "The Beast": The elliptical trainer. Yesterday I got 15 minutes on it, today only 7 1/2. I did supplement it with the bike as it was my legs, not my heart, that gave out. Need to build endurance on that thing. Any suggestions?

With that, fully clothed and fed last Monday night (boots and a heavy sweater) after a full meal, I weighed in at 217. Fully clothed with sweats and tennis shoes on and after breakfast, I weighed in at 209 (I weighed in at 204 this morning buck naked before eating or drinking anything). I also lost 5" overall (inch off chest, waist, belly, and hips, and 1/2 inch off arms and thighs). I think that says quite a bit...I did it! I really did it!

Now that the hardest week, IMO, is over, I'm ready to conquer this next week. Tomorrow I add in weights to my workout and will continue to build up my endurance on The Beast.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/28/2014 2:57PM

    You are doing great!!!!

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CATIATM 11/22/2014 10:31PM

    Wow! Brenda! You are doing great!!! emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/16/2014 9:13PM

    Oh my gosh Brenda! You are doing so great! We are so pleased at your success! BRAVO to you!

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FLORIDASUN 11/16/2014 4:17PM are SO doing this Brenda...I'm VERY VERY pleased as punch proud of you! Goooooooo little bear....gooooooo! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRONG_SARAH 11/16/2014 3:01PM

    Keep going! The hardest week is when you stop losing and hit a plateau. That's when you have to dig deep in yourself and say "it's only temporary, I can get by this!"
You're off to a great start. Congrats!

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The anatomy of weight gain (Photos Included)

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Today, I made an important step in attempting to shed the pounds I've been so frustrated with over the past 6 years. I joined a group called "The Onion Factory" in Anderson, Indiana. My "friend" suggested it after I had confided in him that I wanted to lose weight. He was relentless in his pushing me to contact this group after his mom, sister, and ex-girlfriend had all seen positive and amazing results from being there. So, Saturday begins that journey.

But how did I get 1995, I had the figure of a healthy 27 year old doing work at children's homes as a missions trip. I was a size 8, happy, healthy and ready to take on life:

Even as recently as last fall/winter when I hit the 50 lb mark and a healthy size 14 hanging on the verge of a size 12. I again, was healthy, happy, and ready to take on life.

And as of October 2008, I was a size 10 who was in love and content in her choices. But that is when the weight started to come on. My thyroid went kaput and the weight came on viciously...starting with a 30 lb increase in a matter of a month.

But here I am (on front right) post cancer operation and the weight at 208. It needs to come off. And it needs to come off now.

I'm praying for encouragement, determination, discipline, and will-power during this time. I'm really doing it this time. No more excuses. No more blaming it on the thyroid...I lost 50 lbs with that thing. No more blaming the drugs the doctor has me on...I can beat those, too.

But most of all...I need your love and support!

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KATBWIN 12/6/2014 1:48AM

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FLORIDASUN 11/16/2014 3:58PM

    You KNOW you have your Teddy Bears undying support and love! I hope The Onion Factory is JUST what you need to motivate and boost you into the beautiful Brenda that you are...TODAY, yesterday and always. You are JUST as beautiful as ever but I truly understand your desires to lose some poundage for your health and happier state of mind.

I'm here for you can SO do this...every day in every it for YOU!

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CATIATM 11/11/2014 1:58PM

    I hope the Onion Factory is just what you need, but seriously - you're gorgeous as your present weight, too. You're a beautiful woman, and I know shedding some pounds will make you feel better and enjoy life more. emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 11/7/2014 1:19AM

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I don't know anything about The Onion Factory - but it sounds like fun to me! Peeling off the layers & shedding some tears along the way maybe? I might even have to Google it! Go for it! That posture you take up in each of your photos indicates that you are a determined (if perhaps impatient at times?) person - set your mind to it, and get on with it. Spark People's system of encouraging us to keep taking small steps towards health are the key to long-term success. You are taking a great step here. Do let us know how it goes on Saturday.

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/6/2014 10:54PM

    I know how tough it is - the support is here

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/6/2014 10:46PM

    I have no doubt you can do this!!!!!! I hope you know by now that I am here to support you in any way I can.

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/6/2014 6:48PM

    emoticon You most definitely have my love and friendship and support. It isn't easy, but it is possible! Keep faith in yourself! I believe in you - and me and US!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 11/6/2014 9:15AM

    I am here to support you in any way you need. I believe in you, and I know you will get there.

My advice--try to stay positive, and when you start thinking negative, push yourself out of the funk and negative thinking. You have to fake it till you make it, and after awhile, it will become a habit.

Lean on your friends, and let us know what you need.


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MARYJOANNA 11/6/2014 5:31AM

  Thyroid medication should help to get your thyroid under control.

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