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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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Okay. I needed a break. We all need one every once in a while. It was a busy/stressful/emotional weekend for me.

First we had Homecoming events Friday and Saturday. Then on Thursday afternoon I find out the grant I've been working on for 2 weeks needs to be pretty much re-written. It was due on Monday. Pamela can relate I'm sure. I was out of the office half the day Friday b/c I had to work our alumni golf game, got back to not a lot of answers to the questions I posed to our grant team. Did what I could, on my own, to start changing things around. Had to work Saturday for half a day. My work day started off with things not being set up and me having to help, then people changing what they were supposed to do, so I had to step in, but I had obligations other places too, then one more chore added to my plate on top of that. Then it was Homecoming and my sororities 10 year celebration, so I did take some time to chill for a few hours. Sunday I awoke to begin some more changes to the writing and a few emails all while getting laundry done. Monday morning rolls around and from the moment I step in the door until a little after 5 pm.........I worked my tail off to get that proposal in on time and complete.

It was one H*** of a weekend. Plus a little stress leading up to that weekend from the grant too.

All the while, I'm trying to re-focus my energies on myself and my health. There were def. a few moments of the verge of tears and at least one moment of tears (in private) and only b/c I knew that it would help relieve some stress if I let it happen.

Sooooooo..........

I'm not saying I've fixed all my problems. I've at least dealt with my stress and I think I did better with it than the last time I was under that pressure, so that is positive. I'm not saying that I've found the magic pill or thought or motion that will make me lose weight better and a little faster.....

But I've at least found my way back to focus. I've re-read, wiped my WW tracking and weights clean. Put in my new start weight and a new weigh day and points starting point (Monday). I've started to add more and different things to my exercise too. Food will always be the hardest part for me. I'm NOT a food planner. Its just not who I am. So, until that button clicks in my head, I'll have to learn how to work with that snafu in my personality. I tried so hard to change all the things that I did "wrong" that it was much more work than trying to find a way to make what I did work.

Eh, I know the ones of you who will disagree with that statement. Oh well. We will have to agree to disagree.

On a positive note. My work has adopted a rider for our health insurance this year for morbid obesity. I think me pointing that out to our HR as to why I wouldn't go in to see the Dr. about my weight b/c they would charge me an arm in a leg, really was heard. I wasn't on some tirade about fat people getting equal treatment or anything, but I was simply stating a fact.

Well.

I managed to see 313.4 on the scale today. And my logged weigh for this week (Monday) was 315.6. I inputted my starting weight (new) as 316 b/c that was the highest weight I saw in the week.

I could go on a mission to figure out how I did that. But I think over complicating things is how I get burned out.

But I did do a few things different this last week:

1. I added on a bit of exercise. About 10-15 more mins. to be exact (after the 60 on the elpt). I added aerobic steps (those boxes you step on), squats with that cowbell looking weight thing and arm weights.

2. I ate into my weekly WW points like none other. I pretty much killed them on Friday and Saturday (49 in total).

I didn't really pay too much attention to what I was eating. Just tried to listen to myself about food. Was I hungry? What did I want? I didn't really count points either until Sunday (where I got in my 60 mins., used my stairs to step and did some weights and squats)

I know that is a dangerous path so that's why I didn't continue it. I started over on Monday, so I started tracking and counting again. I want to get back into the swing of tracking and counting before I get too concerned about what exactly I'm tracking and counting. Its almost like I need to start all over again with just the very basics. Things got too complicated.

Anyway. I hope I do make my 310 before the cruise, but if I don't, it will be just fine.

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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:15 PM
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Good for you, Brooke. Sounds like you are doing what is right for you. There is so much conflicting dieting advice out in the world. I think everyone has to find what works for them!

Yes, I can totally relate to the grant issue. I spent 10 years at a state university writing grants, so I know the bind and the pressure to get them in on time!! Congratulations on getting it done!

That's great news that your health insurance is now covering obesity. Only makes sense since obesity is connected to so many health issues....in the long run I feel it will be better for the insurance co and the patient to cover these issues! Maybe a dr. can give you some insight and direction, although as others have pointed out, there are lots of people who have had success with WW.

I haven't made it to Torrid yet...it's not in the mall closest to my house and since going back to work full time, the weekends are pretty much taken up with errands, but I hope to go soon to check it out.

Your cruise is coming up soon. I'm sure you are getting excited. I can't wait to hear all about it and to see your fashions (hoping for a cruise fashion blog post!!). You have a lot of style with your outfits, which I really admire. My kids used to kid me because when I was at my heaviest, all I ever wore was black...I have a closet full of plus size black trousers and tops, lol. Now that I've lost weight, I'm adding in a bit of color!

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Brooke, I have to agree with P Crum you will find what will work for you. In my case it became time for me to really do something about my weight when it started to affect my health.

Back in May, I went to the Dr. and my blood test revealed border line diabetes. But I knew I could control it by diet and to lose weight. I did have to go on some meds.

I have lost 19 pounds since May so I 'am making progress one day at a time. This is a life commit to a healthier me, I'll do my best, but I will not beat myself up like I have in the past.

I do admire you both for working out. Working out is something I really need to do. I guess I just have to start somewhere.

Brooke, I admire you for posting and being honest, I know there are alot of people who just can't do that. So Thank you.

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Old October 17th, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Brooke, I have to agree with P Crum you will find what will work for you. In my case it became time for me to really do something about my weight when it started to affect my health.

Back in May, I went to the Dr. and my blood test revealed border line diabetes. But I knew I could control it by diet and to lose weight. I did have to go on some meds.

I have lost 19 pounds since May so I 'am making progress one day at a time. This is a life commit to a healthier me, I'll do my best, but I will not beat myself up like I have in the past.

I do admire you both for working out. Working out is something I really need to do. I guess I just have to start somewhere.

Brooke, I admire you for posting and being honest, I know there are alot of people who just can't do that. So Thank you.

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Lori,

We all have our struggles and they aren't any easier than anyone else's. I just want to find a place where I'm healthy and more happy (b/c I'm happy now). I think that is a different place for each person and there are so many ways to get there.

Exercise was hard for me at first. But I found that if you really push yourself at first, when you don't want to do it, then your body will eventually crave motion. Start where you feel comfortable and doing something you like. If you wanted some thoughts.........
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Old October 17th, 2012, 09:01 AM
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Good for you, Brooke. Sounds like you are doing what is right for you. There is so much conflicting dieting advice out in the world. I think everyone has to find what works for them!

Yes, I can totally relate to the grant issue. I spent 10 years at a state university writing grants, so I know the bind and the pressure to get them in on time!! Congratulations on getting it done!

That's great news that your health insurance is now covering obesity. Only makes sense since obesity is connected to so many health issues....in the long run I feel it will be better for the insurance co and the patient to cover these issues! Maybe a dr. can give you some insight and direction, although as others have pointed out, there are lots of people who have had success with WW.

I haven't made it to Torrid yet...it's not in the mall closest to my house and since going back to work full time, the weekends are pretty much taken up with errands, but I hope to go soon to check it out.

Your cruise is coming up soon. I'm sure you are getting excited. I can't wait to hear all about it and to see your fashions (hoping for a cruise fashion blog post!!). You have a lot of style with your outfits, which I really admire. My kids used to kid me because when I was at my heaviest, all I ever wore was black...I have a closet full of plus size black trousers and tops, lol. Now that I've lost weight, I'm adding in a bit of color!

You will find what works for you. Look at how far you've come...
Yea, there was too much internal struggle. I think it was getting stressful and counteracting my efforts. Basics always help put things back into perspective.

The rider want be into effect until Jan. but that's okay. I'm okay for now on my own. But it will be nice to see a Dr. on a reg. basis when I need help or a push.

I'm SWEAR I'm trying to get my cruise stuff up. I have to admit, I'm reusing a lot from last time with just a few new things mixed in. I just didn't have the extra $ to spend this time. Plus, I really didn't find any new stuff that just made me want to buy it. Thank you for the compliment. What is it my blogger friend says: Style is a personal choice you make out of fashion? Something like that anyway.

I hope to really bring back a good review. But I have cruise virgins with me and last night I was texting one of them and she was like, "I was looking at the spa treatments (through excursions on carnival).........."

I was like, "DON'T pre book! You can get better deals on board."

She was like, "Oh? Hmmm, good thing I didnt."

Cruise newbies..............
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Well, I did aqua zumba yesterday. It was fun. At least with my body underwater, no one can really see all my jiggly parts move around. I have to say though, we did it for an hour and I didn't feel out of breath or anything. I guess we are kinda trained to think sweat and breathing show how good of a workout you got. But, in the water, you won't sweat and I guess you are working more muscle control, than anything. My legs were hurting before the zumba, so I can't say that the zumba caused that. The squats I've been doing probably did. But it was nice to take a break in the afternoon and it was nice to not have to go workout after work and just go home and enjoy the evening too.

I said I wasn't going to post food anymore and I'm not, but I think its a motivation tool to at least post some "Winning" moments that make me proud of myself. Doesn't matter how small. If you guys want to do it too, then that's GREAT!

My winning moment yesterday was the fact that I had a pack of pb crackers in front of me and I was hungry after aqua zumba (had lunch before), but when I opened them up I thought, "Do I really need to eat the entire package (6)? Maybe I should just eat three crackers, wait and see if I'm still hungry." I did and I wasn't hungry. Simply put them in a baggy and left them for another time. I'd say that is a good moment.

Gonna need to do my workout at home tonight b/c I need to go to the chiropractor. Unless I can get out of work earlier than I expect. But that's okay. I've been doing the ellpt. a lot lately. I'm sure the switch up to the bike will be good for me.

Saw 312.8 this morning on the scale.

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Good job on the crackers, I would have ate the whole pack and then thought about eating half. I think you were smart not buying a bunch of new outfits, when your dieting I think it is a bad choice to buy new clothes, you have a bad diet day and you think its okay I can wear my new outfits longer before you know it your totally off the diet.
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Still showing about 313.4 on the scale. I had to cut my workout down a bit last night b/c I went to see my little men.

But that is part of my Winning for yesterday:

1. I went to Sweet Frog and got a 6oz cup of pumpkin pie non fat yogurt. Why is that a win? Well b/c The mini size of the Pumpkin pie blizzard from DQ (6oz) is 370 with tons of fat. The Sweet Frog version (I added a few crumbles of graham crackers) for 4oz is 110 no fat. So I save around 150 calories on something I like and wanted.

2. I talked myself out of going too far into my weekly points (I've been trying to eat a little of the everyday, but trying not to go crazy) by saying no to some evening fiber one cereal. I had already ate at my brothers and my head was saying, "But the fiber is good for you and helps keep thing " then I said, "Yea, but you have fiber powder right there that doesn't cost you but 5 calories (no points) with a glass of water." WINNING!

3. I could have skipped a workout completely. It was 8 when we got home, but what was I gonna do for a few hours before bed anyway, sit? So, I jumped on the bike for about 40 mins. Did some weights, set of squats, steps for about 3 mins.

I'm already planning to go to McDs this evening b/c this is the court date and LAST official visitation for the boys and we discussed them needed some family time after. Good thing I have my water aerobics during lunch today, so I won't have to worry about a workout. I'm gonna go plug in what I'm going to eat now, so I can make sure that I stay on target for the day.

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Well.

311.8 was what I saw on the scale this morning. I've been eating more and not really watching my carbs or sugar or salt........just following the WW plan and points along with exercise.

I do make better choices. I try to think strategically about what I'm eating.

I'm also eating more for breakfast. instead of 8 points I'm eating 10-15 points. Keeps me fuller longer. I use fruit or veggies as a snack inbetween. It seems to be working, although now is not the time to let my ego go too far. Still a ways to go.

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Congrats on 311!!! That is a significant loss!! You should be very proud!!

I also took a look at the blog and loved the fashions!! You look very put together!! I hope you have a wonderful time on the cruise!!
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Great Job, happy for you. Your cruise is so close lucky you have a great time. I am sure you will be super busy the next few days.




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Well.

311.8 was what I saw on the scale this morning. I've been eating more and not really watching my carbs or sugar or salt........just following the WW plan and points along with exercise.

I do make better choices. I try to think strategically about what I'm eating.

I'm also eating more for breakfast. instead of 8 points I'm eating 10-15 points. Keeps me fuller longer. I use fruit or veggies as a snack inbetween. It seems to be working, although now is not the time to let my ego go too far. Still a ways to go.

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Congrats on 311!!! That is a significant loss!! You should be very proud!!

I also took a look at the blog and loved the fashions!! You look very put together!! I hope you have a wonderful time on the cruise!!
Thanks. I was 312.6 this morning so I think I'm just gonna put in 312 for weigh in today.

I'm hoping in the next 11 days I survive. Mom came home with 102 temp. last night...............ugh. People always trying to get me sick before vacation. A few years ago, Dad gave me a stomach bug 1.5 weeks before cruising. Thank Gosh it was only like a 24 hour thing and I had a few days to become NOT contagious.
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Great Job, happy for you. Your cruise is so close lucky you have a great time. I am sure you will be super busy the next few days.
I'm trying to get packing done. Its a pain. I wish I had double of everything, so I could get everything packed already. But of course I'll have to pack a bunch of stuff last min. b/c I'll need it. That always scares me b/c that is the stuff you leave behind.

I have a bit of a method though. I try to do one thing at a time in the morning. Once I finish (make-up) I put each thing into its bag, put it in the suitcase and then mark it off my list.
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312.6 on the scale this morning. So I'm going to log 312 since yesterday was 311.8 and early in the week its was 312.8.

Last Monday was 315.6, so that is a 3.6lb loss. That's what I should be doing. All this time that is what I should have been doing. I just hope my will, my commitment and the grace of God keeps me on this path.

So I pretty much have 11 days to lose 2lbs to make my goal. It'd be great to do it, but goals are only their for encouragement, not disappointment.

Slowed the workouts down this weekend. I did 30 mins on the bike, but I also did some laundry, packing etc. That all means that I was up and moving and up and down stairs a lot so, I kinda let that go with my workout. On Sunday, I had a day of rest, kinda. Again, I spend about an hour or more spraying down my furniture with water then going back and vacuuming it up with the shop vac. Still trying to get the animal smell out of it. I read online that this is a good way of doing it. As long as you don't steam clean it b/c that sets pet stains. I did one big couch, a big love seat and recline. I still need to do the accent chair. But let me tell you, I didn't really sweat, but my arms, legs, back and stomach all felt it. So, I'll call that a strength/core workout.

The gym will be this evening. I'm trying to switch things up. It was nice on Friday when there were no students to use the facility so I could do some intervals. I did 20 mins. then stopped for a bathroom break, then got back on for another 20 mins. stopped and then did squats w/ weights, hand weights and then stair steps. It was pretty much an hour workout, but not all on the elliptical. I'm hoping the Aqua Zumba will also help things along and change things up. Plus my chiropractor can't really complain about aqua zumba .

Anyway. Still chugging along with my food. I'm hoping that I'm working on changing my relationship with it. Been doing a lot of "pausing" and considering.

Like I know my bday is this weekend. I know I will be working our festival on Saturday (my bday) too and I will want a funnel cake and will probably eat some lunch there. I know the choices are limited b/c its ONLY authentic Appalachian foods. So fried chicken, dumplings, etc. Yep. Then throw in a bday cake at some point..........I'm sure it will be a caloric day, maybe even a weekend. I need to consider this as the week goes on. That's what those weekly points are for. Where I have been spreading them out as I need them this last week.......it is probably best if I hold back on them this weekend as save the majority for Sat. and Sun. Plus I can bolster my exercise and have those for back ups, though I doubt I will need them.

Anyway, those are the kind of basic choices I need to make.

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You, dearie, have GOTTEN IT! Excellent!

Isn't it easier and less anxiety provoking to "just do it" as the plan is written? You don't have to watch too much..the points do the "watching" for you.

The birthday thing..you are so smart to plan..and you know the best thing you can do , if you must , is just try "bites" of things..so you can enjoy..it doesn't have to be a license to go off your plan. Bites are better than nothing and better than having the whole thing. Get a fried chicken breast but pull the skin off and "blot" the oil with a napkin..it does save fat and calories..a 1/4 of a funnel cake..blot that too for the extra oil..dumplings..do they taste any better than what you can get at home or make yourself? Can you get a dumpling any other time of the year? does it HAVE to be "on that day" or are dumplings available any day of the week at a bakery, etc?

Remember the mind tricks: "Yes it's my birthday but do I really want to blow it and feel like crap after? Maybe just one bite..etc." "Would I eat a big bowl of fruit if I were hungry and this wasn't avalable?" etc.

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Well.

311.8 was what I saw on the scale this morning. I've been eating more and not really watching my carbs or sugar or salt........just following the WW plan and points along with exercise.

I do make better choices. I try to think strategically about what I'm eating.

I'm also eating more for breakfast. instead of 8 points I'm eating 10-15 points. Keeps me fuller longer. I use fruit or veggies as a snack inbetween. It seems to be working, although now is not the time to let my ego go too far. Still a ways to go.

Good Choices.

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You, dearie, have GOTTEN IT! Excellent!

Isn't it easier and less anxiety provoking to "just do it" as the plan is written? You don't have to watch too much..the points do the "watching" for you.

The birthday thing..you are so smart to plan..and you know the best thing you can do , if you must , is just try "bites" of things..so you can enjoy..it doesn't have to be a license to go off your plan. Bites are better than nothing and better than having the whole thing. Get a fried chicken breast but pull the skin off and "blot" the oil with a napkin..it does save fat and calories..a 1/4 of a funnel cake..blot that too for the extra oil..dumplings..do they taste any better than what you can get at home or make yourself? Can you get a dumpling any other time of the year? does it HAVE to be "on that day" or are dumplings available any day of the week at a bakery, etc?

Remember the mind tricks: "Yes it's my birthday but do I really want to blow it and feel like crap after? Maybe just one bite..etc." "Would I eat a big bowl of fruit if I were hungry and this wasn't avalable?" etc.

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Old October 23rd, 2012, 08:31 AM
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312.4 this morning.

Last night I got to the gym and all the bikes and ellipt. were taken. I can't wait for them to get more equipment in.

Anyway, I could have given up and went home and tried out some exercise and the thought did cross my mind, but I figured........what the heck.

I don't like the treadmill. The pressure it puts on my back hurts and there is just something about it that I DON'T like. But, oh well. Beggers can't be choosers. But as I was hopping up to get on I had a thought. Instead of trying to move fast in speed on the treadmill, which rarely gets my HR above 130 why not try an incline at low speed?

So I started off at 2.5 speed and an incline of 6. After ten mins. I decreased my speed a bit then increased the incline. I had the time set for 20 mins (hoping the other machines would be avaliable by then) and so at the last five mins. I increased my incline .5 at a time until I was at 10 incline at 20 mins. In 20 I was sweating and breathing and had the same HR as if I was on the ellpt.

then I went and did some weights and squats, then finished with 30 mins. on the ellpt.

Today I have aqua zumba during lunch. That should give my sore muscles a bit of a break.

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312.2 this morning.

Forgot to eat a little more for bk and I can feel the dif

Did aqua zumba yesterday and I'll go for an hour workout today.

I'm in the single digits and isn't there a rule about officially checking out about now?

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313.4 this morning

My stomach feels a bit off. I think I need some yogurt or probiotics. That may be it.

Been helping out another department for our festival so my eating is okay. Its hard to pack b/c there is no where really to put it. But I'm trying to stay in my points and eat well anyway.

Tonight I think I will go home and exercise. I couldn't do water zumba b/c I needed to stay and help at work. I'm not really feeling the gym...........but I probably should go instead of at home. . I'll decide in a min.

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313.4

I'm not going to stress it. I'm just going to keep pushing through. I can PROUDLY say that I've gotten in exercise everyday so far (since Monday) and I plan on getting some in this evening. I can feel my new workout piece (the incline treadmill). Man my upper thighs are sore. But I know its good for me. I may not make my goal, but I know I'm doing good things for my body.

I know exercise is making me healthier despite maybe not losing weight b/c my BP was 104/82 a few weeks ago. The nurse said it was probably due to the exercise I was doing and to keep it up. I wonder if my cholt. has gone down too? Though it wasn't in the "bad zone" last time, but it was close. In any way, I feel better and like I'm doing something good for myself. So I'm just going to concentrate on that and not so much on the weight part.

I haven't got a chance to read all the post by my new fav. blogger the Fat Nutritionist, but I like some of the points she makes.

Like the majority of "diets" fail and that they point undo pressure and stress on people which causes more damage and restricts weight loss.

And that its okay to love your weight and body even if its not the medical definition of "healthy weight" or societies definition either.

I've been saying that all along. Medical science says I need to be about 130-140. I just don't think I want to be there. Maybe it seems overwhelming to get there and thats why, but honestly, I love a curvy body with some substance.

My first stop would be 250 b/c that's the last weight I remember being reasonably happy. Then I think I would like to see about 160-170.

Well, today is the last day I'll be 28 years old and then I get one more year to be a 20 something.

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