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Non-Valentine

At my house, we never celebrate Valentine’s Day. Ever. I don’t have anything against Hallmark and the makers of chocolate and candy (actually I really, really like the makers of chocolate and candy – a little too much). It’s the holiday itself and the stress it puts on people (mostly guys) that bothers me. No one should feel obligated to buy stuff or make plans because someone somewhere decided that on a particular day (in February, no less) things must be done to make your significant other feel special. That is just ridiculous. I much prefer to receive flowers on a nothing special day, then receive those same flowers on a day he is supposed to get them for me.

On that same note, I would love to get chocolate and candy and cake and other goodies…but I have this weight loss thing going.

About that…I am not doing so well. I have reduced (greatly) my intake of sweets. I have been watching what I am eating. The scale is not reflecting any of that. I think I know why.

Growing up, we were poor. Really poor. What was put on the plate was eaten because there was no guarantee there would be more later. As a result I have a portion control problem. If it is on my plate, I eat it. It is nearly impossible for me to not eat it. I can’t stand the waste. Also I am having a hard time judging how much to put on my plate so I won’t be hungry. And like all my other google adventures, there is really no definitive answer on what constitutes a meal.

Why is weight loss such a hard thing to pin down? Considering how long people have been trying to do this and how many people are doing it, there should be a better system.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Holidays and Sometimes Chaos, Losing Weight Sucks And That Is The Plain Truth

 

2nd Obstacle: Exercise

Update on my last post, I finally settled for eating around 1,350 calories a day. I’ll see how that goes and adjust accordingly.

Now on to my next obstacle: exercise.

I did a google search for the amount and type of exercise I should engage in for weight loss. I got 274,000,000 items that matched my search criteria. Good googly moogly!

I picked three sites because 274 MILLION, ya’ll !?!!! The Mayo Clinic stated I would need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity and I should do strength training at least twice a week. However, that is the basic guideline, losing weight means I need to exercise more than that. An article on smart fitness on the NBC News website said that the amount of exercise to lose weight was dependent upon risk factors, age, and current weight. The CDC also stated that strength training needed to work all major muscle groups. Nice that.

Moderate activity, according to the various websites, is brisk walking, swimming or mowing the lawn (I am going to assume they mean with a push mower). Vigorous activity is running and aerobic dancing. So how do I determine if what I am doing is moderate or vigorous? If I am to use sweating and being out of breath as an indicator, walking up the stairs is vigorous activity, though it was not listed as such on any of the websites.

Well, here goes…

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Losing Weight Sucks And That Is The Plain Truth, Things That Happen To Me

 

My Crucible

I originally wanted this journal to be a recording of all the anecdotes of my life. The situations that were too funny, too outlandish, too whatever that needed to be put down so I wouldn’t forget them. And it still will be. But I have also decided this journal will be about my crucible. Everyone has a journey. Every woman has, at one time or another, had a weight loss story to tell. This one is mine.

I started struggling with my weight after my son was born. In 2000 it became a noticeable problem for me. It was around that time my grandmother asked for help. She no longer felt safe to live on her own, but did not want to move out of her home. I moved in with her and started doing things to make her life easier, safer. I lost 25 pounds within a few months. Stress will do that to you.

After she died three years later, I gained back the weight plus a few extra. By the time of my wedding in 2005, I weighed 140 pounds, only two more pounds than when I was nine-months pregnant. A few years ago I began using Weight Watchers online and started using an elliptical machine 10-30 minutes a few times a week. It worked great. I lost 15 pounds in 5 months. Then the holidays hit and I “took a break.” The problem with Weight Watchers is I do not feel that I have any more sense of how much I should eat, what I should eat, or what my caloric intake should be then I did before I started. In order to know your points, you have to continue to pay each month. For a variety of reasons, that is no longer something I want to contend with.

So the first obstacle in my weight loss journey is to find out what my caloric intake should be to lose weight in a safe and healthy manner. I googled it (of course I did, isn’t that what Google is for?). I got 8,930,000 responses. EIGHT MILLION responses. I then chose a few from the first page.

CalorieCount.com said I should consume 1,200 calories a day to reach my goal weight of 130 pounds (I am trying to be reasonable in my goal setting) by December 2014. FreeDieting.com said I should consume 1,448 calories/day, but increase to 1,738 on two days to “trick my body.” Calculator.net had a range, 994/day to lose 2 lbs/week or 1,494/day to lose 1 lb/week. HealthyWeightForum.com gave me a week by week schedule starting at 1,514 calories/day and decreasing by week until I was eating about 1,194/week as I neared by goal weight. Webmd took a different approach stating I should consume 996 net calories/day which equates to 1,246 calories/day while burning 250 calories/day via exercise while also drinking 64 ounces of water/day.

In summary I should be eating between 994 and 1,514 calories per day in order to lose approximately 1-2 pounds per week.

Well, that is not confusing at all.

 

So Not Terrible Exciting, But Somewhat Exciting For Me

So I have not been too happy with this Operation Jiggle Less thing I have going as I haven’t lost enough weight near fast enough. I lost something like a quarter of a pound. I was getting thoroughly discouraged. I have been keeping within my calorie count and diligently doing exercise everyday even though I could definitely find something else to do with my time and my body was just not cooperating. A quarter of a pound. Hell, a quarter of anything gets you very little if nothing. Then – I lost a whole pound all of a sudden. And yes, I weigh myself at the same time every day. Only this time I stared at the scale. Actually I got off the scale and tried it again. Just in case, you know, it was kidding around. Making a joke at my expense. Took me a few seconds more to come to the conclusion that my menstrual cycle was to blame – well, I had to blame something, right? Right?

That might have been a little TMI.

Anyhoo –

Operation Jiggle Less is coming along as it were and I am waiting impatiently for my new job to start. I went to a luncheon yesterday with my fellow new registered nurse graduates. It was an awkward, embarrassing, anxiety-producing two hours. Out of that I managed to give my phone number to three complete strangers and agreed to do a social get-together in early March. I think I was temporarily possessed.

Next week starts the official orientation period to becoming a real-working-with-people-as-in-their-lives-depend-upon-me nurse.

I think I need to go lie down.

 

Operation Jiggle Less Update

So, this is week three of Operation Jiggle Less. I am officially over this whole exercise thing. Moving fast – okay, not fast, but certainly faster than my norm – is not my fav thing to do. Getting sweaty, sticky, and stinky are not either. My 5K app is geared toward people using it every other day. I have been using it almost daily. I am on week 4’s regimen after only using the app for two full weeks. It is definitely getting harder each time and I am having to coach myself more to keep going. My argument for doing it daily is at this point I am only exercising 30 minutes, which I should be doing at least that much daily anyway. This works, so I am sticking with it. At some point I will be taking it outside and running on pavement, which might facilitate my doing it every other day to avoid injuries.

Not having too much trouble with the calorie counting. I have been staying right around my 1200 calorie allotment fairly easily. Actually yesterday, the app I use to track calories told me I wasn’t eating enough, so I had to eat more. That has never happened before.

My success so far: I lost two pounds this past week, another inch off my hips and waist. My BMI is no longer in the 30’s.

So fine, since I do not have a good excuse to quit, -is there such a thing?- I will keep on keeping on.

 

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Losing Weight Sucks And That Is The Plain Truth

 

Success…To A Degree

Weighed myself today. I lost half pound of pudge. Well, actually the scale registered a 0.5 pound total weight loss, but only 0.2 of that was fat. Yeah, I have one of those type of scales. I lost a 1/2 inch around my hips and almost a 1/2 inch around my waist.

Success.

And I’m happy…to a degree. I want to lose more (doesn’t everyone), so I decided to reduce my caloric intake by 200 calories a day. That will reduce my weekly total by 1400. 200 isn’t that much – a couple of biscuits.

My new app says that should increase my weight loss to two pounds a week. I have no plans to lose more than that on a weekly basis. I do want to stay healthy…and I do not want to gain any of it back!

 

Executive Decision

Yesterday I made an executive decision to switch from the elliptical to my Wii Fitness routine. It takes the same amount of time, but has a longer warm up/cool down period. Then today I went back to the elliptical. Here is what I found out (which everyone else probably knows):

  • My running (if going fast on the elliptical could be called running) went smoother today then it did two days ago.
  • My abs hurt, but they have stopped being the fire-breathing dragon I endured yesterday.
  • My arms and chest hurt today (thanks to the pushups), but that did not affect being on the elliptical which was very nice.
  • I’m hoping the arms holdup tomorrow when I switch back to the Wii Fitness routine.

After having my epiphany today, I did some research. Apparently fitness experts say the body needs to rest in between workouts, change it up, blah blah blah.

I’m not going to lie to you, Margaret, exercising still sucks. I do not like doing it. I do not want to do it. But I think I can do it, and will do it, which is the important part.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Losing Weight Sucks And That Is The Plain Truth