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Analyzing last week

Monday, August 30, 2010

Last Monday, I had a 1.8 pound loss. This monday, I gained 5 full pounds.

In looking at last week, one major thing jumps out at me - I was freaking exhausted. I woke up daily around 4 a.m.....and coudn't go back to sleep. Lots of stress last week = sleep problems. By Friday, i was so tired I fell into bed at 8 pm, without having eaten dinner even.

If I look at last week, I see...
170 minutes of cardio
Two days where I went under my calories and the balance were within range
Took my supplements 50% of the time
Didn't make a single day of 8 cups of water a day
way under on sleep
Way over on stress!

This is the kind of weigh in that makes me want to give upagain - BUT I can clearly see the problem areas.

This a.m., I'm really tired of trying....but I'm getting back up and back "on the horse". one more day at a time, one more week at a time.

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RJANE40 8/31/2010 7:59AM

    Being able to see the problem areas is half (maybe even 3/4) of the battle. When I'm not sleeping well, I tend to not eat well. When I dont drink enough water, I dont function as well. It sounds like your problem areas can be easily remedied, especially now that you know what they are.
Whatever you do, dont give up! If you do nothing else differently this week, get that water in and get enough sleep.
And 5 pounds is an awful lot to gain, even if you're not eating well. If you didnt eat good foods, its likely that the food you ate had a lot of sodium. That plus not having enough water could definitely show a significant gain.
Promise us you'll hang in for another week--I think it will make a big difference!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/30/2010 5:33PM

    Very similar happened to me. I can feel how the stress/cortisol impedes my progress. Hope things get more peaceful for us both. Have a good day.

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JOTHVA 8/30/2010 10:05AM

    I'm sorry you're feeling stressed. emoticon You should be proud of yourself for taking the time to analyze the problem! emoticon

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OTTAWABOUND 8/30/2010 10:01AM

    I'll bet next week's weighin will see the weight gone and some more besides. Water retention (and maybe even food retention if your bowels shut down when you are stressed).

I can tell by my wedding ring. Days when it is loose, my weighin is happy. If my finger is puffing up around it, then I'm up, sometimes as much as 7 pounds. Ditto around TOM. Keep an eye on your salt in the days before weighin and drink 10 glasses of water each day before official day and I'll bet you see scales go down.

Keep going--we win over the long haul in this journey.

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PRYDEQUEEN 8/30/2010 9:52AM

    Don't give up! You can do this! Hang in there! We are here for you!

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MINIDRIVER63 8/30/2010 9:35AM

    I suspect three factors in your "gain"

1. Drinking less water actually makes you RETAIN water. So you keep water in your system, weighing you down. Drinking more water makes water move more effectively through your system.

2. Stress and fatigue really do a number on your system. Try to take some time to breathe and relax during the day, and make sure you set aside your cares at bed time. I have a visualization of this, in which I take the issue I'm obsessing about, put it in a box, tape it shut, and put it on a high shelf. I sometimes have to run through this mental exercise several times before I really let it go. It feels silly, but it works for me.

3. Your scale is messing with you deliberately to make you miserable. Horrible, horrible machine! I am confident mine does this from time to time as payback for being stood upon and cursed on a regular basis.


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Missing the mark...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

When I got up today, I thought "Wow, do I feel like crap!" I'm exhausted.

Then I finished logging my food and realized why I feel like crap: I was way under calories, under on carbs, under on almost everything including water. It was a crazy, crazy day and I was running from the time I got up till the time I went to bed....and on top of it all, this is the 4th day in a row I've woken up 30-60 minutes too early and been unable to fall back asleep. So I'm exhausted, but I'm not sleeping well either.

No wonder I'm bone tired!

Today: Eat all my calories making sure to hit the protein and fruits/veggies, drink the water, and try to get some sleep!

Yesterday I chatted with an old friend about how hard this is...the losing the weight. How crushing it can be. When I'm living on sugar and poor nutrition it is so much harder to try...I feel like I do right now, every day. When I'm eating the appropriate amounts of fruits/veggies/protein, I have energy and a positive outlook to do the work, make the changes and not give up.

So yesterday (and today's resulting exhaustion) was not in vain, it was a reminder of how bad I felt before I started taking care of myself.

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RJANE40 8/27/2010 7:55AM

    Sometimes we need those reminders as motivation that we never want to go back to that again.

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CSYOUNCE 8/26/2010 11:16AM

    Great attitude. We can all take a lesson here for those "off days" - and we all have them.

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TACOTA 8/26/2010 10:42AM

    Nice way to look on the positive side of the experience! Knowledge is power, right? I feel you. This thing is really hard, but it's really important not to give up, which is what I've kept doing over and over again. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing, and don't give up. You can do this!

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Hitting the mark

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

If you knew'd know what I'm about to say is a little amazing...

Go me!

I have a problem being proud of myself (wow is that a long story, just take my word for it - okay?) and this morning after finally finishing tracking for yesterday I feel like running around yelling - I did it! I rocked it! Woo hoo go me!

Yesterday: 70 min cardio, tracked every bite that went into my mouth and stayed within ALL my limits.

Doing both those things on the same day? Um, not normal, LOL. So focusing on this short-term goal thing seems to be a good motivation. Having a great day like that yesterday, makes me excited for today.

Wooo hoo! go me!

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A_BELLE 8/25/2010 10:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThat is awesome. 70 minutes of cardio? You rock!!!!! Here's to more days like this. CHEERS!

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KRO-BAR 8/24/2010 10:42AM

    You had a star day!! I keep a calendar in my house and when I hit both food and exercise targets, I give myself a star for the day!! Nice job!!!

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MINIDRIVER63 8/24/2010 9:46AM


Did you know you can copy a meal from one day to another? So if you're like me and eat the same breakfast almost every day, you can copy it over. Makes tracking a lot easier.

I also downloaded the sparkpeople app for my Droid, so I can track on the fly.

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MOMSCRZR 8/24/2010 9:16AM

    Congratulations! I know how hard that is to do. You should be very proud of yourself!! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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I have a dream....

Monday, August 23, 2010

MLK's famous speech coined that phrase...and it's now such a part of our culture, we often don't hear the POWER of what he was saying in that phrase...

I saw a "what keeps you going" post on a team I'm on...and I realized a big part of what keeps me going is that I have a dream. I have something I want to attain....something just out of reach...that requires attention, perserverance, and hard work to reach. If I didn't have that dream, it would be a lot easier to lay down and say, "ok, I'm fat...and I don't care anymore". Without a dream, I'm pretty scared of what my attitude would be. Don't get me wrong, I have the usual reasons to gain health - children, a partner, a desire to happy and healthy.

But when you are over 200...and have been over 200 despite a lot of freakin' is often tempting to just shrug and say...ok...I give. This is too hard. I can't do this anymore.

A short while ago, I decided to work on gaining health and stop focusing on losing weight. I already know that i can go crazy focusing on numbers on a scale...but focusing on health is easier for me - more encouraging, more satisfying by far.

but again, without the dream....I don't know where I'd be. What is my dream? Well, if you've been around my page you know I've been bellydancing for about 25 years...A long time ago (and many pounds ago) I competed and won up to semi-pro level, no mean feat. Now I teach, I direct a multiaward-winning troupe and i'm slowly getting back into solo competing. My dream is to be able to continue to dance long into "old age" continue to work with amazing women...and see women gain confidence and happiness through dance. To take my troupe to having won every competition on the West coast.

Dance is my dream., much so, that I named my troupe "Sahara's Dream", and I collect items with the word "Dream".

What is your dream? What is the thing outside the "ordinary" goals of being happy and healthy for kids and a longer life...that keeps you trying day in and day out. (Again, not that those are not exceptionally worthy goals!). Tell me your Dream, I wanna know.

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A_BELLE 8/23/2010 1:55PM

    I dream about being a RUNNER. One of those people that enter 5K races every weekend all summer and fall - maybe even a half marathon. No actual desire to run a full marathon, thank you very much :) I wish I lived out West so I could watch your shows - do you have anything posted anywhere??

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SHAR140 8/23/2010 10:27AM

    Hmm....right now, I have a Dream....of becoming a Personal Trainer and owning my own gym and helping other overweight/obese women achieve their Dreams! Right now I am just under 20% of the way thru the textbook to get my CFT (Certified Fitness Trainer).

I also had a Dream of being on a football team....well, I started playing Rugby football a couple weeks ago (mind you, I knew nothing of the game!), and it is a LOT of fun - besides an excuse to get in shape!

Thanks for writing this blog, and helping remind me of why I am doing what I am doing, to reach my Goals (Dreams) and inspiring me to keep going!

GO US! emoticon

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the weight of the nation...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Yesterday I was able to creep out to the back is better, I'd say I'm at 70%. Gaining back that last 30% will take time, anti-inflammatories, ice, slow exercise and stretching. But I'm incredibly grateful to be upright (mostly) again!

While at the store I really looked at people and it was sad and sort of shocking. Being obese, I view the majority of people as "not heavy"- not heavy compared to me. Yesterday I just looked at them in terms of what I would think is healthy weight, overweight and obese. The vast majoriy I saw yesterday were overweight, with a smattering of healthy weight and obesity thrown in. And, I'll wager, I was kinder than a scale would be at determining healthy weight through my viewpoint. I wasn't looking through a magazine model viewer, but through the eyes of a 46 yo woman who doesn't believe we (especially women) have to be stick thin to be "healthy".

I don't live in one of the notoriously obese states either...and my town is very well known for it's cyclers, hikers - people who are health concious. Was this a scientific study? LOL of course not! The people I saw in the 45 minutes I was out were certainly not a true guide of the state of the nation...

But it was an eye opener to me. I suggest you try it time you are sitting waiting...really look at the people around you...We are a nation going to fat at an alarming rate.

Me? I continue to be exceedingly movitvated by my recent immobilization due to injury to turn that slow descent into permanent obesity into a quest for a healthy body. I hope you are too.

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BREWMASTERBILL 8/22/2010 11:07AM

    I've done this sort of informal observing as you have. It is pretty mind boggling. I used to be that way, so far be it for me to pass judgment.

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TERRYT55 8/22/2010 11:02AM

    I've noticed the same thing. Sadly, I see more and more kids who are overweight.

I've also noticed more people out on the trail where I walk.......more families and more obese people. I'm hoping that the resent surge in articles on obesity are helping folks to do the right thing, eat less and move more.

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AMBOMAE82 8/22/2010 10:58AM

    I do the same thing when I'm shopping. I'm not trying to be judgemental, it am just a people watcher. I have found that sometimes I give advice to people, but only inside my head. I'm not crazy, and I don't want a random stranger to punch me in the face for suggesting a healthier alternative to the junk they have in their cart. I actually find it motivating in a way. I feel like I'm able to test myself and I can see how far I've come in the past few months.

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