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On Being Called an Inspiration

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Recently I have been surprised, pleased and humbled to be contacted by several new members asking for advice on how I have been successful in my journey. Something about my page inspired them enough to reach out to me. I have to tell you how incredibly satisfying it is to feel that I have touched someone in that way, especially when I have all the ups and downs of everyone else and sometimes feel that I am falling far short of the expectations I have for myself.

When they asked me for advice, this is what I said. I thought I would share it here for anyone who might need something like this right now and for myself to be reminded of this the next time one of the "downs" comes around.
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The best advice I can give you is first of all to BELIEVE that this is possible. I was over 50 years old and 295 pounds at my highest weight before I began my journey to health and fitness. I hated everything about exercise and didn't even like taking walks.

Remind yourself regularly that you didn't get this way overnight and you aren't going to be thin and fit overnight, either. That knowledge and understanding will go a long way to keeping you on track even when you feel discouraged because the scale isn't cooperating.

Third, I would say, is to learn to forgive yourself and move on. You will slip. You will slide. It isn't how many times you fall down that matters. It is how many times you get back up. I have fallen off track many times, but I am still here and still plugging along toward my goals.

Last, but not least, I would say, follow the basics -- exercise regularly, eat high quality foods, count your calories, drink your water, get enough sleep. I can't tell you how many "lose weight fast" schemes I have tried in my life, and while I lost weight on many of them, I never could keep it off. Do you know why? Because I never developed any new habits. I simply dieted and then I didn't. When I dieted, I lost weight and when I stopped, I gained it back.

What SparkPeople teaches works. Over the months and years that it has taken me to reach this point, I have developed new habits that make me FEEL GREAT! I feel physically better, I have more energy and I am happier. Because of these changes, when I slip, slide or fall, I get back on track with those healthy habits not just to lose weight, but to regain those great feelings.

My journey has not been one of perfection, but one of improvement. I am moving fairly consistently toward a better version of me and you can do it, too!

  
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MSFICOSCORE 4/11/2014 2:40PM

    This was right on time. I will come back and revisit it whenever I need a boost!!! emoticon

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TKAYSMILES 3/13/2014 1:01PM

    You are an inspiration in so many ways!! I'm so glad you are an Outlaw and that you are my friend!!!

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CHRISTINEBWD 3/9/2014 11:34PM

    You should write more blogs! Everything you said made perfect sense to me. I also hope I can learn some new habits to help get me to a healthy weight. I also really enjoy you on the message boards too! - Fun! emoticon emoticon Christine

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2014FORME 2/13/2014 8:48AM

    I love the smile in your words..thank you for sharing ,its like a re-motivator for me emoticon

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NERDLETTE 2/10/2014 6:06PM

    Just awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us! emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 2/10/2014 12:00AM

    I just love everything you said and you said it so eloquently. You certainly could be a motivational speaker. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/2/2014 9:31AM

    Well said!

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I love Spark People because you have people here to want to achieve something. You are motivating me every day - people like you who have been so successful because it counters MY limiting belief that "I can't do this because I've never lost weight and successfully kept it off."

Like Edison in his quest for the light bulb, I've found 999 ways to NOT lose weight and keep it off successfully. Now know i've found the right way for me and the tools I need and am so excited to reach my goal weight this year!

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CLOVER2 2/2/2014 3:30AM

    And a large part of what makes it work is the joy of getting a chance to meet people like you to share this journey with. It makes all the hard work, all the "downs" a bit easier to deal with. I have been privileged to be able to have you be a part of my life, thank you!
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ZENRYAKU 2/2/2014 1:25AM

    emoticon Great read, and thank you.

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CARTOONB 1/30/2014 11:25PM

    Nicely put

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MUDGE4 1/30/2014 8:45PM

    emoticon That was just what I needed to read tonight! emoticon

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JO88BAKO 1/30/2014 8:36PM

    What an inspiration to everyone who reads this. These are the things we need to be reminded of often. Thank you so very much for sharing!!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/30/2014 6:48PM

    Great advice! Old habits don't bring new results. You're a good role model. They have chosen wisely to ask you.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 1/30/2014 6:38PM

    Well done, Well said.

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AJDOVER1 1/30/2014 1:56PM

    it's a blessing to share this journey with you

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TWNOMWE 1/30/2014 1:41PM

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips. emoticon blog.

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PKCTTS 1/30/2014 12:45PM

    Your latest GF, get off sugar endeavor has me in awe - you have made it look fairly effortless and I know it's not.

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/30/2014 11:20AM

    It is humbling, isn't it? You deserve the Kudos! They also help to keep us focused. emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 1/30/2014 11:05AM

    You ARE an inspiration. You inspire me every single day.
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HAPPYSOUL91 1/30/2014 10:55AM

    I really like what you said about developing new habits that make you feel great.

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BLC Smart Goals

Monday, January 20, 2014

My Outcome is to weigh 180 by the end of BLC 24.

I will do this by tracking all food in calories and carbs.

I will be complete the exercise streak this round.

I will eat no sugar and drink no soda.


I will share my progress with Cynthia.

My reward for achieving this will be fitting into all of my clothing and I'll enjoy shopping again.

  
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HARRINGTON5 2/19/2014 6:52PM

    Great goals Jen,

I always do the best when I log everything I eat and log my exercise. I also love that we have the same motivation to reach our weight goal this year. You are a great motivator and we make each other accountable. So, thanks pal!
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SHEILA234 1/25/2014 10:41PM

    Way to go, Jen .... and you're motivating me, too! emoticon

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CLOVER2 1/21/2014 2:08AM

    Great goals! You can do this, I know you can. You are a strong, capable woman and you have an incredible support system here. Let me know if I can be of any help!

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CARTOONB 1/20/2014 11:10PM

    No soda? That would be tough! Good luck!

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PKCTTS 1/20/2014 9:26PM

    The no sugar is such a huge goal - it will make a huge difference too. emoticon

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JENSHAINES 1/20/2014 9:04PM

    It sounds like you're grounded and clear. YAY!!! Great goals!

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BEFIT014 1/20/2014 8:55PM

    You know emoticon

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THINAGIN2 1/20/2014 5:34PM

    Go for it!
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BOOKAPHILE 1/20/2014 2:15PM

    Best Wishes! You've got the plan...rock it!

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AMARILYNH 1/20/2014 10:55AM

    You can do it!! I find the accountability of that Wednesday weigh in with BLC is very motivating!! Here's to a great round!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/20/2014 10:17AM

    good plan, I know you will accomplish your goals

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2014 Goals

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Establish a Gluten-Free pattern of eating.

Stop eating sugar other than a VERY occasional thing.

Continue PT and the exercises I am learning there to strengthen my knees and my hip. By the end of 2014, I want to see a big difference in the way I do stairs and any ST exercise like squats.

Do cardio a MINIMUM of 150 minutes per week spread out over the week.

Continue to gradually increase my speed on the treadmill and continue to push with elevation changes.


  
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JERSEYGIRL24 1/4/2014 8:53PM

    Happy New Year, Jen!!! These goals are very good and seem achievable. I am with you on the no sugar thing. Something I have struggled with for what seems like forever. But 4 days into the New Year I seem to have a different attitude and am very confident that I am ready to conquer this puppy for once and for all.

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PKCTTS 1/1/2014 10:48PM

    I hope you have a excellent 2014! You deserve it.

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RUNNINGWILD 1/1/2014 4:38PM

    You do realize that most chocolate is NOT GF, right? emoticon
Here's to a happier, healthier 2014!
Let's rock it!

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CARTOONB 1/1/2014 4:22PM

    Excellent plans. I will send you those lists this weekend.

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GEEMAWEST 1/1/2014 3:38PM

    Great goals Jen! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 1/1/2014 12:43PM

    Great goals!! emoticon emoticon

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JENSHAINES 1/1/2014 12:37PM

    These sound like great goals! Sparkmail me if you want help with gluten free - I have tons of recipes, product suggestions, etc., etc. I've been gluten free for 2 years solidly now and it's made an ENORMOUS difference in my life.

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AJDOVER1 1/1/2014 12:25PM

    Great goals! I wish you all the best!

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MAUITN 1/1/2014 11:42AM

    Great goals. I have been looking at the grain free information. Have you already started on eliminating gluten? If so, have you noticed any changes?

Happy New Year, may 2014 be a healthier one for us all.

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JAROL7 1/1/2014 8:48AM

    YEP, we know what to do, measure every piece of food, calculate the calories, write it in our SP nutrition tracker, and exercise. Now we just WILL do it. Happy New Year! I'm joining you in this venture.

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I Need Your Input, Please!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

I would like to know if any of you can relate to what I am experiencing. About 2 months ago, I began weighing myself daily in order to see how my daily behaviors affect my weight. I felt that my weight was constantly yo-yoing within the same range and I wanted to take a closer look at what I was doing. I had always avoided daily weighing due to the psychological issues inherent with trying to lose weight and being too connected to the scale. I decided to set those aside, not expect miracles and give this a try. What I am finding is that my weight varies wildly from day to day. I'm not talking about a pound or fraction of a pound. I am talking POUNDS! In addition to recording my daily weight, I also record what variables I think might have had a positive or negative impact on each day.

Here is an example of what I have seen just over the past few days:

From Friday to Saturday my weight jumped 3.8 pounds. I reviewed the day and noted that I ate lunch out (though only ate a half portion of the Vietnamese Hotpot), I had a beer that night and I had had too little sleep for several nights. My calorie count was slightly over my range. I did my usual amount of exercise.

From Saturday to Sunday I dropped 5.2 pounds. Fearing that sodium had been the previous day's culprit, I kicked up the water intake (I ALWAYS drink more than 8 cups of water, so this day was 13 cups), added several potassium-heavy fruit servings, and stayed at the low end of my calorie range and got a good night's sleep. Again, I did my usual amount of exercise.

From Sunday to Monday I gained 2.5 pounds. This one blows my mind. I stayed in my calorie range, pushed fluids and pushed myself. I did 20 minutes of ST and then 100 minutes on the treadmill. I ate lots of veggies and fruits and had very minimal sodium.

I just don't get this extreme fluctuation and am wondering if any of you have and answers or suggestions. Help!



  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/8/2014 6:15PM

    I'm hopping about reading old blogs and came across this on the feed.

Agree with A-NEW-PAULA

I find that foods that used to be "go to" weight loss foods like eggs and salmon and eggplant and tomatoes and cauliflower react VERY badly with my body and cause weight spikes.

I never realized why, but Lyn Genet says it's kind of like allergy's - some people react and some people don't. You just have to experiment on yourself and find out what's not working for you.

I've never done the full "Plan" as outlined in her book, but I incorporated more "low inflammatory food" into my diet.

Good luck!

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TWNOMWE 11/7/2013 12:09PM

    I have had similar results and since I am still in the losing mode, I stopped because it was frustrating and the bad days would drive me to overeat.

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UNICORN212 10/11/2013 12:22AM

    LOL - It could also be the quality of the scale, the age or quality of the batteries, or even the amount of dust or pet hair (I have 3 dogs) that has collected around or under it.

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WATOGA17 10/9/2013 9:29AM

    THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO TOOK THE TIME TO SHARE YOUR INSIGHTS WITH ME. THEY WERE REALLY HELPFUL! I THINK WHAT I MOST WANTED TO KNOW WAS THAT I WAS NOT AN ANOMALY (though I didn't realize that until I started reading your comments). YOU ARE ALL THE BEST!

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BARBSDUCK 10/9/2013 7:15AM

    Jen - I understand why you wanted to see the daily fluctuations, but I think weighing daily isn't necessarily going to give you any insight into why you "are constantly yo-yoing within the same range." The daily fluctuations will likely track physical variations, as everybody else mentioned (salt, exercise, etc.), but what if the cause of the longterm yo-yoing isn't physical? How will tracking it help?

For me, when I'm not making progress on this journey, it is usually an inside job issue, like lack of motivation or emotional eating. (Again for me,) tracking daily just makes it harder to see the forest through the trees.

Or, there may be other longterm explanations that have nothing to do with daily fluctuations. For example, given your weight loss, it may be time for you to lower your calorie range. Or, it may be that you are nearing maintenance, which is a time when your body will let go of weight very reluctantly.

Try looking at the overall picture, physically and emotionally, rather than the fluctuations.

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PENOWOK 10/8/2013 3:43PM

    I think it's actually pretty common for people to have such fluctuations. Yes, the sodium may have a big impact and we have so much added sodium in the foods we eat---even the healthier ones!The key would be to look at the overall picture, which I know you are doing. Some people need that daily weigh in just to check on themselves, but this seems to be adding stress to you. I read that you've been short of sleep also-two areas that keep us from where we need to be to lose.

Hang in there...try not to let this throw you under the bus...

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AJDOVER1 10/8/2013 3:34PM

    I've been weighing myself daily and tracking the number on the FitBit site since April. Those daily fluctuations are NORMAL and I don't let them drive me crazy. Our bodies are about 60% fluid and sodium is not the only thing that affects the amount of water we're holding onto. Eating protein causes our bodies to hold onto more water for digesting it, for example. Too much or too little fiber can have an impact. I even find I weigh more the day after I've been wearing flipflops because my plantar fasciitis makes my feet swell a bit. A lot of heavy cardio makes my muscles hold onto fluid for a day or so, too.

It's not all about Calories in vs. Calories out.

Weighing less often does not make the numbers more accurate. Statistics are my job, so I'm a big fan of collecting data -- I just don't act on it every day. It's just good to see the overall trend in the numbers.

It looks like you've gotten a lot of feedback here. Take what feels right and ignore the rest!

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BELLSES 10/8/2013 1:41PM

    I also fluctuate widely from day to day. So I stick with specific days of the week and compare those days with each other. I don't even like doing 2 days a week, because that Sunday weight is so different from Wednesday's weight. Salt can really do a number on your weight the next day though. Not sure 13 glasses of water is much better than 8-10.

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A-NEW-PAULA 10/8/2013 1:13PM

    The Plan: Lose Weight Fast and Forever by Eating the Right Foods for Your Body by Lyn-Genet Recitas claims that certain foods cause your body to have a inflammatory response to certain foods causing you to gain weight on the scale. And once you figure out what foods those are through a process of elimination you won't have those swings on the scale. She claims that everyone is different and what causes one person to react will not cause someone else to. And if you are a woman over 35 or 40 she thinks you should be doing this and she treats over 1000 people each year this way. *I have tried to do this and it sounds good in theory but it is very difficult to do properly. There is a team for it here on SP if you want to check it out more or google it.
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CLOVER2 10/8/2013 12:29PM

    I weigh myself every day, it is just a way to keep track. I do it first thing in the morning, after I potty, naked. It is my true weight. As mentioned I think how regular you are will make a difference. I have IBS and I have found when I can't "go" I will see a pretty big difference in one day. You drink a lot of water, which is great! But I think if your sodium is up it may cause some retention and that can make a difference too. I have found, like others, that the number on the scale is not the be-all and end-all of what we are trying to do. I do it because I've found in the past if I don't I can be up 10 pounds in no time at all and it just keeps me aware. As long as the trend is moving downward, that's all that is needed. It took me forever to realize that the changes weren't under my feet, it was every inch above them!
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HARRINGTON5 10/8/2013 12:26PM

    Jen,
I have not weighed every day in a long time, but I still would either stay the same or gain a little each week. (even when I thought I was doing good) When I saw the program on PBS about JJ Virgin and her book about how even healthy food can make you fat, I got interested. I am following suggestions about cutting out Gluten, Sugar, Corn, Eggs, Soy, Dairy and Peanuts for 21 days. Any or all of those things could be the cause of a food intolerance. You may not even be aware of this until you get them out of your system and start added one thing at a time back in . I was eating so much processed food that I wasn't getting much nutrition out of anything I ate. I only weigh once a week, but so far, each week has been a loss and I love the taste of the fresh food I am eating. It sounds like your body is reacting to something. I know water weight, stress and lack of sleep can really make a difference in your weight and I think you have all of those things in your life right now. Maybe you shouldn't weigh every day, that just sounds like more stress to me. I wish you the best and I will let you know if I find out anything else about food intolerance. Cynthia emoticon

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SMP927 10/8/2013 12:00PM

    I see those wide variations daily too, and it's why I try to limit myself to weekly weigh-ins - the daily fluctuations are normal, but they made me over-analyze every little thing I do every day.

The goal isn't to be perfect (that is, never do anything that causes fluctuation) because that's not possible, and I'm betting even if you did exactly the same things every single day, you'd still see fluctuations on the scale.

My goal is to keep moving in the right direction in the long term, and don't sweat the small stuff. You've probably heard the one about airliners not being precisely on track until the very end of the journey, when they're about to land, but they're heading in the right direction the entire way, and that is enough to get them there.

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RUNNINGWILD 10/8/2013 11:52AM

    The comments are interesting. (Un)fortunately, I only weigh myself on Wednesdays so I cannot add anything. Quite the fluctuations tho'.

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SIMONEKP 10/8/2013 11:51AM

    I weigh daily and I see the same fluctuations sometimes. I don't worry about it too much as long as on a weekly basis I am moving down.

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MAUITN 10/8/2013 9:35AM

    Yes, everything contributed to the swings up and down. Eating out which includes the higher sodium (and other chemicals) always causes a jump. Fiber, water, and timing of elimination make a difference. Fruit and veggies vs meat produces a change. Everything.

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LMB-ESQ 10/8/2013 9:30AM

    I get the same results, although I don't track it as closely as you did. I do it because it helps keep me honest. I don't really have any answers either, and I've seen some really odd things. For example, I can eat (gorge on) pizza and be up only a pound the next day, but if I eat a single cookie or piece of candy, my weight will jump 3 or 4 lbs. I've also found that a single beer in the evening will often result in a loss. Strange, huh? As a rule, I expect to be up after a restaurant meal, because I just assume those dishes are loaded up with salt. I can't drink that much water because I'll spend the entire day (literally) in the bathroom. I also can't always account for hormones, which for me are in crazy fluctuation because I'm pre-menopausal. I've noticed that the best days are the ones where I eat lean protein and lots of veggies and not much grain. Mostly I think the fluctuations are my "normal" and I don't worry about it too much.

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CARTOONB 10/8/2013 9:11AM

    I have seen the same wild fluctuations and don't always have an explanation. However, I have found that if I keep my fiber intake at my normal level (at least 25) my weight stays more even. Hope you figure out what your body wants.

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/8/2013 8:57AM

    I think it is mostly water, when we go up and down that much usually you are retaining or eliminating fluid. Speaking of elimination - that could be another reason.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/8/2013 8:31AM

    Actually, mine fluctuates up to about 2.5 pounds. For me it seems to be due to sodium, lots of vegetables still in gut, or more carbs, generally heavier eating for a day. When I exercise a lot, my muscles seem to retain water somehow. I notice that I gain 2 lbs. when I first start an exercise program.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/8/2013 8:24AM

    I wish I could say something helpful but the same thing happens to me: I know for a fact that too much sodium (in fact, just about any restaurant meal) can push my weight up.
I also know that recently I was stuck in a very stubborn rut for about 3 months. I only lost 2 pounds. Yet my waist measurement was down by 4 inches--so there was some very good progress there.

I have learned to live with extreme fluctuation but as long as the scale is on a steady, if slow, downward trend over the long term, I can take those crazy, moody mysterious seemingly unjustified gain.

Best wishes and good luck!

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STONECOT 10/8/2013 7:50AM

    Don't forget that you're also weighing the food that you are putting in, and some foods like bread, absorb a lot of water on the way through, which also weighs a lot. I find the difference between my fasting and non fasting days, can be 5lbs sometimes.

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KMICHA 10/8/2013 7:19AM

    Wow! Those are big swings! I'm not sure how mine own pattern is since I don't weigh daily , might be interesting to see!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 10/8/2013 6:53AM

    Yes I do. Usually if I eat high sodium foods the scale goes way up the nest day then in a day or so flushes right out.

Also if I work out pretty heavily spikes it up the next day too. So it does fluctuate.

Know that when you eat a meal out and even if you stay in range, most likely the scale is going to spike up the next day. Drink your water and flush it out. I'd say try sticking with your normal 8 glasses or drink up to 10. See what happens.

Don't stress about it. It's normal for weight to swing up and down.

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BEFIT014 10/8/2013 6:39AM

    I've had some wild fluctuations, too! I think it's perfectly normal and why it's not recommended to weigh daily. But I do. It could be anything, tho--salt, water weight, etc. Just weigh the same time of day, I do it first thing in the mrng.

Keep doing what you're doing!

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KOPSBABY 10/8/2013 6:34AM

    Wow, Jenn, I don't know other than you may be building more muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat but you should be able to tell it in how your clothes fit and muscle tone if that is the case.

Mine fluctuates too but not that much. If you find an answer, please let me know.

Hugs, Donna

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BLC22 Goal Evaluation

Saturday, August 24, 2013

My goals for BLC22 were:

*To reach (again) the weight of 190.

*To succeed on the 12-week exercise streak.

*To fit comfortably into specific pants and tops that I can't now wear.
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The short version of this evaluation is that I didn't achieve any of my stated goals.

The more involved version is this:

# During the past 12 weeks I bonded with a great group of people called the Midnight Mustangs.

# I stepped way out my comfort zone by taking a strength training class with a personal trainer where there were 4 students and I was the oldest and heaviest --- BUT not the weakest!!!

# I did great on the 12-week streak until I became sick and missed 3 days of exercise in week 7. Since then I have again exercised at least 5 days per week.

# I got some great advice about the fact that FITBIT replaces lost devices (I had lost my $100 Fitbit on my first hike last October). I called the company and got a NEW ONE!!! It has motivated me in so many ways during the past 2 weeks that I have had it!

# At this moment I am down 5.5 pounds from the start of BLC. That is 7 pounds shy of my original goal, but I figure that every loss is a gain!

# I am in a MUCH better place mentally and emotionally than I was 12 weeks ago.

# I am ready for a great BLC 23!!!

  
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HARRINGTON5 9/20/2013 12:13PM

    You are working it and that is great. I always have loved your attitude and it just keeps shining through. You will make your goal because you never give up.

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RUNNINGWILD 9/14/2013 5:16PM

    "every loss is a gain!" - I love this positive outlook. There are many who could learn from you. Molly put in a good word for you for being an Outlaw so I thought I'd come see what you're made of emoticon

I think you'll do. emoticon Now to cross our fingers and toes and see what happens on the 25th.

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 8/28/2013 11:34PM

    I am so glad that I met you this round of BLC and so thankful for being on the same team. You are a very amazing person and so enjoyed getting to know you. I hope that we will be on the same team next round. Please keep in contact.

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WYOMOL 8/28/2013 8:38AM

    Jen - you did so well (compared to my round where i don't think i will have lost a damn pound). Lots of great progress and you sound so much better than last winter...here's hoping for you to be an outlaw so i can spend daily time in your world again

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/27/2013 11:06AM

    I count so many positives in this post! Way more than the original ones you were looking to achieve!

I think it's great and really the number on the scale is not the end all and be all of your progress. You've achieved so much! They tell you that this is a lifestyle and really it is. I think you've attained much more than just the short term goals you had set for yourself.

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STONECOT 8/27/2013 8:11AM

    emoticon on so many positive outcomes. Goals are just that, and not as important as the lessons we learn about ourselves as we try to attain them.

I always lose weight slowly, and I prefer it that way as it helps my skin go back better, and I think 5lbs is a respectable loss. emoticon

See you on BLC23.

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 8/27/2013 7:25AM

    emoticon emoticon on so many more tangible accomplishments than the # on the emoticon which have given you tools and a foundation for the next round and continuing on your journey to being a more fit and healthy YOU! emoticon You are a shining emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 8/27/2013 5:47AM

    Congratualtions!

I've always wanted to do a BLC Challenge, but have don't know where to begin or where to sign up. Does it take a lot of time? WHere do you sign up?

THanks for any guidance you can give...



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JERSEYGIRL24 8/26/2013 10:36PM

    It was so great being with you on this team. I still haven't decided what to do about the next round, and I have about 24 hours to figure it out. I am with you about not achieving goals, but I know you can do it. So glad about the Fitbit!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STILLWATERSSB 8/26/2013 10:24PM

    Even though you didn't get your choice of teams, I'm glad to have gotten to know you. You provided great encouragement for the team and you end the round informed and with a loss. The personal trainer was such a great gain for you! Keep up the good work and don't be a stranger!

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LIZZYP609 8/26/2013 2:43PM

    It is all great Jen!
Welllllll except you should be an Outlaw instead of a horse! emoticon

Awesome Job!!!

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CARTOONB 8/24/2013 10:11PM

    You've made tremendous progress in the past 12 weeks. Even though you did not meet your weight goal, it sounds like you have done very well in other areas. I'm impressed with your willingness to try new things.

And I love my Fitbit too! I didn't know about replacing lost devices. Good to know! Keep enjoying it.

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LJR4HEALTH 8/24/2013 9:00PM

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AJDOVER1 8/24/2013 8:35PM

    Great progress!

This is a journey, not a race to win or lose. You're still heading in the right direction, learning a lot and sharing your experience. I'm blessed to know you!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/24/2013 4:56PM

    Sounds like progress to me - keep up the good work.

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FITFULLIFE 8/24/2013 4:46PM

    Celebrate the NSVs. Figuring out the mental part is HUGE. It's movement in the right direction. Congratulations on all you've accomplished this BLC. Keep it up; you can do it.

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AMARILYNH 8/24/2013 4:34PM

    Down 5.5 pounds AND "in a MUCH better place mentally and emotionally than I was 12 weeks ago"? That sound like HUGE success to me!! Awesome!! emoticon emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/24/2013 2:29PM

    emoticon You have achieved such a good start. I love that you are happy with what you have gained and not beating yourself up over what didn't quite happen the way you wanted it to happen.
I have faith in YOU.. You will keep your streak of exercise going and be ready for the kick-off of round-23. YOU are a WINNER!

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MAUITN 8/24/2013 11:37AM

    Remarkable progress and success! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/24/2013 11:20AM

    I really want to congratulate you on what you DID achieve. Many times the long term goes are just that....long term and 12 weeks isn't enough time. But it sure looks like you will do it in BLC23

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