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The fat between the ears...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yesterday's post - the longing for a quick fix - has me once again evaluating my mindset.

The BodyBugg is an awesome tool, and I'd really love one. The tool isn't the issue, the fat between my ears is the issue!

The looking for the magic pill mentality. Thinking if I use this or that tool, magic will happen and I'll finally lose weight. that if I had a bodybugg or whatever other tool, I would start conforming to my calorie restrictions.

Reality? the tool would tell me I was eating too many calories. LOL. Just like the calorie tracker tells me on SP.

I have to continue working on losing the "fat between my ears" - the quick fix mentality - before lasting weight loss is going to happen. I have to do the work, not just think about doing the work.

I do that a lot. I think about doing the work....then I don't DO the work.

Many good changes have happened, and I can recognize them. I'm walking several times a week now, I'm paying a lot more attention to my calorie intake, probably more than I've ever done. It's a slow process of change.

In the iconic words of Nike, I need to "Just DO it". I'm getting there, I'm getting there.

And I might put a bodybugg on my christmas list, LOL.

  
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BLISTXLEZ 8/23/2012 8:25PM

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EGALITAIRE 8/23/2012 9:17AM

    Sounds like a healthy thinking - change is a process, not an event. If we keep making incremental changes a big change will be the eventual result.

One day at a time.

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PEBBLES706 8/23/2012 9:06AM

    The "slow progress of change" seems to be the best because it's a life change not a short term change. You're on the right track and I know you will get there to your goal. Keep up the great work.


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Maybe If I....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We've all done it.

We get tired of doing the hard work of weight loss. We look for a fix and it doesn't even have to be a quick fix, just a fix! something to make us feel better.

We join a gym (we know we won't use), purchase equipment (we've never used and then discover we dislike), set unreasonable goals. You know it. We've all done it in someway or another.

Today, the idea that scrolled across my mind was:

"I bet if I had one of those Bodybugg gizmos, THEN I would lose weight!"

Where did this come from? Well, for one, that tracking my calories (besides being a pain in the butt) often seems like a guessing game. Finding the exact thing you need on there, or taking the time to enter something not in there (or a whole recipe), takes time and I often wonder if I'm consuming what the tracker says...or more...or less? Same with exercise. Really? You mean to tell me the sweat rolling down my face workout for 35 minutes REALLY only burned 100 calores?

The Bodybugg is supposed to (within 90% accuracy) tell you what calories are going in and what calories are being burned. So I want one.

Then I said to myself, "Self....you are looking for a fix again. You are looking to avoid doing the hard work. Stop it. It's going to take work. It's going to take time and the changing of habits. Just stop all this..."

and I did.

but we all have those moments, don't we? It's what we decide to DO with it that counts.

  
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SUSIEQ911 8/23/2012 6:08AM

    I know what you're saying but I'd still love one just for the accuracy. I never feel like I know for sure what I'm really burning.

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GOPINTOS 8/22/2012 8:46PM

    I know exactly what you are talking about. I do this every time I see a new exercise dvd. I keep thinking if I just had THAT one..... and I use to cave in and add it to the stack of others still wrapped up in plastic.

But the other day, it was different. I reminded myself that it is 80% nutrition. I have a routine for my exercise. And when I want to mix it up, I have all I need that I can choose from, and so I resisted temptation.

Anyways, I think it is the equivalent of the devil, like Satan's Fat Evil(er) Twin, emoticon and he likes to tempt us with stuff to distract us from our weight loss goals. Give us false hopes. A reason to put off what we need to do today because we are waiting for this other thing to get here tomorrow.

Not saying that particular thing wouldnt help, but point is we really dont need any fancy gadgets or any fancy dvds. There are just basics we need to know and do and we will find success. Now if people want to, there is nothing wrong with buying things to help us out IF we use them. I should know. I have plenty of things... and some I use, and some I don't. And I am sure I will buy more again in the future but I am glad to have learned a few things along the way, including a few things about myself and being realistic with myself emoticon

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Melinda (gopintos)
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BLISTXLEZ 8/22/2012 6:27PM

    I have the Bodybugg....let me know if you want to know how it works.

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Excellent article....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

www.livestrong.com/article/557773-th
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Yep. This article pins it right down.

I've often lied to myself, thinking "well, this XYZ that I'm eating doesn't count, because I'm working out!"

Yes....but....if the XYZ is 500 calories and I work out and burn say 200 calories....that doesn't cancel out that XYZ, now does it?

But that's how I've acted for years. Doh.

That's why, when tracking I am always so let down by my exercise tracking. "That's all? for 30 minutes of ****, that's all I burned?" Part of why I wanted to run! To increase the calories burned. But, that's not to be for right now, so......

That means calories have to be paid attention to. Close attention to.

  
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TERRYT55 8/23/2012 1:34AM

    This is an excellent article! Thanks for posting........

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GOPINTOS 8/22/2012 8:53PM

    Def. have to pay attention to calories. Definitely. This journey is 80% about the nutrition. Once I got a handle on that and on carbs, it has made the journey much easier. Not easy, but easier. emoticon

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How to take time off...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I've overscheduled myself for....years. Just be quiet and do...nothing? No can do. My head gets swirling with stuff - typically negative, depressing, or stressful stuff at that - and I go downhill. So I typically have a book and/or knitting with me all the time.

Yesterday, we went to hear a friend play guitar and sing at a local coffee place. It was a beautiful day, we sat on the patio and listened and laughed (the friend is quite funny to boot). I worked on my knitting project and was quite happy...

til I finished the knit project.

Then I immediately noticed I was restless. Hard time concentrating on the music and just sitting there no longer felt relaxing but difficlt.

I recognize some things in myself after all the testing we've put into my son. Anxiety? ADHD? Hmm. As they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. For awhile, thinking about these things and my inability to sit still and enjoy the music without something in my hands....I felt down on myself. Then I reminded myself that I am who I am...and that's okay.

Yep, there's some stuff in my life that lead me to this point...and I learned how to cope. For a long time, I coped....by using food. I cooked, I baked and I ate the product of that effort. It soothed me and it worked, but it - combined with some other things - left me in a 250 pound body on a 5 foot frame.

Sometimes, I think my partner is a bit irritated that I take my knitting with me and do it while we're visiting folks or waiting for an event to start etc. yep, I've tried to explain, but she can't help it, she thinks I'm being rude. Now, I don't work on complex stuff that I have to have a chart and silence and not talk. I work on projects I can do pretty much with no thinking and put away/pick up at the drop of a hat. If the choice is knit or be a jumble of nerves in my seat - miserable and wanting to leave - then I choose to knit!

Knitting is calorie free. Knitting engages that restless monkey in my head and allows me to participate and enjoy in whatever is going on around me. Coping without food is a good thing.

However, I am noticing that I constantly fill my time, and sometimes I multitask when I could do less. When being busy helps me cope with stress/anxiety/depression well, I'll call that good. When it won't allow me to sit still and enjoy my family on Christmas morning for example, not so good.

Balance. I'd like to find balance here. That continues to be another work in progress. emoticon

PS I realize I incorrectly stated the SparkCoach program to be $2.99 a month. Nope, it's $7.99 a month, my bad. And still totally worth it in my opinion - I'm signing up!

  
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EGALITAIRE 8/20/2012 7:49AM

    Inner Monkey - great visual for me.


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NEWYEARME 8/19/2012 4:09PM

    This journey we are on is as much about self discovery as it is about weight loss. There is a reason we have this excess weight to deal with and overeating is not always the only reason.

Keep up the good work!!!!

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KAYLA0041 8/19/2012 11:12AM

    Glad you found a way to calm your inner monkey - I think it's great that you are so creative.

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Let's Hear It For The Weekend!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wow am i pleased to see the weekend roll in!

So, a success! Yesterday, my partner said yep, she'd go walking with me in the evening. Evening came, she didn't feel good - I went anyway (that's a success in itself if you've ever had your significant other "hint strongly" you should stay home with them, LOL).

I took myself out to the fitness trails at a local park. I'd glanced at the map online, and read that the trail was a 1 mile loop. By the time I got to the park it was 8:11 p.m. I thought, well - it's getting dark I'll just do half the loop (the parking lot is in the middle of the loop, making this doable). I hit the trail and walked and walked and walked. It got darker and darker. I thought well, push on, you can do this and started around the second half of the loop went out into the brush and the pines and by now, it was getting DARK, so I turned around and backtracked and went back to the car. When i got home and went to map it, I realized the loop was a 2 mile loop, not 1 mile, and by backtracking I'd done almost the whole 2 miles anyway!

It was a good feeling. It was also sobering to see how few calories it burns compared to how it FEELS. One of the reasons i started trying to do C25K, I wanted more calorie burn and I wanted more miles under my belt for the time I invested.

Alas, my knees say No, No, and NO to the running, at least right now. So, okay, I'll walk. It is what it is.

A little money has come in, so i can stop living off of carbs, WHEW. I've felt absolutely ICK the last week, but when it's eat what you have or don't eat, you aren't so picky!

Feeling good, feeling positive!! Woo hoo!

  
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EGALITAIRE 8/20/2012 7:46AM

    Even though walking doesn't officially burn as many calories, it does have a significant impact on our metabolism. I am a bike rider - my knees don't like running either - last winter I lost significant weight while on a lower-carb nutrition plan with no running or riding (bike riding in the snow is unproductive), just walking every day.

I would advocate focusing on how good you feel about yourself and not so much on the calories - despite conventional wisdom, weight loss is much more complex than calories in and calories out - it is about how much fat we are storing with the calories we are eating.

No wheat/lower carbs and changing your metabolism through exercise will have an impact.

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TRY2KEEPGOING 8/18/2012 6:57PM

    Good for you!!! It is okay if you can't run.....walking is still great exercise!
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GOPINTOS 8/18/2012 3:05PM

    Good job on the walking! I am not much of a runner either. Just too hard on my joints. But walking is great!

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Melinda (gopintos)
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IAMFRANSGIRL 8/18/2012 11:02AM

    Wow!! Good for you! It really does feel so good. It's the only reason I can drag my butt out for a walk, that and I might just find a great shot around the next bend emoticon
Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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