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A Good Weekend!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Huzzah! I actually managed to have a pretty good weekend. I did not eat as few calories as I would have hoped but I kept it under 1800, made both of my workouts and continued tracking and getting my water. All this even though I went out with a friend for lunch yesterday, and got Thai take-out last night. So I finally proved to myself that it is possible to enjoy the weekend while still remaining true to my mission and making progress. So proud! I'm going to write down the steps I took for this successful weekend in hopes that I am able to repeat it next weekend!!

1) Track food
2) Workout
3) Look for healthy alternatives -- I chose the restaurant we went to with our friend and I selected it for its healthy options. When we got frozen yogurt, we got one and split it three ways.
4) Snack on fruit!
5) Eat most meals at home -- we ate one meal out and take-out once but the other meals we prepared ourselves.

I spent today packing up my apartment. Good news -- there is a bellydance studio in walking distance to my new home! I LOVE belly dance, and took it until my old studio stopped offering it. I never found a bellydance studio on the Peninsula so I gave it up -- but now I will definitely go at least once a week! So excited -- I can really feel that this move will be great for me.

Making chicken, broccoli and cauliflower right now. I am much more successful when I use Sunday as a launchpad for the week -- prepping food, doing laundry, etc. Can't wait for another successful week! Stringing two together will be a big deal!

  
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PATTISTAMPS 7/16/2014 2:07PM

    Good Job!!! I know that you are under a lot of stress, for sure. Even though you are looking forward to the move, it is still stressful! But having already lined up a great fitness option helps! You are doing this! WOO HOO!!!

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BECOMEFEARLESS 7/13/2014 11:08PM

    Best of luck on your goals this week. Love belly dancing!

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EMMACORY 7/13/2014 9:15PM

    emoticon on a successful weekend. I think many of us struggle with staying the course on the weekend. Thanks for the good example! Have a healthy week! emoticon

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A "Come to Jesus" Moment

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Urban dictionary defines it as "An epiphany in which one realizes the truth of a matter."

After years of running from the truth of the matter, it has finally dawned on me: I need to eat a low-calorie diet. Pretty much every day. For the rest of my life.

You may think I've known or thought this all along. After all I have been on Spark for years, lost tons of weight, surely I did this by eating fewer calories!

Yes, I have eaten fewer calories. But I always do this with a gimmick of some kind. It isn't cutting calories, it's being vegan, or low-carb, or paleo. Not that there is anything wrong with any of those styles of eating. I've enjoyed and had success with all of them. But what they all share is the removal of one or more food groups which results in calorie restriction.

I loathe the idea of calorie restriction. It just seems so -- RESTRICTIVE! So instead of facing facts -- I eat too much, most of the time -- I have sought "the perfect diet." The one that will enable me to keep eating too much most of the time but miraculously still lose weight.

I've had some success with this. Particularly, with a very low carb diet, you can eat a large volume of food without eating a large volume of calories. But, even though it helps me lose weight in the short term, it does not help me with my essential problem which is that I EAT TOO MUCH, MOST OF THE TIME. That is the issue. Fix that, fix the weight problem.

So, I'm currently working on maintaining a low-calorie diet. Specifically, I am trying to eat no more than 1278 calories per day. It is comprised mostly of good healthy fruits, vegetables, lean proteins. But I am not really eating large quantities of these foods. Three meals, 1 or two snacks. Modest amounts, weighed out on the scale.

If I am going to truly lose weight -- and maintain that loss -- I have to finally change, not just the food I eat, but the QUANTITY in which I eat it.

  
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EMMACORY 7/13/2014 9:18PM

    Do you feel deprive when you eat at the lower end of your range? Maybe instead of calling it a low calorie diet you rename it to this is how I eat for health? Good luck! emoticon

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GORIANA 7/11/2014 3:45PM

    Good luck.

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NELLJONES 7/11/2014 8:04AM

    In the end, it is, indeed, about calorie restriction. I have to limit myself to about 1200 cals a day to maintain my weight (I am 5'4" and very small boned), so the question is "How glorious can I make those 1200 calories?" There is always tomorrow for more food, I don't have to eat it all now.

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RENATARUNS 7/11/2014 8:03AM

    Yes! I feel like you are getting it, good job. Even though I was never a dieter, I didn't think I could restrict calories either without constantly resenting it, until health issues seemed to give me no choice. But once I did accept it, it was almost easy, truly it was.

Like another poster said, you may be able to go a bit higher than that if you can work in enough exercise. (I only did walking most of the time, myself, but at an hour a day on average still burned enough to increase calories by ~ 300 a day.) You can still get a lot of volume without compromising calorie goals, and in a healthy way, by increasing veggies a lot. (Lots of posters on the forum who love to feel full swear by this.) And you can completely expect that once you reach your goal weight, you'll be able to slowly increase calories by some small amount until you reach maintenance. Who knows how much until you do it, but you'll probably get something back.

The thing you'll find out is that in the end it hardly matters. The body adjusts; the hard part is all in the head.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 7/10/2014 11:59PM

    Yeah, I have had and have forgotten that thought many, many times. I find though because of my current activity level and current weight I can eat quite a few healthy calories and still lose weight. But alas, I will never be able to eat the amount of calories that I did if I want to lose or maintain my weight loss for the rest of my life. The rest.of.my.life.

PS. I've had that 'come to the chip bag' moment many, many times as well. lol

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KNYAGENYA 7/10/2014 8:20PM

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PATTISTAMPS 7/10/2014 1:24PM

    I know you are petite, so that might be your calorie limit. But I have found that exercise allows me to eat more calories and so I do not feel deprived or like I am on a diet. I connected my nutrition tracker and fitness tracker together, and now when I work out, it increase my calorie range for the day. It is still BELOW maintenance. And therefore, I continue to (slowly) lose weight. You might want to look at this... I've only done it a couple of weeks ago, but it is working for me... And we all know - whatever works for you is the right thing. So if it isn't for you, it's ok.. won't hurt my feelings. Just an idea...

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Small streak, small reward

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I have an incredibly tiny streak going right now -- 3 days of proper nutrition.

I love streaking. And I love rewards. But when rewards are tied to weight loss, you can go along time without getting one. That sort of defeats the purpose of rewards -- to celebrate your victories along the way.

My three days feels pretty significant -- four more and I'll have a whole week! Here's the pink grapefruit fragrance and soap I picked out today to mark my success.

  
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JADED_CHICK19 7/9/2014 8:02PM

    I love this! It's a great idea to reward yourself no matter how small the reason! Great job!

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Mid-Week Check-In

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

TRIUMPHS
I've been eating about 1200 calories a day
I've been drinking 8+ glasses of water a day
I've attended Zumba twice

CHALLENGES
I need to make larger batches of food so I'm not cooking all the time
I need to invest more time in meal planning
My foot hurts (but it hasn't stopped me from working out)

This week, I'm going to devote some time to figuring out how I can make my weekend a successful one. I have the following events planned:

Meeting up with my family for my niece's play, followed by dinner
"Drinks" with friends (I'm AF right now so no drinks for me!)

Regarding my family, we've already selected the restaurant so I will check the menu and see if there is anything I can order. If not, I may skip out on the "dinner" portion of the event.

Regarding "drinks" with my friends, I think if I stick to water/club soda/diet coke, I should be fine. I will tell them what I'm doing -- hopefully, there will be no judgment (there is always judgment!!).

On Saturday and Sunday, I don't have social outings planned so I will simply stick to the food I've prepared at home and continue with the trends outlined above.

I'm going to spend more time thinking about this through out the week. Weekends and social situations are my Achilles heel! In order to "beat thing thing" once and for all, I will need to conquer them. I'm willing to do the hard part which is saying "no" to lots of things. I know moderation works for a lot of people but for me, it requires such constant vigilance that I don't know if I'm ready for it just now.

  
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TEMPEST272002 7/9/2014 4:03PM

    Great job identifying places that might pose a challenge for you & coming up with a plan to deal with it. For batch cooking, one of my favourite recipes is spinach and cheese stuffed meatloaf - sparkrecipes.com . I bulk it up by adding diced zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, celery etc. I divide the recipe into 12 balls and cook them in a muffin tin. 2 = 1 serving at dinner, 1 is great for a snack. Freezes well.

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UNICORN212 7/9/2014 3:48PM

    You can always order something that looks like a "drink" that does not contain alcohol. A sparkling water with a twist of lime looks a lot like a vodka tonic....and contains few calories. And I am sure the restaurant can manage an acceptable salad and/or some grilled chicken. You can do this!

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WIFE48 7/9/2014 3:16PM

    Sounds like a good plan. emoticon

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NSV's I am looking forward to

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

NSVís I am looking forward to:

1) No longer feeling pain in my foot (this is a huge motivator right now!)
2) Fitting comfortably into my new school boy blazer
3) Fitting comfortably in my dark blue jean jacket
4) Fitting comfortably into my suits
5) Feeling greater energy
6) Feeling the mood boost

I can't wait to start getting some of the under my belt!

  
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PATTISTAMPS 7/9/2014 2:20PM

    Just read both of your blogs! I am thrilled for you moving back, and also for your motivation! I think the photo looks good - but not like your profile picture. You ARE so going to do this!!!

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LEAHOBI 7/9/2014 12:56PM

    You can do it :)

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LAILATN 7/9/2014 12:03PM

    I like the list!

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JADED_CHICK19 7/9/2014 11:59AM

    You totally got this! Keep on truckin!

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TEMPEST272002 7/9/2014 11:47AM

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/9/2014 11:22AM

    NSVs are best! emoticon

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FITWITHIN 7/9/2014 11:19AM

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REGINAROLLINS 7/9/2014 11:09AM

  Everyone should do this list just to keep positive-no bummer comments allowed

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144AUTUMN 7/9/2014 11:08AM

  YOU can do it!!!!

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