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October Recap/November Goals

Saturday, November 01, 2014

October Recap

1) You vs. You Challenge at the gym (4 classes a week including one ST). 3/4 weeks. emoticon
2) Continue with Dr. Beck. Got off track with this -- will get back on today! emoticon
3) Begin to implement Paleo diet. All my home meals and snacks have been paleo! I've eaten out and had some drinks with friends but I have mostly prepared my own paleo meals. emoticon
4) Track nutrition. emoticon Pretty good. I had a 28 day streak! emoticon
5) Lose however much weight naturally results from the above actions! I lost somewhere between 2 and 3 pounds making this a losing month -- wahoo! emoticon

November goals are the same!

1) You vs. You Challenge at the gym (4 classes a week including one ST).
2) Continue with Dr. Beck.
3) Follow Paleo/primarian diet.
4) Track nutrition.
5) Do not gain weight over 1 week vacation in Tahoe!

  
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KLONG8 11/18/2014 3:01PM

    Nice summary.....

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PRIN1978 11/3/2014 9:37PM

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KHCHARMED1987 11/3/2014 7:26PM

    emoticon emoticon Great job having a losing month!!!

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MYLOVELYCURVES 11/2/2014 11:46AM

    Great job last month! And I love your November goals. You've got this!!

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RYDERB 11/2/2014 10:05AM

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LAILATN 11/1/2014 5:13PM

    Sounds like a positive month! Great job!
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AZMOMXTWO 11/1/2014 5:05PM

  awesome goals you can do it

enjoy the trip to Tahoe

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AMBER281 11/1/2014 4:27PM

    Those are great goal! You can do it!

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FUNLOVEN 11/1/2014 3:54PM

    You've got this!

Nice job sticking to your goals. I'm starting Beck and really liking it so far. I really needed the attitude adjustment.

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Mid-Month Check-In

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1) You vs. You Challenge at the gym (4 classes a week including one ST) emoticon I am making all my classes, having fun and feeling good!
2) Continue with Dr. Beck. emoticon I've actually taken a few days off from this but today is my first day back doing the exercises and writing in my diet journal. It feels good.
3) Begin to implement Paleo diet. emoticon All my home meals and snacks are paleo! I've eaten out non-Paleo twice.
4) Track nutrition. emoticon Every day!
5) Lose however much weight naturally results from the above actions! emoticon So far about 2.2 pounds. Hopefully I will hit 5 pounds for the month.

  
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TEMPEST272002 10/17/2014 7:54PM

    Well done meeting all of your goals! Just started reading the Dr. Beck, on your recommendation. :O)

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JADED_CHICK19 10/17/2014 7:56AM

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PRIN1978 10/16/2014 9:31PM

    Good for you! Keep it up!

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Tapping into my pride

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I really, really have to send a huge thanks to 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI. I want her to know how much she's helped me modify my thinking in the past few days.

I saw a comment she wrote on someone else's blog that some consider keeping even 10% of your original weight loss off for over a year to be successful weight loss maintenance. Now, I know the generally accepted definition is more stringent -- remaining within a certain number of pounds from your goal, or remaining within a healthy weight range. However, the 10% figure led to a revelation for me.

I started my journey at 245 in September 2009. I got down to 172 then stabilized at 179 before starting to climb back up last year. I stopped the climb at 202.8. Today, I weigh 197.8.

THIS IS SUCCESS.

No, I'm not exactly where I want to be. I'm working hard to lose weight. But I also need to clap myself on the back. Goal or no goal, I have beaten the odds and am continuing to beat the odds, every day. According to the odds, I should have long since yo-yo'd back up to 245 pounds OR MORE. In actuality, I never weighed in at 245 again. Instead, I've continued to lose, fighting off set-backs along the way.

Real lifestyle change has occurred. My weight today is proof positive of that. I could not weigh nearly 50 pounds less than where I started if I had the same habits. If I never worked out, never even walked, ate take-out every day and polished off a bottle of wine a few times a week.

The mere fact that I weigh 197.8 -- again, not at goal, not where I want to be -- that fact alone means I am winning.

Flipping the narrative from one of regain and shame to one of pride and success is a huge game changer. I feel happy, motivated and ready to fight for what I've worked so hard to achieve.

So, again, hearty thanks to 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI, to all of the maintainers who work so hard to educate us and all of my supportive sparkfriends. I credit you all with this important shift in my perspective.

  
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KELLEYAIMSHIGH 10/19/2014 8:35AM

  To my mind, that attitude we hold about ourselves is as important as the actual physical reality, if not more so. I find that when I'm down on myself nothing is good enough, not even the successes. So congratulations on flipping the script and reframing reality to reflect success, rather than failure!

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RITEEBEE 10/15/2014 8:13AM

    Awesome! That is SUCCESS!!! Congrats!! Such a better way to look at it!!

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MIRAGE727 10/14/2014 9:44PM

    Stay strong, stay focused, and embrace your healthy lifestyle!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/14/2014 8:59PM

    I'm so glad you were heartened by those numbers. And I would like to point out that it's not just "some" who define successful maintenance as keeping off 10% of the starting weight.

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) frequently publishes scientific papers about successful maintainers based on information from the database they manage. And that definition is the most common one I've seen among their scientific papers about maintenance and maintainers.

So, Chica, it's not by some little back water definition that you're succeeding. The foremost scientific group doing research on maintenance uses that definition. And you know what? That's good enough for me. (As an active research scientist myself albeit in a different field I take these things pretty seriously. I would not misrepresent what I read in the literature.)

So YES, this is DEFINITELY success, and it DEFINITELY calls for acknowledging what you've accomplished. It's a big thing and shows you've clearly changed. I find these kinds of successes motivating because if I can do that, what ELSE might I be able to do, given enough time and practice? (Right now I'd settle for getting back below 160 and staying there LOL)

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TEMPEST272002 10/14/2014 7:14PM

    This is why emoticon It's great how we are able to inspire and learn from each other. emoticon emoticon emoticon On your change in perspective!

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PATTISTAMPS 10/14/2014 2:41PM

    I have yo-yoed SO many times! But I never before acknowledged that I needed to make long term permanent changes! So yes, I did have a regain, but again NOT ALL I LOST!! I have kept 10% off, too! And working my way back.. You have done an amazing job at losing and at keeping most of it off. And you WILL get to your goal. We have time for this. Remember that EVERY pound is a victory, and every pound makes a difference! So if you "only" lose one pound in a month, you are STILL losing. And if you lose more, good for you.

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JADED_CHICK19 10/14/2014 1:38PM

    I love this way of thinking...and it's SO true!!! You are a success and you have done amazing and still are! I love how positive this blog is! Keep up with this thought process and nothing can stop you!

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TUTUNAN 10/14/2014 1:26PM

    You are a winner! Congrats!!

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First meeting with new health coach!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

You guys, I'm so serious about reaching my goal weight and maintaining for LIFE that I have taken a new step -- something I've never done before in my numerous attempts to lose weight.

I've enlisted a health coach. I've actually known Heather as my dance instructor for over two years. She's also my masseuse! She is an amazing force in the studio so when I found out she had just gotten her life coaching degree (in addition to her training as a personal trainer, masseuse, yoga practitioner and amateur nutritionist), I realized I had to ask her to be my health coach.

I wanted to try something new, take a step I'd never taken before. I need someone to help me trouble shoot, to motivate me, help me focus and reach my goals.

Well, we had our first meeting today and it was great. She gave me "homework" -- helpful things that I can't wait to get started on.

This step is probably not for everyone. But for me, at this point, I'm so ready to master my weight problem. I'm not looking for short term fixes or to lose 20 pounds only to gain it back. I want to identify the problem, fix it and put a plan in place for maintenance. I'll keep you guys updated on whether Heather helps me to achieve this!

  
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PATTISTAMPS 10/13/2014 1:12PM

    AWESOME!!

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TEMPEST272002 10/12/2014 11:43AM

    This is awesome! It's great to have someone who is 100% in your corner helping you create a healthy lifestyle.

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POSITIVEHOPE 10/11/2014 9:48PM

    emoticon You are courageously facing your challenges and she will help you on your way.

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/11/2014 8:59PM

    That's great

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LINDA! 10/11/2014 8:21PM

    Wow, what a great opportunity to have her as a health coach. She is a very capable person.

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Thanks to my aching foot and knee

Saturday, October 11, 2014

In July of 2013, I weighed 172, down from a high of 245, just three pounds from exiting the "obese" column. Over the next year, I steadily inched my way back to 200, crossing that dreaded line in August. I was mired in self-loathing, weighing every day and then nastily berating myself for hours afterwards. But the hatred I spewed at my body was not the solution. It never could be.

Instead, I noticed that my planar fascitis was returning. I was hitting the gym -- hard -- and walking a lot, too, in an effort to get the scale trending back down. Not only was my foot on fire after every workout, I dropped it like it was hot in one of my classes and tweaked my knee.

Between the foot and the knee, I found myself limping around in pain. Not just physical pain, but anger as well. Wasn't I leaping around like an acrobat just a year ago? Now I was in the back of my class, huffing and puffing to keep up.

THIS was why I got on the path to health. I could not imagine losing mobility so early in my life. Being too slow to keep up. Having bad knees and feet. Paradoxically, the fatter you are, the worse your mobility and the fatter you become! When I was first struck by fascitis in 2011, I was 28 years old, and 238 pounds and I could see my life slipping away. And I said NO.

Thanks to my aching foot and knee, I was able to see the path I was on before I regained it all. I'm happy to report that I'm back in the 190's and my foot and knee are not bugging me as much. I have a long way to go but I'm on my way.

  
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JORDAN1019 10/15/2014 3:18PM

    Going through the exact same thing now, foot pain and knee injury! I've been feeling defeated, but just started going back to the gym and watching what I eat again. Unfortunately, the weight gain is significant and I have a long journey ahead of me once again. I'm happy to hear that losing weight will help the plantar fasciitis though. Gives me some hope.. Thanks for sharing

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PATTISTAMPS 10/13/2014 1:12PM

    I know exactly what you mean... I hate being the "slow" one! And happily, I am not always any more! I have a test coming up next week - my sister has lost a lot of weight in the last 2 years and we will be doing a lot with them on our visit to Texas. Be interesting to see if I can keep up! And if not... well, I will be working even harder!!! Kudos to you for getting back to One-derland and for getting your mojo back!

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TEMPEST272002 10/12/2014 11:52AM

    I'm learning this lesson too. It's hard to forgive ourselves for gaining back the weight, but doing so really frees us to make more loving, healthy choices for ourselves.

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PRIN1978 10/11/2014 7:52PM

    Keep going girl. emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 10/11/2014 5:39PM

    So happy for the progress you've made. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPASCAL 10/11/2014 4:31PM

    Oops! I posted twice...
I admire your honesty and perseverance. emoticon

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SPASCAL 10/11/2014 4:30PM

    Yes you are on your way. I hope you find ways to enjoy the journey despite the setbacks. You are saying YES to life! Go for it! emoticon

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