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100 Pounds 2 Lose

....in it for the long haul

Challenge is coming!
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Can y'all smell Overhaul October coming?? Are you ready??

Posting's coming tomorrow...

... let's make this month awesome!

October challenge? No, really...
Hey, everybody!

I wanted to pop in here. The September challenge didn't take off; I felt I needed to do some own work on myself before leading us in a challenge. So! I have done some research over the past couple of weeks, specifically self-care related and having serious talks with myself. I feel like a push challenge might actually do me some good, and wanted to see if it would invigorate this community.


I'm designing a five-week challenge, starting Sunday, October 2nd for beginning weigh-ins. I'd like to not only have weigh-ins, but also structure some type of self-care and NSV into it as well. I'm hoping that we could have one poster on Wednesdays and another on Fridays, and I'll be responsible for doing the Sunday check-ins. (ticasdaze, do you have any preference?)

What do folks think? Five weeks for the month of October with tackling some type of goal, hence the "overhaul."

Let me know!

September challenge?
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Hello, party people!

Anybody up for a challenge for the month of September?

I am wondering if folks are interested in helping out, or if we just want weekly weigh-in/NSV logs. Anyone able/willing to write for four weeks?

Let me know, and I'll be in touch!

Re stimulating! :-)
I've lost about 10lbs in a month and a half, and I haven't had meat in almost two weeks. I don't feel like I'm lacking anything, but I'm wondering if eliminating meat is really helping my weight loss. I have only lost a pound in the past two weeks so I'm thinking maybe I should bring back the meat (chicken, turkey, fish) and lower the carbs more. I have a protein smoothie (strawberries, water, and powder) in the am with two slices of dry toast. I basically do HIIT workouts now but just for about 25mins 4 times a week. Suggestions on re-stimulating?

Mindfulness and hunger cues, and snack plates...
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Hey everybody!

So it's the end of Week Two of the new job! I think I have lost a few pounds because of being more active and taking public transportation. While I haven't purposefully made any specific changes, I have noticed that by necessity (i.e. walking more just to get to bus stations, more stairs than just those at my house, etc.) I have started racking up some miles here and there. Due to our financial situation, I still have been meal planning and have been accounting for snacks and other options. My first week was Not Good health-wise. I was very, very hungry, and then would come home craving salt. I have been trying to practice mindfulness when I get a hunger signal to accurately pin down what I am craving versus HUNGRY NOW ALL THE FOOD. Specifically with hunger cues, I use the HALT acronym- when I think I'm hungry, what is really going on? Am I Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired? I try to drink a glass of water and sit with the feeling for about 15-20 minutes. If I'm still hungry, I try to pinpoint what I am hungry for, hence the salt cravings last week. Last Tuesday, I did something I haven't done at least for fifteen years; I ate a can of Campbell's Soup (which was leftover from my mother's stay. I rarely keep processed soups in the pantry and use them to cook with maybe once every two years. I've probably had the same cans of tomato soup we moved in with three years ago!). I knew that was bad.

If I was craving salt, I figured something was going on with my electrolytes. I was downing coffee like a champ; there's a Dunkin in the building! So by last Wednesday, I had significantly upped my water intake and told myself to lay off the coffee, or at least make sure I had some home-brewed with me versus Dunky. When the water intake regulated, so did the salt cravings (and the Dunky cravings, get thee away from me, Dunky!). Huzzah!

Then came the hunger pangs. I wasn't sure what was going on here: I knew somehow I wasn't properly fueling myself, seeing as I wanted to eat a client by the end of the day! While I was continuing to pack healthy lunches, I let the snacks fly by. I was having difficulty figuring out when to eat, and also the amount of time I would have to eat IN, which is also when we were doing rounds. Since I had taken another client food shopping on Saturday (at Aldi, LOVE ALDI), I knew I had plenty of options now of fresh fruits and dips and healthy choices. I started throwing things in my lunch bag, and so far, for at least the past three days, things have been improving.

The past two days, I did something I don't think I have ever done: I started tooling around and counted calories. I have been eating relatively 1400-1600 calories by the time my shift ends, which is actually pretty good. I have noticed I am struggling a little bit when I come home from work. I am not sure if it's because my body thinks it's dinner time, or because of the bus ride, or what's really going on. Tonight, I came home and really wanted a burrito. After checking nutritional stats, I saw it was 860 calories! Holy poop! That was enough to deter me; well, that and having to leave my house. So, instead, I decided to make myself a hodge podge plate.

Pretzels, cherries, CHEDDAR PENGUINS OMG, baby carrots, celery stick (really, I'm trying with the celery), pepperjack cheese, whole grain and honey mustard, and some spicy hummus in the middle! All from Aldi except for the cherries this time around, and the honey mustard- no idea where that came from.

I used to love making these things, incorporating some salty, some crunchy, some spicy, etc. One of my favorite combinations is fruit preserves with crackers and goat cheese, but alas, no goat cheese.

Side note: Burrito craving has gone away after consumption of plate.

Anyway, I wanted to post here to see about feedback. Has anyone else had difficulty with adjusting to a new work schedule when it comes to health-related issues? Also, I was curious if anyone else practiced mindfulness with food and hunger cues.

Hope all is well and folks are doing okay out there!

Working out during work?
Hey everybody!

Just wanted to do a quick post. Started the new job today! I feel like it should be a "New Job, New Me" post, but I am trying to be gentle with myself and fully settle in before I try to take on anything too serious. I heard one of the other counselors goes to the gym on her lunch hour. I didn't know if anyone here had something similar? I will already be getting more activity by taking public transportation. I have been looking at getting a new gym pass in a couple months (really need finances to settle in with the new paychecks) and have thought I could potentially pull off the lunch-hour-gym thing, but I also know I am sweaty beast when I've been working out. And if I'm a sweaty beast, then I'll need to shower. And I like showering too much to rush it. Then I'll get sweaty walking back. And it's a cycle.

The schedule is 12:30pm to 8:30pm, so a half middle shift as I've been calling it. The original idea was to work out in the mornings at home, shower, then catch the bus in, hopefully drying out on my way there. However, to learn that another counselor goes to the gym on her break is somewhat intriguing. I just don't know how I'd do it.

So I wanted to see if anyone does something similarly? I still am worried about injuring my shoulder, and want to start up on the treadmill again, at least to get some walking miles in. Before I lost my job two years ago, we got a half hour lunch, so I would walk around the blocks with a coworker and then eat lunch at my desk. I still have a ratty pair of sneakers that I can "donate" to the cause.


P.S. I might finally have the time to edit and organize some of the tags in this community, and get some things streamlined. If folks will be patient with me and the new job (and the other two jobs settling down, too), I might be able to rock and roll a challenge in the upcoming months. My brain already feels much better after this first day of work.

OA - any thoughts?
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Anyone here attended an Overeaters Anonymous meeting?

I'm dipping my toes in - while there are definitely some behaviours of mine that can fit here, But I've only been willing to check out the online chat meetings... and seriously... some of them make my eyes roll.

I think in some ways the aspect of a "power" or "god" that is greater than yourself is something I don't relate to, like... I know the issue is in my head, is in my upbringing, is in the patterns my life has created, the connections with comfort, with reward, with depression, with hiding, with being alone, filling a gap, filling time... And I guess because I'm not in shared living/shared meals - I don't put myself ahead of others so I never plan for meals, for cooking, for preparations... if I had to cook for a family, if I had flatmates with shared meals... we would make better meals.  But it's just me, so I don't.

So I wanted to check - anyone else here tried OA and have any thoughts about it? good/bad/indifferent?

Trying something new: Nutritionist
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As I mentioned in a previous post a while back, I wanted to try a new approach on my journey to better health. So I had my initial consult with a local nutritionist a few days ago. It was...interesting. I felt like we had a great conversation but I'm feeling a little unsure of what I've gotten myself into.

If you've been on the weight loss roller coaster for a while, you tend to be better educated on a lot of the basic tenets of what someone like my nutritionist has to offer. I didn't need to be shown what a cup of rice or a serving of meat looked like - I'm already pretty good at eyeballing portion sizes when I choose to. You're already up to speed on the great plate division, where half your plate is veg, the other half splits protein and carbs. You also find that you know what the 'right' answers are to certain questions about managing your (physical and mental) health and I found myself having to monitor myself on giving the answers I knew she wanted/expected to hear.
What I did find myself needing help on was making sure any goals I set were specific and realistic enough. I came in with short-term, medium-range, and long-term goals, which she said were perfect. We talked a lot about what could be going wrong in my diet that I have been very unsuccessful in losing weight. Here were some of my takeaways from this initial experience:
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Sorry this post is so long, but I wanted to talk through where I was with it. I'm already struggling with some of this (I'm hoping I can email her about it). My next appointment to the nutritionist is in about 4 weeks.

90 pounds gone
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Been a while since my last update.  I've reached 90 pounds lost,  20 to go but I have a bonus goal of a further 20... but I'm going to take that as it comes.

The Psychologist appointments have been... dissapointing.  I dont think he knows what to do with me, I'm kinda all over the place and i'm functioning... sometimes I think it must be easier for them if the people infront of them were truly broken, unable to function,

The winter has also really broken me exercise wise, I did start on weights and pilates to build core and... I just got cold and tired and lazy.

I have minor surgery this week and so I'm giving myself a break - 2 weeks and then I need to take care.  I'm beyond the point where core fitness and strength is important - for metabolism, for toning, for help with skin, and to set up the long term success.

I've had a few wardrobe purges and am fitting into some of those favourite clothes of mine from... 2011! and 2005!!   During the surgery recovery I hope to start selling some of the better pieces of the large wardrobe.  There's only 2 items I want to get taken in... if it's possible... might have to be a complete re-do... but for the fabric... it will be worth it. I'm holding off on that until I reach a weight I'm happy to maintain at and do so for a year...

While it's kind of scary how far I've come, it's also scary how easy it would be to fall off. I don't want to get cocky about things, so I'm paying careful attention to my brain and the commentary going on as I plan meals/shopping etc.  Big learning curve. 

12 week update
I can't believe I've mantained a weight and food diary for 12 weeks straight. That's an accomplishment for me in itself!

I'm still losing weight slowly. I'm 0.8 pounds to my first goal of losing 10 pounds and getting to 229.

But this is what I need to remind myself - that first 10 pounds I'm working on, that's after I lost the 28 pounds of baby weight. So looking at it that way, in 12 weeks, the baby weight is already gone, and altogether I've lost almost 38 pounds. So that makes me feel better.

I'm not consistent with exercise yet, but I've been keeping active with going out every day to the park, zoo, pool, creek, playground with my soon to be kindergartener (snffle) and a lot of babywearing. .

That fuels my biggest goal really - to be fit so I can keep up with my kids. We jogged around the block the other day and I was winded but I didn't feel like I was going to pass out, woohoo!

Another thing I try to remind my self - every day I am getting stronger and stronger. I only started lifting weights again a few weeks ago since I had a c-section and I feel woefully weak compared to before. I need to be more consistent. But I'm still here, yay!!