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  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,929 Member Member Posts: 3,929 Member
    @holly-- yes, I think I worked up a bigger sweat raking leaves than running! Great job with your workouts--and sending hugs as you handle the funeral prep. <3 Although I get the occasional craving for a good burger, I rarely want fast food. I think working at Wendy's and Burger King as a teen gave me TMI on the behind the scenes at those places. Basically, if I find myself tempted, I just remember that it's usually a bunch of underpaid teens handling the food, and that's enough to stave off any desire to actually eat that stuff. Mybe imagining gross, dirty kids touching your food will help you avoid it too. LOL

    @MelodiousMermaid -- your plans are so thorough and focused, I know you will have success! I tend to be a little more "fly by the seat of my pants"--especially during the school year when I'm thoroughly over-scheduled. I'm constantly reminding myself to put my goals before work, but it's hard when I have 130 students to consider as well.

    AFM-- I was so worried that my carb-heavy day on Wed. and small lapses Thurs. and Fri. would mean a gain, but I actually lost another pound last week. That was great motivation to get back on track with avoiding the candy in my house all weekend, as well as all the goodies that are still lingering in our office. Tonight I went out for Mexican food with a friend, and though I did indulge in a Corona light (5g carbs), I ordered Mexican pepper steak and only ate the steak, peppers, and sour cream. No rice, no tortillas, no beans. When I got home I had some homemade butternut squash soup--pretty heavy on the carbs, but much more keto friendly than the restaurant fare.

    For November, I will stick with my exercise goal of 3x/week. It will be tough because we have parent teacher conferences this week and the following, plus I'm heading to Baltimore for a work conference the 20-25. My goal is to stay on the keto light plan until Thanksgiving dinner--that will be a carb-fest, but I'm running a 5k that morning, so at least I will earn it. :)

    I would love to be in the 180s by the end of this week, so I'm going to use that to encourage good choices for nutrition and exercise.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196
    10/19/19 = 194
    10/26/19 = 192
    11/2/19 = 191

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    10/6 - 10/12 = 3/3
    10/13 - 10/19 = 3/3
    10/20 - 10/26 = 2/3
    10/27 - 11/2 = 2/3

  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    Saturday check-in

    Thanks again to dustyspal, Karen, and Holly for your encouragement.

    The adjustments to the goals were what was needed. I thought about going over 4 miles in a stretch more than once this week to get extra burn in, but the level of the pain build-up over the week showed me that I was right to force a limitation. It might be a few more weeks to see more miles in one go. It's kinda frustrating to have to do separate walks on my non-lifting days, but I guess if it's what it takes, it's what it takes.

    Having the goal sets in place saved me from vegetating (and possibly backsliding) this week. The monthly hormone dive started last weekend, and it's been more struggle than not to get going each day. Sometimes keeping going too, but so far I've managed. I think being accountable here and in the 9-week challenge I'm in has helped a lot too. I met both the baseline goals and gold goals.

    This week's recipe that I tried was lime chicken with salsa verde sour cream. I had to use dried cilantro (fresh would've been much better) and bottled lime juice (again fresh would be better). I also used boneless, skinless chicken breast as the meat, and subbed fat free plain greek yogurt for the sour cream (this is something I do as standard and usually works just fine). My husband and daughter loved it with rice, but without the rice (my bowl) was severely lacking for the experience. I'm saving it to try again with fresh stuff as mentioned and rice and/or beans when I get closer to maintenance.

    Here's the link to the recipe if you're interested:
    https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lime-chicken-with-salsa-verde-sour-cream/

    My baseline goals:
    1) At least 150 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walks at least 1 mile and a total of 30+ minutes 6 days a week.
    3) Keep at least two days ahead in pre-planning the food diary.

    Gold Goals:
    1) Complete Stronglifts 5x5 workouts at least 2 times per week (ideally 3).
    2) Walk a total of at least 4 miles per day (but no more than 4 miles at a time), except one day of rest (0-2 miles).
    3) Find at least one new recipe/food combination to try each week.

    My Stats:
    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Goal weight: Originally set it at 140, but that is likely to change.
    My healthy body fat percentage is forecasted to start at 155 lbs currently, based on scans done 10/28/19.

    To track/adjust goal weight, I will review body scans periodically as I go to be sure I'm doing well on body fat % and don't start to lose muscle mass. My goal is to be at a healthy body fat percentage (< or = to 25%) with good strength and stamina, wherever it is that I end on the scale. It seems as though a realistic range might be 144-167 based on the feedback I've gotten.

    09/14/19: 240.7
    09/21/19: 238.8
    09/28/19: 234.6
    10/05/19: 230.8
    10/12/19: 231.0
    10/19/19: 226.9
    10/26/19: 223.8
    11/01/19: 219.6
    11/09/19: 215.6
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Saturday Check In:
    My dads service was today. Standing room only at service was in aww of all the people he touched. I am so honored to get the American flag he earned for serving in the National Guards.
    Emotions and food are off the chain again. I got this though🙂
  • sweeetypie1sweeetypie1 Member Posts: 107 Member Member Posts: 107 Member
    Spent the day (Saturday) cleaning the living room carpet - wonder how many calories I burned LoL. Struggling to eat right, weight has stayed the same - still need more exercise. I did go on the treadmill for a short time two days ago.

    too many low sugar readings, had candy and I think that messed me up. sigh. Everyone here seems to be doing well, I am encouraged when I read your postings.

    So for me, this week - I need to log everything - that's when I do well, and get some kind of exercise every day. I'll try and log it. - Looking to lose at least 1 pound.

    Happy Sunday to all. Diane
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 649 Member Member Posts: 649 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen. Hugs. Take some time. We'll be here for you.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    Saturday check-in

    Not going to be overly verbose today -- just trying to live through the drudgery (Monday should be the day things switch around in the hormonal department, though it might be Tuesday). I would've met gold but for the limitation of mileage per walk. My feet are doing a bit better (pains staying the same or decreasing depending on the type), so I think I'm going to loosen that goal up going forward, pending that the pain does not get worse.

    My baseline goals:
    1) At least 150 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walks at least 1 mile and a total of 30+ minutes 6 days a week.
    3) Keep at least two days ahead in pre-planning the food diary.

    Gold Goals:
    1) Complete Stronglifts 5x5 workouts at least 2 times per week (ideally 3).
    2) Walk a total of at least 24 miles per week, allowing at least one day of rest (0-2 miles).
    3) Find at least one new recipe/food combination to try each week.

    My Stats:
    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Original goal weight: 140
    Current goal: 22.5% body fat (currently estimated at 150 lbs).

    To track/adjust goal weight, I will review body scans periodically as I go to be sure I'm doing well on body fat % and don't start to lose muscle mass. My goal is to be at a healthy body fat percentage with good strength and stamina, wherever it is that I end on the scale. It seems as though a realistic range might be 144-167 based on the feedback I've gotten.

    09/14/19: 240.7
    09/21/19: 238.8
    09/28/19: 234.6
    10/05/19: 230.8
    10/12/19: 231.0
    10/19/19: 226.9
    10/26/19: 223.8
    11/01/19: 219.6
    11/09/19: 215.6
    11/16/19: 212.7
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 649 Member Member Posts: 649 Member
    @MelodiousMermaid. WOW! Those are some Awesome losses.
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,929 Member Member Posts: 3,929 Member
    @holly-- my heart goes out to you as you grieve your father's passing. My dad's older sister passed away a few weeks ago, and a close friend lost her mother last week. I know loss is a part of growing older, but it's still so hard. Hugs and support--you are such a strong person; I know you get through this and back on track in your own time. How is training with your pup going? Has the weather turned to perpetual ice and snow for you guys yet?

    @MelodiousMermaid -- congrats on sticking with it! You are making such steady progress; it's truly inspirational. Thanks for consistently posting--even when I lapse in posting, I'm still reading the thread, and seeing the progress of other group members really helps keep me motivated.

    Hi all! Sorry I've been so MIA recently. Things have been super busy at work with parent/teacher conferences the last 2 weeks and trying to prepare for my 3-day absence starting this Wed. when I'll be in Baltimore for NCTE. In addition, our principal announced today that he's resigning at the end of this school year and will be on an extended absence for the foreseeable future. Needless to say, it's been hectic.

    Despite the craziness, I've been doing okay with nutrition--took another cheat day this past Wed. as we had or "friendsgiving" luncheon at work and conferences in the evening. I also admit to a few extra carbs noshing on leftovers Thursday. :blush:

    My real downfall has been not getting to the gym, but it's really been close to impossible as I've had to focus on getting some work graded and prepped prior to NCTE, but I've also had some social commitments taking up my time. Sadly, a close friend's mom passed away last week due to cancer, so being there for her has been a priority. On a happier note, my mom took my sisters and I to see Hamilton on Sunday. It was by far the best show I've ever seen, but it took up my whole day, so I got nothing else done. The closest I've come to exercise this past week (beyond a short walk with Gunner), is raking leaves after school today.

    I don't know how busy the conference will be this week, but I plan to bring running gear to get in a couple of gym visits while in Baltimore. I really don't want to lose the running gains I've made when I have the turkey trot coming up next week.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196
    10/19/19 = 194
    10/26/19 = 192
    11/2/19 = 191
    11/9/19 = 191
    11/16/19 = 191
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    @MelodiousMermaid- I love how well thought out your goals are.
    @Karen- I’m sorry to hear of the loss around you. Glad in all the chaos you got to enjoy time with your family. We haven’t gotten any winter like weather in my area just super cold. Most of the bad weather has been more down towards like Burnsville which is 30 minutes from my house to the south. Riley well he is stubborn. He was doing really well especially with walking and ignoring other dogs. And the last couple days were back to whining,pulling and barking at other dogs while we’re walking. What’s the saying it’s not a sprint it’s a marathon😂😂

    AFM:
    I started getting exercise in again this week. Saturday raked leaves for 4 hrs. rest of the days this week spent walking Riley as long as weather holds up. My eating is still not the best I know what to do though I just got to get myself motivated to do it. I also start therapy this week to learn how to deal with my mom now that my dad has passed. We have no relationship with each other but yet she still depends on me being my dad isn’t here.
  • sweeetypie1sweeetypie1 Member Posts: 107 Member Member Posts: 107 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen Glad to see the exercise you are getting. I hope things start working out with your mom.
    @skinnyjeanzbound - first, what a cool sign-in name - I know you'll make it to those skinny jeans. I take a cheat day every now and then too - and it seems when I do I drop some weight - weird, huh! Guess it's just my body adjusting. Looks like you're doing a great job! It's encouraging.
    @melodiousmermaid - you are doing phenomenal - wow - well done.

    There has to be some story behind our user names - I would love to hear yours. I'll share mine first.

    When I was dating my husband and meeting his family and learning about him, I learned he used to pick on his niece (and sisters) all the time. We were visiting his sister's and his niece (9 years old) was running by as she was playing but stopped to "greet us" by saying (to me) in a "sweet voice" - Hi Sweetie Pie and to my husband, Tim, (in a not so sweet voice) - "Hi Gross Head Tim" and to this day my husband and I sign our cards and such as Sweetie Pie and GHT

    Have a great day all. Diane
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    Saturday check-in

    Of note this last week: Met both sets of goals, though it was a struggle. Thankfully my hormonal profile shifted to favorable last night (finally, as I was hoping for it on Monday). I'm glad I have the goals sorted as they are, because the baseline was the only reason I went out to walk a couple of the days, and by the end of the time I was honest with myself about not being in a good mental state to be productive, so why not continue to put one foot in front of the other, thus walking continued.

    I need to have something I can have as a cardio workout other than walking (primarily due to knees and feet), for now as a low-intensity activity, but later as something I can ramp up when I feel ready (and have the necessary extra calories coming in to support it). After weeks of deliberation, I finally took the dive and learned about proper indoor rowing technique/form, and gave it a try on Thursday afternoon. I think it will be a good match, though I can tell it will take at least a week or two to get into the groove (I'm feeling muscles I didn't know were there before).

    Thus, I have a new Gold Goal in the list, so I will continue to adapt.

    My baseline goals:
    1) At least 150 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walks at least 1 mile and a total of 30+ minutes 6 days a week.
    3) Keep at least two days ahead in pre-planning the food diary.

    Gold Goals:
    1) Complete Stronglifts 5x5 workouts at least 2 times per week (ideally 3).
    2) Walk a total of at least 24 miles per week, allowing at least one day of rest (0-2 miles).
    3) Find at least one new recipe/food combination to try each week.
    4) Complete at least 2 beginner workouts on the Concept 2 rower per week.

    My Stats:
    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Original goal weight: 140
    Current goal: 22.5% body fat (currently estimated at 147 lbs).

    To track/adjust goal weight, I will review body scans periodically as I go to be sure I'm doing well on body fat % and don't start to lose muscle mass. My goal is to be at a healthy body fat percentage with good strength and stamina, wherever it is that I end on the scale. It seems as though a realistic range might be 144-167 based on the feedback I've gotten.

    09/14/19: 240.7
    09/21/19: 238.8
    09/28/19: 234.6
    10/05/19: 230.8
    10/12/19: 231.0
    10/19/19: 226.9
    10/26/19: 223.8
    11/01/19: 219.6
    11/09/19: 215.6
    11/16/19: 212.7
    11/23/19: 209.2
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Saturday Check In:
    I have went for a walk 6 of the 7 days this week. My eating is still bad but I am trying.... in all honesty not super hard on the food. Focused on the exercise and getting back into a routine.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Well looks like outside walking is coming to an end with 6-12 inches of snow in next 24-36 hrs. Those traveling in the snow storm area please be safe.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen We're about 3.5 hours SE of you -- due to get 4-5 inches by forecast. I used to live in Bloomington and remember the epic Halloween Blizzard of '91 (though I was youngish at the time). Stay safe and warm!
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    @MelodiousMermaid - my area of the metro got 4.5 inches of pure wet heavy snow. It took me 2 hrs to shovel today .... good work out but I hate winter.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen I hear ya. Ours wasn't the full-heavy type, but decent moisture density, guessing about 4", but is pretty drifty, so not totally sure. Got lucky this time as we were early in the street plowing rotation. I'm also lucky because there are two guys and my sister who I can count on for help in the snow clearing department. And my daughter if I twist her arm.

    Ugh. Freezing drizzle on tomorrow night's forecast. THAT is what I hate most about winter... Well, that and those Canadian cold bursts.

    @sweeetypie1 Just realized I never replied to your username query. I had a different name at first, but wanted to change to something less "vanilla." At that time, I was focusing on aquatic workouts due to back, etc., and I'm also a very part-time musician/vocalist, thus melodious mermaid was derived. Not much of a mermaid anymore, but might give real swimming a try after losing a bunch of my built-in "resistance" (not to mention wait until I'm at a stable swimsuit size so I don't drive the family broke in the process of losing weight).

    In other news, baseline goals are a bust this week, as I forgot to plan ahead yesterday, and frankly don't have the energy tonight. Threw a few things in for tomorrow for protein's sake, but going to see how the day goes (not to mention, I have no idea what will be served for lunch). Dealing with feet issues again and now knee issues. I think I need to try focusing on rowing more going forward, as proper form in that makes the muscles sore, but I have yet to have increased pain complaints from my joints following a workout. I plan to not walk at all tomorrow due to slick surfaces outdoors, altered gym hours that don't work with my family's plans, and the overwhelming pain I'm dealing with. I do, however, plan to go to another location that's a 24-hour facility and row. We'll see if that plan lasts through 5 am tomorrow. LOL

    Happy Thanksgiving, all.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    Saturday check-in

    Well color me astounded. My usual weight loss pattern has been losing most of the weekly weight Sunday through Tuesday mornings, then mostly holding until the next Sunday-Tuesday (water retention due to workouts/swelling). Seemingly out of the blue, I had a considerable weight drop this morning. I'm guessing it's because this was the 3rd morning after lifting, as I didn't lift yesterday (normally do), and chose to do it this morning instead. It's the only thing that really makes sense anyhow. It will be interesting watching the next few days' readings.

    As noted on the post I did on the 27th, I did not make goals this week. Got everything but the keeping 2 days ahead in pre-planning. Didn't fall off the train though. I am adapting to rowing decently well, I think. I'm going to work in the direction of rowing 6 days a week eventually, with aiming for 10,000 steps on most days as well. Don't have a step counter now, but the mileage listed for my walking goal should cover that.

    I ditched the food based goal, as I'm having trouble getting support at home and just don't have the motivation. I still met it last week, but I can't deal with it right now. Altered my walking goals to keep me in a workable range, while keeping me from working myself into another pit of extreme pain (hopefully).

    My baseline goals:
    1) At least 150 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walking and/or rowing a total of 30+ minutes 6 days a week.
    3) Keep at least two days ahead in pre-planning the food diary.

    Gold Goals:
    1) Complete Stronglifts 5x5 workouts at least 2 times per week (ideally 3).
    2) Walk a total of between 20-30 intentional miles per week, allowing at least one day of rest (0-2 miles).
    3) Complete at least 3 workouts on the Concept 2 rower (30+ minutes) per week.

    My Stats:
    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Original goal weight: 140
    Current goal: 22.5% body fat (currently estimated at 147 lbs).

    To track/adjust goal weight, I will review body scans periodically as I go to be sure I'm doing well on body fat % and don't start to lose muscle mass. My goal is to be at a healthy body fat percentage with good strength and stamina, wherever it is that I end on the scale. It seems as though a realistic range might be 144-167 based on the feedback I've gotten.

    09/14/19: 240.7
    09/21/19: 238.8
    09/28/19: 234.6
    10/05/19: 230.8
    10/12/19: 231.0
    10/19/19: 226.9
    10/26/19: 223.8
    11/01/19: 219.6
    11/09/19: 215.6
    11/16/19: 212.7
    11/23/19: 209.2
    11/30/19: 203.9
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,929 Member Member Posts: 3,929 Member
    @sweeetypie1 -- It's funny. I chose that user name about 55 lbs ago when i was wearing size 16-18 pants, and my "skinny jeans" were a size 14. Now 14 is my norm, and the 12s taking up room in my dresser are my "skinny jeans." My current goal is to lose the 10 lbs that are preventing me from wearing them. I guess it's all relative, right? LOL

    @holly--sorry winter came for you guys -- I also dislike the snow and cold. I've got about 10-12 years until I can retire and hope to retire in the Caribbean or some equally warm climate.

    @MelodiousMermaid -- great job continuing to meet and set goals. I've been slacking a bit with both nutrition and exercise, and I know it's because of my failure to set any concrete goals for November. The one goal I set--to run twice while in Baltimore--I met, so there's evidence that goal-setting works.

    AFM--Hi everyone!! Wow, feels like I haven't posted in forever even though it's only been 2 weeks. Baltimore was really great. We had a lot of fun and attended some very informative conference sessions. Got to see George Takei--he delivered our keynote address to promote his latest book--which was exciting. I've been a trekkie my whole life, and I love to follow George on social media as well.

    I didn't bother logging food while away--I ate a lot of delicious seafood! But I also tried to make decent choices and we got A LOT of steps in every day. In addition, I packed two workout outfits and used them both to run in the hotel's exercise facility.

    I got home last Sunday evening and didn't run again until the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. I did as well as I'd hoped, pacing at about a 12 minute mile. Thanksgiving dinner was at a restaurant which prevented the usual overindulgence of the holiday meal. The restaurant food was fine, but it wasn't nearly as delicious as a homemade turkey dinner. However, because I was in Baltimore and the rest of my family was in MI attending my aunt's memorial service, there's was really no way any of us could pull off hosting the holiday.

    I've been logging since my return, but I wasn't really watching my carbs as much as before Baltimore. Today was the first day I was seriously back on the keto-light wagon. I was a little nervous about stepping on the scale, but when I finally weighed myself yesterday, I saw there was no harm done. My goal now is to stick to the lower carbs until Christmas dinner.

    I know I should set a workout goal, but I truly feel like I'm just in survival mode until Winter Break. I'm going to try to get a gym visit in one day this week, but I have so much grading. Plus, a friend and colleague lost her son Saturday. He had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy--only 21 years old which is the average life expectancy. The memorial will be this Thursday, and even though the recent losses of my aunt and friend's mother have been sad, this one is going to be extremely rough. I have no idea what to even say to my friend--everything just seems so hollow.

    Sorry to end my post on such a downer. I hope everyone has a good week.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196
    10/19/19 = 194
    10/26/19 = 192
    11/2/19 = 191
    11/9/19 = 191
    11/16/19 = 191
    11/23/19 = no weigh in (out of town)
    11/30/19 = 191
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Hey- They finally plowed my road today...yes it snowed last thursday, saturday and sunday. I was stuck at home all weekend due to roads not being plowed. I got stuck a bunch of times last year, so I no longer chance it if plowing hasnt been done.
    I weighed myself for the first since my dad passed I have gained all weight loss back... and now that snow is here not feeling motivated at all. I am still eating out a lot. I understand this post is a downer but I believe in being honest.
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