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September..I love fall!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Fall is one of my FAVORITE times of year...i love the color change, the change in the light....the kids going back to school, LOL. ME going back to school this term too, woot woot! Course, i might not be saying that in a couple weeks until I get back into the groove. Term starts the 20th...two online classes this term, one of the five million math classes I have to take and an intro to lit class.

I also like the feeling of a fresh start to a new month...new possibilities. I'm working on my september goals...hopefully post those within a day or so. some ideas....stay in the top 30 of the LC leaderboards...1000 spark points for the month (my best is just over 900), I'm working on some ideas there.

Sleep has been good the last couple of nights and I feel like a new person already. Gee, imagine getting that kinda sleep all the time...

Lost 1.1 pounds off the 5 pound gain I showed on Monday. Pretty convinced I was holding a lot of fluid due to the Aleve/not drinking water. Reset my two week goal from a week from today to two weeks from today - Might as well be realistic eh?

  
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RJANE40 9/2/2010 7:57AM

    I think its great that you got rid of some that you gained. Also good to reset your goal--its good to adjust things to something more realistic. Otherwise we just set ourselves up for disappointment.
Hugs to you!
Becky

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TERRYT55 9/1/2010 11:49PM

    I love Fall too........it's my favorite season! When I visit my daughter I drive past pumpkin fields and I see more orange every time I visit.

Happy you had a loss this week and are sleeping well. There is nothing quite like a good night's sleep and I'm hoping for one tonight.....for both of us! emoticon

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MINIDRIVER63 9/1/2010 9:30AM

    I'd feel more excited about Fall if we weren't in a heat wave! It still feels like August here. Which means more watermelon, more swimming, more fun!

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MJRVIC2000 9/1/2010 9:12AM

    Goals are wonderful for they lead us to where we want to be. It's choosing the right goals that bring the rewards we seek.
May God Bless You Today On Your Journey, Vic, Team Leader of "God's Family".

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AMBERZADE 9/1/2010 9:11AM

    It does sound like your weight gain was from not drinking water. Which means you'll have a HUGE loss after you get all the water in. emoticon

I love fall too - love school supplies - love the changing light and weather.

Wishing you all the best! emoticon

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A suspicious character...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

yesterday I thought a lot about why I'm not losing weight...and even knowing I ate under calories two days and got poor sleep, a five pound gain? Really?

I have a suspicion tho....Aleve. Aleve is a sodium product...and i started taking it daily for my arthritis....and i haven't been getting the water in. I'm thinking there's the culprit right there. can't not take it...the only alternative to me currently is ibuprofen and in the amounts needed it's too much - I'll end up with an ulcer.

So, for the rest of this week, I'll take the Aleve but i will ROCK the water. Soon as I thought of it yesterday I started drinking water and this a.m. my rings are already looser again.

I'm not getting on the scale tho. I get too wrapped up in those numbers and right now, I need to think positive!

  
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PRYDEQUEEN 8/31/2010 11:01AM

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HOPE2BE 8/31/2010 9:20AM

    Another positive about water is it helps with the pain. it gives fluidity and movement in the joints and you find yourself not being in so much pain so thereby alleviating the pain besides lowering numbers like Blood Sugar, etc.

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JUDY4652 8/31/2010 9:08AM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work!

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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!
Becky

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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 me...you'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

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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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