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  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    I went over my calorie target by a lot and only walked about 20 minutes with the dog. He walked twice more than I did today. 😬

    -Take more/ longer walks with the dog (daily) ❎
    -Running or gym cardio (3x) - 1x so far.
    -Rowing workouts (2x) - ❎
    -Personal training (2x) - 2x ✅
    -Soccer (Sunday) - ✅ but we had 1 extra woman so we each rotated in & ran a bit less than usual.
    -Abs & stretching (10 min. each daily) - ✅
    -Drink more water (70 ounces) - Not 100% but 👍🏼
    -Declutter office space (8 hours) - Only 2 so far

    This week is heavy mentally for me. I’m hoping to improve my perspective but I’m only dragging along. I hope others are doing better!
  • roz0810roz0810 Member Posts: 635 Member Member Posts: 635 Member
    Hi everyone.
    Daily goals for this week:
    - Stay within or under calorie goal
    - Drink 2+litres of water
    - Walking with my friends dog, 45 minutes
    - Minimum 10k a day steps

    I'm currently weighing in daily to keep an eye on things as I kept losing and gaining the same 2-3lbs over and over. Here are my stats from the 12th.

    5/12 252
    5/13 252.6
    5/14 251.8
    5/15 249.8
    5/16 249.8
    5/17 249.6
    5/18 248

    Have a great week everyone!
    edited May 18
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    Nice progress @roz0810. Thanks for checking in and sharing your goals.

    I exceeded my calorie limit again today but it was better than yesterday. I’m still within my overall goal for the week so we’ll see how it plays out. I’m still feeling more tired than usual but managed a short walk and ab workout.

    I’m still fighting my funk 😣 but got through a few things in the ‘to do’ list so I’ll just keep slogging along 🦥 like a sloth. Hang in there, everyone!
    edited May 19
  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    @PatriceFitnessPal keep going.... for some reason we've all hit a bump at the same time....but together we can get through it! I haven't managed to stop evening snacking.... and I'm not tracking food at all....we are so busy that everything is rushed and prepping just isn't happening. Just need to get through this period and take a breath and pick up from before! We can do this!!!
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    Thanks for the encouragement, @kiay131982! I agree we just need to keep going, Even though I’ve felt myself creeping up in calories, I know it could be worse. Eating two much granola with berries is still keeping me closer to my daily calorie goal than an unplanned dessert. So, I feel as though I’ve built some decent habits around portion control, understanding serving sizes better, and making trade off choices I can live with long term. However, I’ve been skipping the workouts that usually give me some leeway in snacking. That 200 or 300 calorie workout burn makes a big difference for me over the long term. I’ll just need to make some adjustments until my schedule improves. This coming week, I’ve decided to eat more natural fruit (instead of the dried mango and granola I had too much of this past week) whenever I want something sweet. I’ll also try to reduce snacking overall and fill up on salad and other nutritious low-calorie options whenever possible. I bought lots of fresh fruit and vegetables yesterday so let’s see how it goes.

    I exceeded my calorie target again today but that closes the week. Tomorrow is a fresh start! Overall, the total for the week wasn’t too bad but I should probably track more carefully and add more exercise. We can do this!

    I appreciate the support of the Accountability buddies group and wish you all the best.
  • roz0810roz0810 Member Posts: 635 Member Member Posts: 635 Member
    You've got this girls ❤️😁

    2 months in and I've lost 12.2lbs. Very happy with this progress. Excited to see where I'll be for my birthday in September!
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    Thank you, @roz0810! You’ve made significant progress in such a short time. Congratulations! 🎉

    I was on a steady pace of losing one pound per month through March and it’s only taken half that time to climb back up to 136. It’s amazing how much easier it is to gain than lose 😳. I’m still in the normal BMI range for my height, so I’m not panicking yet, but I was hoping to maintain in the middle instead of at the higher end. I had set a goal of 125-130 for the end of the year and I think 130 is still a reasonable goal. I definitely need to firm up some areas so I’ll stick with the daily abdominal workouts and personal training 2x per week, which I’ve managed to keep consistent. I’m also going to try to add a run if rowing isn’t possible. Running didn’t go as planned last week but I’m starting with a clean slate today.

    Have a great day, Accountability buddies!
    edited May 20
  • bumpbreakcarbumpbreakcar Member, Premium Posts: 133 Member Member, Premium Posts: 133 Member
    @roz0810 please share with us what you've been doing to achieve such great results!!

    I keep flatulating with these last 5lbs... ughhhh but I'm not as strict as I was before but I know being that strict isn't maintainable so I'll have to do something to compensate for that I guess...
  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    Happy Friday all!!!

    A tree down on the road to my gym class this morning meant that it was only me and my PT there. I've worked with her alot over the last 2 years so we did a Weight session together and it felt good to lift actual weight again!!! I didn't realise how much I missed that!!

    We are off to visit family for the weekend but I've packed my running kit.... so hopefully I will get time for a run...as long as the DOMS from today don't kick my butt too hard!! 😅
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    @bumpbreakcar - I am experiencing a similar struggle, trying not to be too strict about counting every calorie and measuring every morsel while maintaining a healthy weight and fitness level. I’m going to keep striving for the right balance but it seems as though it might take some time, and testing, to find the best path forward.

    @kiay131982 - I’m so glad you were able to have an individual session with the PT (though sorry to hear about the tree and hope there wasn’t too much damage). You’ve been working hard and certainly deserve some time to yourself. It’s nice that you began your Friday in a happy place. What a rewarding feeling to start out strong and energized. Enjoy your time with family this weekend!

    I feel as though I’m finally emerging from my ‘funk.’ I appreciate everyone’s patience and encouragement through my daily messages this past week!
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    I tested out a couple changes to my routine this week, hoping to emerge from my recent stagnation period. For example, I tried eating an additional egg at breakfast to see if the extra protein and fat would help prevent my from exceeding my calories later in the day; but, that didn’t make a difference. Eating a consistent breakfast - one egg, toast and coffee - seems to work well for me. I’m still considering a reduction in coffee - from two cups to one cup daily - to cut out the extra fat from the half & half, or switch from half & half to a lower calorie/fat option, but the food choices seem right for me. Here’s an update on my progress toward meeting this week’s goals:

    -Reduce snacking overall. ❎ I’m feeling more confident about this today but haven’t done great with this over the past few days.
    -Increase salad and other nutritious low-calorie options. NEUTRAL results - I’ve added more salad but haven’t really made great low-calorie selections overall.
    -Eat more natural fruit (e.g., NOT dried mango, granola, etc.) when craving sweets. NEUTRAL I ran out of the dried mango and granola so that hasn’t been a problem but I didn’t remember to eat fruit as much as I should have, except for the occasional banana.
    -Continue daily abdominal workouts. ✅ My son and I have only missed 2 days in 3 weeks because he opted out. Yesterday, he spent a long day at the beach with friends and felt tired, but I added an ab workout after finishing with the personal trainer (PT) so that was a small bonus for me.
    -Keep up the PT sessions 2x per week. ✅ It’s kind of unfortunate that I have to rely on paying the PT to keep me accountable but I guess it’s one of the few things my husband and I do together and I guess we’re supporting the local YMCA workers to make a little extra money.
    -Add a run if rowing isn’t possible. ❎ I spent a few minutes rowing hard on the erg machine and jumped some rope following my PT workout but haven’t done much cardio. I’m not counting my walks with the dog or light yard work here, but I hope that some extra movement will sustain my fitness at the minimum level until I can build a better cardio routine.

    From the reflection above, I can see where I need to concentrate my efforts until my weigh-in day on Wednesday. My stats follow: Female, age 54 and 5’4”

    -SW 168 (MFP tracking started at 165)
    -CW 136
    -GW 125 (w/ maintenance between 125-130)

    I’ll look forward to hearing how everyone else is doing. Are you meeting your goals and/ or learning ways to improve your habits to meet your goals?
    edited May 23
  • AZrisingAZrising Member Posts: 45 Member Member Posts: 45 Member
    I’m getting back at it myself after having great success in the past with support of others and helping to provide it in return! Feel free to send me an add!
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    Thank you and welcome to the ‘Accountability buddies’ group, @AZrising!

    Usually, we post our weekly goals and then check in regularly to report our progress. I’m glad to hear about your previous success and wonder if you have any recommendations for others based on what you learned. What worked for you? Are you using the same approach now or making some adjustments?

    I’ve been struggling a bit with losing the last 10 pounds needed to reach my goal. I may switch my focus to ‘maintenance’ in regard to calorie intake while paying more attention to body recomposition through better nutrition and workouts. I’ll need more education in these areas so I can incorporate the changes.
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    Here’s another update for this week, since I’m needing extra accountability to stay on track.

    -Reduce snacking overall. ❎ Sunday was fine but I went over my calorie target again yesterday. The snacks weren’t terrible (e.g., fruit with yogurt & a few chopped pecans, and yogurt covered raisins) but I would have met my calorie goals based on meals alone so I’ll need to find the right balance.

    -Increase salad & nutritious low-calorie options. We ordered Chinese takeout on Sunday, which is high in sodium and sauce calories, but we loaded up on vegetable dishes. I made a vegetarian Mediterranean dish last night that also included lots of greens, etc. 👎🏼 👍🏼 👍🏼

    -Eat more natural fruit.

    -Continue daily abdominal workouts.

    -Keep up the PT sessions 2x per week.

    -Add a run if rowing isn’t possible. ✅ My son and I ran around a nearby school track on Sunday. It was a hot day, and I played soccer that night, so I only ran a mile and then walked one more lap to cool down while my son ran more.

    There’s still no change on the scale, but my abs feel a lot stronger. So, I’m eager to see some more muscle definition once I can eliminate the layer of fat that’s hiding it 🤣😂🤣. Stay tuned! It may take awhile but I’m crawling forward. Best wishes to everyone as you go get those goals!
    edited May 25
  • bumpbreakcarbumpbreakcar Member, Premium Posts: 133 Member Member, Premium Posts: 133 Member
    Hey everyone,

    so I went to the market but I didn't meal prep and feeling defeated by that fact already... and I have so much to do today that I'm like how am I go to do everything ugh.... I did enjoy my Sunday but I barely got any sleep.

    so I'm starting late
  • Kuterah77Kuterah77 Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    I need an accountability buddy to check in daily. I need to lose 20 lbs. Thanks!

  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    Welcome @Kuterah77 - I’m not sure if @hokeapril1234 is still active on MFP but we are glad to have you here! I joined MFP in January 2020 but didn’t participate in the community forums until March, when I saw the ‘Accountability buddy’ messages posted by @hokeapril1234 and others. We didn’t really understand how it worked but we started posting our goals, encouraging each other, and reporting our progress as a way to stay accountable to our goals. Feel free to post some manageable short-term goals here or send a friend request if that’s a better approach for you.

    I find the ‘friends’ section is useful for quick comments, but my reflections tend to ramble too much 😬 so I rely on this thread to focus on continuous improvement and I use the friends section as a way to acknowledge a friend’s progress or give individual support (e.g., check in more personally if I haven’t seen them post any comments lately or celebrate a milestone, etc.).

    I’m sure you’ll find an approach that works best for you. Congratulations on taking the important step by joining in! The MFP app and Accountability buddy group have made a big difference for me.
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    @bumpbreakcar - I had a similar feeling yesterday with so many items on my ‘To Do’ list. I’m so impressed by your habit of food preparation and wish I could get better at planning for the week. Sometimes I’ll buy a ‘ready-to-eat’ item - like a roasted chicken - that is fairly straightforward for figuring out the calories. Then, I’ll prep for the next day or two using the time saved. Another idea is to search for ‘Quick Recipes’ with whatever ingredients you have on hand. A friend of mine turns to Caesar salads with chicken on top, and some people have’Breakfast for Dinner’ nights using omelets or some other easy option.

    Since you already shopped at the market, you may not want to add another stop for a prepared meal. Others might have ideas for quick meals or time-saving tips. Deep breathes and we’ll get through this week one step at a time. Best wishes!
    edited May 25
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    I feel good about my day yesterday. I was on the edge calorie-wise but satisfied with most food choices and didn’t snack. I was probably slightly off my nutrition targets though ... At the end of the day, I had 54 calories left over but I doubt 10 minutes of sit-ups really burns 78 calories! Usually, I don’t log the ab workouts in my daily exercise but I stumbled across ‘vigorous sit-ups’ in the exercise list so I added it for the psychological boost of staying in my calorie range for the day. Of course, I’m not fooling anyone with that report, not even myself. 🤥😂🤥 Still, I improved since yesterday’s status update above by ...

    -Reducing snacking overall.
    -Increasing salad & nutritious low-calorie options.


    I’ve got to get some work done quickly this morning because I’m rowing this afternoon and have some projects due by tomorrow. I hope everyone is having a good week. The scale hasn’t moved for me but I’m feeling stronger and feel confident that I’ll eventually become healthier by staying committed to the changes I’ve made. Hang in there through the tough times, Accounability buddies. I’m cheering you on ... so, I hope you can feel the encouragement and good vibes through our connection here in the MFP community forum. Go get those goals and become the person you want to be. 🤩
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 266 Member Member Posts: 266 Member
    Yesterday was my weigh-in day so today is the day I reflect on last week’s progress and set my new weekly goals. Last week started out slowly but I feel as though I accomplished everything by the end:

    -Reduced snacking overall. ✅ (by the end of week)
    -Increased salad & nutritious low-calorie options. ✅
    -Ate more natural fruit. ✅
    -Continued daily abdominal workouts. ✅
    -Kept up the PT sessions 2x per week. ✅
    -Added a run if rowing isn’t possible. ✅ (but only 1)

    I just realized I was more successful while I was working with the physical therapist 2-3 times per week so I might need to build more weight training, body weight exercises and resistance band workouts into my day. So, I’ll try that this week, and I also want to challenge myself to keep strengthening my back muscles to prevent that shoulder injury from returning. It’s much better now, but I have a little bit of work to do ... and visible back muscles might be a nice bonus! 🏋️‍♀️

    I’m going to set a ‘pull up’ goal for my 55 birthday in July but I’ll have to ask the personal trainer to help me identify a realistic target. I was going to say, I’ll double my current number but I’m afraid it could be ZERO at the moment. 🤣😂🤣

    My stats follow:
    -Female, age 54 and 5’4”
    -SW 168 (MFP tracking started at 165)
    -CW 135
    -GW 125 (w/ maintenance between 125-130)

    Here are my goals for this week:
    -Choose only healthy snacks (e.g., fruit, vegetables).
    -Increase intake of salad & other vegetables.
    -Continue daily abdominal workouts.
    -Keep up the PT sessions 2x per week.
    -Track water intake in MFP daily diary.
    -Start resistance band training & stretching at least 10 minutes on alternating days.
    -Use the pull up bar everyday to increase strength.
    -Add a run when rowing isn’t possible to ensure at least 3.5 hours of cardio workouts (Aspirational goal is 1 hour daily but my minimum goal is half)

    How is everyone doing this week? I’ll look forward to hearing about your progress and what you’re learning about yourself and the overall health improvement process. Go get those goals!
    edited May 27
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