Activity Tracker Observation on Distance
Many of us have some sort of step or activity tracker attached to us. We look at the number of steps and are either motivated to take more or shrug and wonder how we can possibly meet that 10,000 step goal.
One fairly common way to increase... Read more
Listen to yourself
It's been five years since I changed my lifestyle. First I just changed my eating -- the continued weight gain meant I added running. Still gaining weight, I found out I'm hypothyroid (and, due to a hysterectomy, I didn't have enough estrogen). ... Read more
RMR & Extreme Weight Loss
I'm watching Extreme Weight Loss, the episode with Sara, who is 4'5" and started her journey at 265 pounds. She's a dynamo! She did fantastic through the first 3 months and has been inspiring.
One thing they said was that her RMR started at... Read more
Cleaning out my closet
Yesterday I spent the day cleaning out my closet. I had a couple of reasons for doing this. The most important one is that my husband and I want to remodel the master bedroom/bathroom/closet, so step 1 is to prepare the area. Because it's a larg... Read more
14 Lessons Learned from Compulsive Tracking and an Unexpected Data Point
This is a corollary to my other blog entry today, called "42 Months and Counting," which is a positive spin on my very long journey to very slow weight loss. It has some revelations that I learned along the way.
This blog entry covers the... Read more
42 Months and Counting
Today is exactly 42 months since I changed my lifestyle. That's 1025 days of meticulous tracking my diet and exercise. Who knew what a dramatic change I’d make! There are a number of factors that have influenced, accelerated, or helped change my... Read more
Another Pity Party
I need to vent. I'm so frustrated. I'm just not losing weight or inches! I am getting more fit, which is great, but when do I get to change the physical appearance of my body?
Almost 11 months ago, I reluctantly joined a gym with my husband... Read more
Can we get some consistency in sizing, please?!
Over the last month or so, I've bought four shirts from three different stores -- the tri-top a month ago and the other three were purchased four days apart. My weight/size has not changed in that timeframe. Check out the sizes:
- A triathlon ... Read more
Three Years of Sparking
Yesterday was my three year anniversary since I started tracking my diet, exercise, measurements, and weight. I’m very proud of the weight I’ve lost, how much better I feel, and how much stronger I’ve gotten. Here are some statistics:
Measu... Read more
Hypothyroid and Gaining Weight
This month I've gained 4 pounds. The only times I've gained 4 pounds in one month is when I've needed an increase in my thyroid meds (I'm hypothyroid).
A month ago, my lab tests were "normal" (TSH 1.26) although I was symptomatic (in many m... Read more
Fiber, or Reaching the Impossible Goal
I know fiber is really important and most Americans don’t get even close to the recommended daily amount, which is generally considered to be 25g or more per day.
However, I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting to 25g per day without su... Read more
A Light Bulb Moment
You know how it goes. You lose weight but you still envision yourself in your old body. The first time I lost weight, I lost 30+ pounds in about 4 months. This time, I'm not quite to 30 pounds, and it has taken a glacial 33 months to do it. The ... Read more
I'm feeling miserable.
Miserable is the word of the week. I've got muscle aches and pains -- no fever (in fact, my temp is below normal), so it's apparently not the flu. Couple that with fairly extreme fatigue, and I have no desire to do much of anything that requires... Read more
Need to Vent
Eight weeks ago, I joined a gym so I could attempt to break this now 14 month plateau. "Strength training will SURELY break it, since you're doing such a good job with keeping your calories and cardio in the right range," my doctor said.
So... Read more
It's been over a year since I've bought new pants. It's a process I've always dreaded, so I don't do it often. But it's time to get new ones, as the size 14 jeans I have are now loose. Whether that's from being stretched out for so long or from ... Read more