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  • roz0810roz0810 Member Posts: 109 Member Member Posts: 109 Member
    Hi everyone. I'm still here lurking around, just been terrible with posting.
    How is everyone getting on?
    Gyms are open here this week so I'm starting back on Sunday. Getting married on 19th August so that's definitely going to encourage me to go 😂 everything is pretty much all ready though.
    xx
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 88 Member Member Posts: 88 Member
    Welcome @alexandrajam! Do you have a specific goal you’ve set to be accountable to this week?

    It’s good to know you’re still active with the group @roz0810! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Our 30-year anniversary was in March, which is hard for me to believe. We traveled a lot before we had children so they’re still relatively young (18 & 19) and it’s nice to have them home for the summer despite the challenging situation. This is certainly a memorable time to get married so I’m sure you’ll remember it for years to come. Enjoy this exciting time together!

    @carriestrine - Thanks for the nutritionist and PT guidance on how to handle exercise calories (i.e., not eating calories to match those burned). My daily calorie intake is low because I’m fairly short (5’4” or ~163cm) and it’s incorporating a deficit already, so I eat back exercise calories when I feel hungry. Sometimes I’m left with an added deficit and I’ve been considering it a bonus. I’ll see if I can keep more exercise calories in reserve but, if it’s not sustainable because I feel too hungry, I might just have to be more patient with the longer time to lose weight. After playing soccer last night, I wasn’t hungry but that’s not always the case. I’m really in this for the lifestyle change so I’m curious to test out the advice you passed along from your mother. Thanks for sharing what you learned.
  • kstpierre52020kstpierre52020 Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member
    Still stuck at 136/137. I’m maintaining this weight consistently and definitely think i need to adjust something to get through this last push to 130. One more lifestyle change... but not sure what that will be. I’ll check back in and let you know what I figure out! These last pounds are tough!!!!

    Roz0810- congratulations of your upcoming wedding! Wishing you all the happiness in the world!
  • highmaintnancehighmaintnance Member Posts: 163 Member Member Posts: 163 Member
    Hello everyone! I just wanted to check in, welcome the new people and say hello to the lurkers. I went to the lake this past weekend and did pretty well with the eating. I stayed in the water and constantly moved my legs and arms to keep active and to keep me from beating up the kids and stealing their doritos, lol. I did eat a few chips, but not nearly as many as I was afraid I would be tempted to eat. I am not in three fitness challenges, thanks to Renae for the latest Fitbit challenge invite!

    Does anyone on here drink kombucha or drink apple cider vinegar? I used to drink acv with water but it was still too strong and I was worried about the effects of that on my teeth and esophagus. I started drinking kombucha and I have found that it is just as helpful! I buy the flavors that have no added sugars (very important) and I have found that I crave desserts less, which is a blessed miracle for me! I also bought a fiber powder that has prebiotics in it and I think it has done wonders for me. I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy!
  • ladyyyy_j_ladyyyy_j_ Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    I am also looking for an accountability buddy !
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 88 Member Member Posts: 88 Member
    @ladyyyy_j_ Welcome to the group! We post our goals for the week and then check in to let everyone know how we’re doing. For example, did we steal the kids’ Doritos at the lake or manage to resist the temptation? ... 😂

    @highmaintnance is clearly stronger than me in that regard! 😳 I gave an ‘inspiring’ mark above for not overindulging on the chips and telling them it must have been one of their siblings who finished them ... good job!! Recently, I tried kombucha and liked it but haven’t built a habit of drinking it regularly. I think I still have some in the refrigerator so I appreciate the reminder! Your caution about making sure it’s a healthy version is so true! There is a real range of trendy products out there. I got the one flavored with ginger and the price was very reasonable at Aldi compared to others I’ve seen. My plan was to try a different flavor each time I shopped to experiment with how to build it into our diet. My son put some in his smoothly, which was fine ... but a little fizzy. I use a little apple cider vinegar in pasta salads and now I’m intrigued by the idea of trying other ways to incorporate probiotics this summer. Maybe you’ve touched on a good ‘lifestyle change’ for @kstpierre52020 to consider adding for that final push 🤔. It’s great that you’re so close to your goal @kst... Keep up the great work!

    My exercise routine was disrupted a bit by heavy rain today. I was supposed to play tennis with my son this afternoon but we got a warning of flash floods in the area. We had no trouble at home but it was quite a downpour ... A beautiful and powerful display of nature, but not good tennis weather. We still did our home abdominal series so it wasn’t a complete wash. Ha! ... no pun intended! Anyway, I hope the weather has been kind to all of you visiting the lakes, etc. Enjoy! ... I clearly need a vacation.

    As for this week’s progress report ... My rowing group also canceled due to heat all week, but we still managed a group workout using Zoom. I’m leading the online workout tomorrow so I’ll sign off now and go put some exercises together. MFP has some ‘body weight only’ routines but I‘d welcome any recommendations you all have for sites I can use in the future.

    I’m still hoping to fit in an afternoon row if the weather improves tomorrow so I’ll report back how it goes with meeting my exercise goals. I’ve been meeting my calorie targets - and getting better with adding protein in place of carbs - but I’m not there yet with balancing my macros and tracking more precisely. I’ll keep working at it this week. Although it’s a slow process viewed through the lens of the scale, I hope I’m making steady long term changes that become more visible overtime. Best wishes to all our accountability buddies out there. Seize the day!
    edited July 23
  • highmaintnancehighmaintnance Member Posts: 163 Member Member Posts: 163 Member
    @PatriceFitnessPal I drink Synergy brand and my favorite flavor is Gingerberry. I tried the green one and I couldn't do it, lol. It could probably be an acquired taste. I also had a sip of the cranberry and that wasn't bad. I do need to try some from Aldi because they are quite expensive at Kroger. This weather is not conducive to what I like to do outside, exercise wise. I hate really high temperatures and humidity!
  • Naz_2020Naz_2020 Member Posts: 77 Member Member Posts: 77 Member
    How's your week going, my friends? I am doing okay and still on track. Taking one day at a time.
  • highmaintnancehighmaintnance Member Posts: 163 Member Member Posts: 163 Member
    @nazah_sakin great job! Taking things one day at a time sounds a lot easier than it really is, so kudos to you for sure. I've learned that you have to stay in the present, you can't dwell on yesterday or obsess about what you want tomorrow to look like. That's scary for control freaks like myself. How are you handling taking one day at a time?

    I have had limited amounts of food options in my house this week, so that's been challenging. I pick up my grocery order tomorrow because today is payday! I just walked up and down six flights of stairs with my motivational work group and I'm definitely sucking air. Getting up every hour is a must for a desk job, though, so I only complain a little, lol. What are small healthy things everyone does during the work hours?
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 88 Member Member Posts: 88 Member
    @highmaintnance - Getting a motivational group together at work sounds like a wonderful way to build in daily support! Do you set a certain time for your ‘stair stepping’ break or does someone send a message to the group? I’ve tried setting reminders in my calendar but, if it’s only me, I often just ignore the reminder. 🙁

    I’m slouching at the desk and need to improve my posture because I ended up with a shoulder injury. I’m definitely more aware of the need to get up regularly to stretch or move, but haven’t yet built a daily habit. I’d say I’m remembering about half the time. As you and @nazah_sakin said, I’ll take it one day at a time and keep working at getting better. One of the small things I do while working is try to drink water. I’d like to walk more during web-based calls but I don’t usually think about it until the day is over. I’ve been enjoying sitting on the porch we just screened in - and I suppose that keeps my stress level down - but it’s not active.

    My goal this week is to follow the diet required for a routine health screening later in the week (e.g., no nuts, seeds, and limited raw vegetables, etc.). It will be very different than usual so I’m also hoping to drink lots of water because I got dehydrated last time. I’ll try to exercise the same amount. I can only row twice this week due to work meetings so I signed up for an hour of standup paddling on Monday. Have a great week everyone! Let us know what you are committed to accomplishing this week. It doesn’t have to be a big change but, when you go to sleep each night, you’ll feel good knowing you followed through on your goal for the day. No guilt ... Go get that proud feeling, sleeping with a smile and deep sense of peace instead! 😴 ☮️ 😎
  • msunat97msunat97 Member Posts: 536 Member Member Posts: 536 Member
    Hi everyone. My goal for the week of July 26 is to finish the last week of the Body Beast build phase. I'll start Bulk on Aug 1st. Please add me as a friend to cheer me on and I can do the same for you. Also, I do login each day and want to maintain my streak of 1100 days.
  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    Morning all, had a quiet few days.... Sometimes I forget to come on because I'm not tracking food at the moment.
    Yesterday I did a 20k run event with my personal trainer. Hard work but ALOT of fun! :)
    Im also really close to completing my first Tough Mudder, which will have seen me run 100km and climb 6000ft plus loads of other exercises by Wedensday. Its felt really good to push myself.
    Hope you are all ok!!
  • kstpierre52020kstpierre52020 Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member
    Very busy time here. Away from scale and normalcy. Still working out. And brought some pre-made smoothies and food with me to try to stay on track.
    Goals- no eating after dinner
    Only eat when truly hungry
    Keep working out.
    I’ll be able to check in with the scale weds am, then back to the races. We’ll see where I land then back to the races.

    Side note- had a scary moment this week where I had to exert myself physically- strength and cardio- for a pretty long time to protect someone from getting hurt. Was so thankful to have been working out in order to do it. Just think when you choose to workout or eat healthy to drop some weight- it might not just be for getting thinner- you might be able to do something important physically that you wouldn’t have been able to do before, maybe help someone or protect yourself or someone else -or your body might be stronger to fight off an illness that might have gotten you before. So many other reasons to stay the course.
  • estrad06estrad06 Member Posts: 31 Member Member Posts: 31 Member
    Hello :) looks like we are all looking for the same thing. Accountability and motivation. Motivation you can say is my biggest weakness. I’m like rocky during training sessions with eye of the tiger motivation for a week and then after poof no eye of the tiger lol any tips or advice?
  • highmaintnancehighmaintnance Member Posts: 163 Member Member Posts: 163 Member
    @PatriceFitnessPal my work group has a set exercise for each hour. We have a group chat in Microsoft Teams and every hour, we all complete that exercise and check in. It really helps to hear everyone chime in and say they completed it, then I really feel like I have to get mine done too. Regarding water, I bought a 64 oz water bottle that I fill up every morning and finish before bed. I like doing it that way so I don't lose track of how many times I refilled a smaller water bottle. Plus the gigantic thing is on my desk and cannot be ignored! With all of that water comes many bathroom breaks. I take that time to walk to a bathroom that is farther away if I have time. If I don't, at least I'm up and getting a few steps in. Good luck on your health screen!!

    @kiay131982 I hurt myself and became exhausted just reading your accomplishments. That's awesome!

    @kstpierre52020 good point about the extra perk of getting in shape; you never know how it will save your, or someone else's, life!

    @estrad06 what worked for me was making smaller changes and gradually adding more. If I go hog wild up front, it's too easy for me to lose momentum because it's often not sustainable. When I make small sustainable changes and add more or increase intensity/frequency, I can usually keep going long enough for them to become a habit.

    @msunat97 that is an impressive amount of log in days! Do you log your food each one of those days?
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 88 Member Member Posts: 88 Member
    @highmaintnance - Thanks so much for sharing how your work group motivates and encourages the team to take a break from the computer screen every hour. It’s a double benefit when you add the burst of exercise into the necessary computer break ... good for the eyes, posture, overall physical health, and even offers a little social-emotional connection to your colleagues! I’m going to invite some of my co-workers to try it. I also like your strategy for adding water. Thanks again for the tips! I appreciate it.

    @msunat97 - Wow! That’s quite a streak logging in to MFP. Keep up the good work 🤩 ... Are those workouts - Body Beast & Bulk - also part of MFP?
    I know many people participate in Beach Body but I’m not clear if that’s part of Premium membership or a separate ‘on demand’ streaming access.

    @kiay131982 - You’ve been really challenging yourself with impressive workout routines! 🔥 Do you run with you personal trainer or set your goal with the help of the trainer and then follow through on your own? I’ll be (virtually) cheering you on as you complete the ‘Tough Mudder’ this week. 🎉

    @kstpierre52020 - Thanks for the reminder about all the benefits of improving our health. I’m so glad you were nearby and able to help. 😇 Good for you! ❤️

    @estrad06 - That’s great advice In the post above from @highmaintnance. It takes a few weeks to build a new habit so (from a Rocky perspective) I guess that means starting with a manageable run and adding the stairs - and punching the frozen beef - over time ... as you build each new habit. 😂

    This week’s prescribed diet requires some focus so I’m glad I didn’t add too many additional goals. For example, I realized AFTER I ate a piece of toast yesterday morning that it had seeds on the crust. It’s not a big deal, because I still have 4 days before the procedure, but it takes a bit more planning. Yesterday’s paddle boarding was nice. We saw a couple of eagles and lots of other birds, turtles, etc. just a couple miles from the center of downtown. That’s one reason I enjoy getting on the river whenever possible. It’s not quite the same as the ocean I experienced growing up in Boston but similar beauty and convenience in close proximity.

    I appreciate reading about the progress and struggles that others are facing along this health journey. So, thanks to all of you for checking in with the ‘Accountability Buddy’ group. It’s motivating, supportive, and offers positive momentum whenever I feel stuck. There was one day this week that I felt a bit of a setback but it would have been far worse if I had felt alone. Instead, I managed to end the day with only a small deficit and start fresh the next day. I think I’m realizing that both of my sons will be heading off to college again soon. I’m excited for them but have to be sure to fill the void with positive thoughts and activities as I transition to this new lifestyle. I hope we can travel soon so I can distract myself! I know this can be an opportunity for personal growth so I’m working on reframing my thoughts...

    Best wishes to all ... Go get those goals!!
  • alexandrajamalexandrajam Member, Premium Posts: 3 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3 Member
    Hi all, forgot to check in earlier. My goal for this week is to track and maintain my calorie goals. Usually I like to walk 5/7 days of the week but we are in the middle of an awful heat wave and I can’t bear to be outside so I’ll be walking Thursday and Friday when the temperatures finally drop. I’d like to do yoga on Saturday and Sunday.
  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 128 Member Member Posts: 128 Member
    Morning all!
    I completed my first tough mudder! Next one starts next week... Glutton for punishment!

    @kstpierre52020 sounds like you did an absolutely amazing thing, well done you!

    @PatriceFitnessPal My PT sets my training programmes and I do them. I see her twice a week to workout with her. We did the 20k run together though :)

    I am still not logging food and it still feels so alien. Im trying hard to just do completely clean eating but it isnt always successful! I will keep going though as it is nice not having to weigh every darn thing!!
  • kstpierre52020kstpierre52020 Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member
    Discouraging morning. After a very very busy 10 days or so where I’ve barely had time to even think about food, I’ve gotten on the scale and I’m up 2 lbs! As I look back at my last stated goals- mindful eating, not eating at night, and continuing to exercise, the only one really achieved was the exercise goal. I guess the saying, “ abs are made in the kitchen” is right!!!
    So while feeling discouraged, I know the only thing to be done is to start again today with renewed commitment. I have 3 days by myself- good time to reset. SO-
    I will track all 3 days
    I will sleep enough
    I will continue to exercise
    I will renew my commitment and remember
  • kstpierre52020kstpierre52020 Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member Member, Premium Posts: 60 Member
    That was weird- my screen froze then posted without finishing my writing.

    Remember why I’m doing this -

    To lower my blood pressure
    To take care of my knees
    To feel good in my clothes and my skin
    To have a healthy heart
    To be poised and ready as I get older and I face menopause and other major changes to my body
    To be strong and able
    To have a more peaceful mind
    To be a good example to my kids

    My reasons will drive me. I’ll check back in on Friday and let you know how I did on those goals. Especially the tracking one.
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