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My new mantra

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I'm making slow but steady progress. My fat clothes are practically falling off, and I've taken two loads to the consignment store, but the size 12's from when I was near goal are still barely big enough for one leg:( Not sure about the exact weight loss, since I have been afraid to get on the scales for the last three weeks after imperfect weekends.

I have been AF 5 days a week since school started back, and under my calorie goal on SP, in target range based on my Fitbit activity levels. Doing at least 6000 steps daily, usually 10,000, and 15,000 yesterday. Have made it to the gym twice a week before work (a big deal for me since I'm not a morning person,) taken long hikes on weekends, and walked daily after work. I also get in lots of steps at work walking up and down the halls doing supervision, picking up groups, and visiting classes.

Weekends are the hardest though. DH likes to cook up a big breakfast (with some kind of fatty meat) and it's not a weekend to him without adult beverages. I weaned myself off alcohol for almost a month, but special occasions, celebrations, vacation, and lake trips always seem to involve drinks and foods I don't normally bring into the house. A couple of Martinis with jalapeņo olives or a breakfast with bacon, eggs, and waffles, can blow my calorie count for the whole day (not to mention sodium!)

We've traveled several weekends, and that has included meals out. I've done well during the weeks, but on weekends I'm just trying to at least keep my calories under my BMR so I don't gain.

In 2006 I lost 65 lbs. in 7 months. I slowly gained it back beginning in the fall of 2008. Although I'm impatient, maybe going slower this time will help me be better prepared to maintain for life.

I know I'm never going to be perfect, but if I stay on track 90% of the time I think I will get to my goal weight eventually without too much pain, and hopefully learn to live a life of moderation. So, a bad day doesn't make it a bad life, and if I mess up, I won't give up!

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IAMBIZI 9/22/2013 8:04PM

    fall down 7 times get up 8....
day at a time....that is all we have is right now.
keep up the faith!

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CAPECODBABE 9/22/2013 4:15PM

    Weekends are hard for most of us! But you are doing great!

Remember no one is perfect and you will get there!
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CHERYL_ANNE 9/22/2013 10:59AM

    You got this and you can do this.

Moderation as opposed to deprivation. I use half-servings on occasion. Maybe think about breakfast a little differently and have half a waffle or half a serving of bacon. Same with alcohol - you could enjoy half a martini.

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NANCYPAT1 9/22/2013 8:10AM

    Blessings on you and you are seeing success however - speed doesn't guarantee permanency - remember that PROGRESS happens in its own time and at its own speed but it can last.

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JUST_BRENDA 9/22/2013 7:30AM

    Keep focusing on your goals. You can do this!!!

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SHERYLP461 9/22/2013 7:17AM

    My favorite Mae West quote. "If it is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly."

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PATSYB7 9/22/2013 6:26AM

    Sounds like you're on the right track. Weekends are hard for me, too! Never give up!
Keep Sparking!
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MJRVIC2000 9/21/2013 10:14PM

    Praise God and give Him all the glory! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Moderation...in all things

Sunday, August 04, 2013

I had a great week last week. Stayed on the low end of my calorie range, and exercised every day. TWICE every day Monday through Friday. Partly to try out some evening exercise classes for when I go back to work in two weeks (ugh!) and partly to make my Fitbit step goals. And DH took off Friday afternoon to hike with me. My normal routine this summer has been to walk 3 miles at the park on M,W, and F, and 30 minutes on the elliptical and weights at the gym on T and Th. I've also been trying some yoga and pilates videos on SP and YouTube. I meet my exercise buddy every morning at 7:30. I've kept that routine while adding the classes, evening walks, and Friday's hike.

So anyway, after such a great week, I hit the wall yesterday. I was completely exhausted, so I took the day off. Then I was irritable and moody from not exercising. To treat myself, I made cheese sauce for my broccoli. But being so virtuous, I tried a light version with no butter, and it was NASTY! (One T. of the good stuff would have been better than the 1/4 c. of the fat-free nastiness I ate!). So by then I'm really feeling sorry for myself, as DH is freshening his martini. I convinced myself that after working so hard all week, and having such a lousy Saturday, that I really deserved one too...then another. Next I found the pineapple rum left over from vacation and treated myself to that too. Blew my calorie count for the day, and felt like crap this morning.

And today was my weigh-in. With all that exercise I was hoping for a 2.5 lb. loss (I counted a 12,000 cal. deficit for the week, at 3500 per pound it made sense to me,) but the scales showed only 1 pound!

Today was a new day though, so onward and upward. Hiked about 4 miles, and stayed mid-range for calories. My Fitbit showed I had climbed 62 flights of stairs..lol! And I made my 10,000 steps, but not 15,000 like I did on Friday.

Happily, I also discovered today I could change the settings on the nutrition tracker to adjust my calorie range to my activity level, allowing me to eat more calories on super-active days. I will still try to stick to the low end of the range, but I think it will help prevent feeling like I did yesterday.

LESSON LEARNED: MODERATION! Too much exercise or too few calories can set me up for failure. And a little real food is better than a lot of "diet" food. I felt I was able to drink in moderation during vacation and stay in my calorie range, but only lost .6 during that 2 week period, in spite of being very active. Staying alcohol free is the only way I am going to be able to meet my health goals and keep the weight off for good this time. (So perhaps being AF is moderation for me?).

I got it right today, and tomorrow is another chance to get it right. I'm in it for the long term, and I'll make mistakes along the way, but mistakes are for learning!

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IAMBIZI 9/22/2013 8:08PM

    YOu are making positive efforts. this is hard work that you are doing.
You are worthy of this effort!

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/5/2013 7:46AM

    Moderation instead of deprivation has definitely been the way to go for me because that
is what I've had success with.

Yes, real food is better than 'diet' food (or what I term 'chemical s***storm in a container that's being marketed as "food" '.

It's definitely a learning curve figuring out what works best for you - and when you do achieve balance it's a glorious thing!

Even though the scale didn't move as much as you hoped - surely there are other non-scale victories you're noticing?


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CAPECODBABE 8/5/2013 7:46AM

    The scale is not always our friend. You may step on it tomorrow and be pleasantly surprised!

You are doing great!!!!

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FLOATNRN 8/5/2013 2:21AM

    Good job listening to your body. Keep up the good work!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/4/2013 10:47PM

    Learning to interpret our bodies seems to be a big key to success. You did great no matter what the scale says!!

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MRSKATEDUVALL 8/4/2013 10:33PM

    You are a powerhouse!

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CAROL_31649731 8/4/2013 10:27PM

    Nicely stated! Looking back & recognizing where you can improve--very insightful. And 1 lb is 1 lb!!!!! And I didn't start losing until I had some AF days either, so YES that is helpful. Continue on, my friend . . . you're on the right track!

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Fit Bit!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Got my FitBit today! I had already done my 3-mile walk this morning, so of course I had to go back out and try it this evening. I usually use the Gaia lite app on my iphone to track my mileage and speed, and they matched exactly! And it showed on my tracker as soon as I logged in. This is going to be fun and motivating. emoticon

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PATJOONWW 8/6/2013 3:07PM

    Awesome, I got mine a couple weeks ago and I love it.

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MERRYMARY42 7/31/2013 10:25PM

    I got mine in July too, and really enjoy it, but I too like gadgets, even if I can't figure them out

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CAPECODBABE 7/31/2013 10:15PM

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CAROL_31649731 7/31/2013 10:02PM

    New gadgets are so much fun . . . enjoy! I'll bet it will really help your progress, too! emoticon

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Old Fool

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's true, there's no fool like an old fool!

In my attempt to find some exercise options for when I go back to school I've been checking out some evening classes at the gym. Yoga last night was great.

Tonight I tried a kettle bell class. I should have taken my first clue when I realized I was twice as old and twice as heavy as anyone else in the class! I expected it to focus on weight training, but didn't realize how intensely aerobic swinging those weights is for an old fat woman. The instructor was encouraging, but didn't show many options for adapting the moves to my fitness level. There wasn't much cool down or stretching at the end either.

Not one to back down, I doggedly hung in there, but I way over did! Now my thighs are twitchy, my knees are sore, and I can hardly move! I'll see how I feel tomorrow before I decide whether to try it again...if I live!

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    Wow! I'm impressed that you even tried! Good effort.

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SHE-LION 7/31/2013 7:14PM

    I agree with Marty. The trainer may not have been knowledgeable enough an instructor! Hang in there! You're going to find your niche. emoticon

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MKMMARTY 7/31/2013 9:30AM

    the trainer does not sound so trained.
But it is good you tried something new.

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LJCANNON 7/31/2013 12:42AM

    emoticon I have been looking at Kettlebells, and the concensus seems to be -- Get A Well Trained Trainer!!
emoticon Congratulations on getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone!!

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CAROL_31649731 7/30/2013 9:03PM

    Kettlebells are good workout, though. I tried a class once & it ended up being more floor exercises that actual kettebells, so I bought a DVD & did my workouts at home. Then I could go at my own pace. You never know what kind of class you're going to get at the gym (depends on what the instructor likes to do, I guess). Kudos for trying something knew . . . keep up the good work!

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MYBULLDOGS 7/30/2013 7:43PM

    my sister lost 105 lbs walking 15000 steps day at age 64.

i lost 44 pounds giving up grain and sugar products at age 61


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UNCANNIE 7/30/2013 7:23PM

    Wow! When I entered 45 minutes of kettle bell training in my fitness tracker it said I burned 900 calories! I don't believe it, but it looks good.

And thanks Renata, but I'm not going back to school at my age, I'm going back to my job as a school counselor after summer break:)

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CAPECODBABE 7/30/2013 7:21PM

    Take it slow and keep trying

If you are breathing, you can do it

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RENATA144 7/30/2013 7:11PM

  I'm so proud of you for getting back into shape & going back to school. You will have to build up your endurance. If you keep it up Before you know it you'll be much stronger.
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Good Week

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Moved my ticker down 3.2 lbs. today! (That includes the .6 from the 2 week vacay.) Still makes it a good week:) No alcohol since vacation has made a big difference, as well as eating in 7 of last 8 nights.

Great 3 mile hike today. If I count it as a "hike climbing hills carrying less than 10 lbs." it is 720 cal. If I track the mileage and time (65 min.) it only gives me 320 cal. I counted the lower amount, and whatever over is all good I guess. Have also tried some of the SP abs, pilates, and yoga videos this week in addition to my walking or elliptical and weight machines. I love the 20 minute Yogalites workout, think I will order the video when I get paid.

Also thinking about a FitBit. If anyone out there reading this is using one, please let me know how it's working for you. I walk a lot at work going to classrooms and picking up students, and it's a big building. I know that's not cardio, but I would be interested in how many steps. And maybe it would give me a better estimate of whether walks like today are a hike or a 3 mile walk.

Looking forward to another good week, Hopefully the rain has moved out for a while so I can spend more time outdoors,

Thanks to team members who have replied to my blog and posts and offered their support. It really helps.

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CAROL_31649731 7/28/2013 10:56PM

    Congrats on the ticker moving downward. I, too, am finding that staying AF helps keep the ticker heading in the downward direction. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 7/28/2013 8:03PM

    3 pounds is great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LLREED 7/28/2013 7:33PM

    Way to go, Annie! I don't have a fitbit, but I know that a lot of people here on Spark do and really like them. Have a great week!

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