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  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 272 Member Member Posts: 272 Member
    @beshamama - Thanks for sharing your goals for the week. How’s it going? I did better with drinking water at the beginning of the month, but I’ve recently tapered off so I appreciated seeing your goal as a subtle reminder to stay accountable.

    @kiay131982 - You lifted my spirits and changed my perspective with your comment above. Thank you for the encouragement. I feel as though it was requiring too much ‘headspace’ to stay on track but your post helped me reflect on the situation more positively. The trip was short but wonderful! We shared many laughs with friends, enjoyed walks in Central Park, and contributed (ever so slightly) to the City economy that is suffering so much right now. Like any other lifestyle change, it will get easier to make adjustments ‘in real time’ with practice. So, I strengthened that muscle, just a touch!

    Here are my new weekly stats and goals:
    CW: 133 (fluctuating but 3 data points at 133)
    GW: 125 (maintenance range will likely be 125-130)
    So, I have 8 pounds to lose by the end of 2021.

    Goals:
    (1) PT twice a week and PT home exercises at least 2 out of the other 5 days.
    (2) Personal trainer twice and add yoga class 2 days (Sat. plus one more day - maybe Wed.?)
    (3) Continue Zumba classes on Sunday and walk with friend as a bonus goal.
    (4) Accomplish at least 2 professional goals (finish calculating tax expenses; start developing website content and map out the main menu sections, finalize contract with California, submit 2 invoices).
    (5) Pack up at least 2 boxes to donate and plan the actual drop off (for next week with bonus points if done this week)

    Another bonus will be buying some books I’ve been planning to read. It’s a busy work week so I may not get to my ‘bonus point’ goals; but, I have a reward in mind if I do. I received a message that the masseuses at a local massage business have received vaccinations. So, I think it will help my shoulder heal, provide some stress relief for positive mental health and offer a nice reward for achieving extra goals. I’m motivated! 😀

    How are you all doing? Have you set some clear and manageable goals for the week? Be kind and care of yourselves ... and go get those goals!
  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 202 Member Member Posts: 202 Member
    Morning all! I need a refocus... Again!! Had a good loss last week, then a small hiccup of a weekend (wine and snacks) and have been peeking at the scales all week and havent been able to undo the gain I had after my loss! :( weigh in day is tomorrow and I think Im going to end up showing a gain!

    Need to prioritise protein and water and get back on track!!!!!
  • Michie112gMichie112g Member, Premium Posts: 49 Member Member, Premium Posts: 49 Member
    Same here I would like to get rid of 20lbs. Would love to have accountability friends
  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 202 Member Member Posts: 202 Member
    Hi @Michie112g!! Feel free to post your goals and plans on the thread! Its a really nice supportive group! Xxx introduce yourself and let us know you :)

    My weigh in today was disheartening, but I knew it would be. I am going to refocus my efforts on macros this week, as I have been sticking to calorie limits, but obviously still eating the wrong things. Keep up with trying to drink enough water... I dont always manage that one.
    I havent really been running much either as I was waiting on the results of my MRI, but I have no idea how long it will be before I get those.... So I should stop using it as an excuse and find time to get out there!
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 272 Member Member Posts: 272 Member
    @Michie112g - Welcome!

    @kiay131982 - It’s challenging to have our positive routines interrupted by injury. I hope the MRI results are helpful in offering a path forward so you can get relief. I’ve heard the the waiting between medical tests and diagnosis is the most difficult, and once we can name the problem it can be easier to deal with it. In the meantime, it sounds as though you’re doing a good job exploring alternatives to running, like Pilates, etc. Were you able to find any sessions on YouTube? I saw a lot of 15-20 minute sessions that looked good but you might be looking for longer options. I hope your ‘refocusing’ time is bringing some clarity. You always demonstrate ways to problem solve and reflect in productive ways so I’ll look forward to hearing what you’re learning about overcoming your injury and continuing your health journey.

    Here’s an update on my weekly goals:
    (1) PT twice a week and PT home exercises at least 2 out of the other 5 days. - Completed one physical therapy session and also going Tuesday. I’ve done select home exercises but not the full series. I’ll try to fit in some today and tomorrow.
    (2) Personal trainer twice and add yoga class 2 days - ✅ (Thurs. & Sat) and ✅ (Wed. & Sat.)
    (3) Continue Zumba classes on Sunday and walk with friend as a bonus goal. ✅ (Today/ Sun.)
    (4) Accomplish at least 2 professional goals (In the works for Mon. & Tues.).
    (5) Pack up at least 2 boxes to donate and plan the actual drop off (Today’s goal) ...

    So, I better get to work!! I hope you’re all doing well. Go get those goals!

  • beshamamabeshamama Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    New week new goals! My birthday and my daughter’s birthday is over so now I can finally get back to healthy food choices 😊

    *Log all my food
    *Try to stay under budget at least 3x
    *Exercise at least 4x
    *Drink more water
    *Night snack every other night
  • beshamamabeshamama Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    Today I signed up for MyFitnessPal premium. I’ll let you all know how it goes. I decided today that I really need to stop be so passive with my health/weight loss. If paying for something means I’ll use it and hopefully see results then I’m all for that. I also downloaded an app for my stationary bike. Knitting while biking was all good and fine but didn’t really feel like I was exercising(maybe I’ll do that on “rest days” 🤔). The app BitGym has videos of different places in the world so it’s also scratching my wanderlust itch. 🤣 Also have a new goal for this week. Cut back on drinking. I don’t think I have a drinking problem but I do enjoy a drink or two every night and that’s probably why my weight isn’t budging. I really need to find an alternative. Going to go down a rabbit hole on the internet for non alcoholic fun drinks.

  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 202 Member Member Posts: 202 Member
    Morning!!

    @PatriceFitnessPal how go your goals??? I've seen the donations and sorting be in your plans for a while.... Are you trying to have a declutter??

    @beshamama do let us know if Premium is worth it, I have thought the same thing before about paying for something so using it more... But never actually bitten the bullet!! I definitely find my weight drops quicker if I skip the alcohol... Could you maybe start off by dropping the amount of evenings you allow yourself a drink? X

    Slow but steady progress here. I'm making sure I get out on a proper dog walk at least on the days where I dont have gym classes, so Im keeping moving. I think until the kids go back to school thats the best I cN expect of myself.
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 272 Member Member Posts: 272 Member
    @kiay131982 - Ha! Thanks for helping me with accountability to my decluttering goal! 🙏🏼 I’m failing miserably with this particular goal and trying to figure out the best approach to it. I have some urgent work deadlines so I’ve been considering pushing this particular goal to mid-April so I can get over some of the other hurdles first. On the other hand, my mind feels cluttered when my environment is cluttered so I really want to tackle the excess stuff! What I’m planning to do this week is to break the goal down into tiny chunks and see if I can generate some energy for clearing out the unwanted items. I’ll really need to examine what is at the heart of this stalling. This goal week ends tomorrow and I’ll set new weekly goals on Thursday so your question is timely. Yes!! I’m trying to have a declutter but I’ve been slow to act. Let’s see if your gentle nudge helps me break through my inconsistent progress.🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

    To be continued on Thursday ...
    edited February 16
  • gettin_healthy_with_fibrogettin_healthy_with_fibro Member Posts: 14 Member Member Posts: 14 Member
    Anyone can add me. Im not sure how to add people.
  • beshamamabeshamama Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    So far with premium I’m enjoying the scan meal feature the best! It’s not 100% with guessing my food but pretty darn good!

    The plan feature is interesting but I wish it would let me do 2 plans at once. Like an exercise one and a food one. The one plan “ building healthy habits” I skimmed but realized I’m not eating nearly enough fruits and veggies. Also had a good article about recognizing hunger which I also am somehow bad at 🤣

    We’ll see if in a month if I think it’s worth it.
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 272 Member Member Posts: 272 Member
    Welcome @gettin_healthy_with_fibro! Feel free to post your goals and check in regularly to let us know how you’re doing! We’ll encourage you and help you stay accountable to your plan.

    @beshamama - I’m also eager to travel so I like the idea of visualizing bike trips around the world. So, now you can knit a sweater, while traveling the globe and burning calories. That’s definitely more multi-tasking than I’ll ever be able to do. Any exercise that burns calories, and doesn’t feel like exercise, sounds good to me. But, I can understand wanting to separate the two activities.

    Did you find any good options to replace your typical evening cocktail? I’ve never tried these but they look interesting:

    https://www.flueredrinks.com/cocktails/#

    @kiay131982’s suggestion of cutting back is good. I’d probably start with a ‘spritzer’ to reduce the calories but, as long as you budget for them, it will work. In the end, it’s a trade off, I guess, and I’ll usually choose something sweet. My culprit seems to be the creamer in my coffee. It’s more fat than it’s worth to me but I haven’t been able to give it up yet. We’ll just keep trying until we find the right path forward!

    Does the meal scanner capture the data from a photo? If so, that sounds interesting. I guess different features cost extra? 🤨 I definitely think it would be good to have access to nutrition AND exercise features. Thanks so much for sharing your insights on the Premium version of MFP. I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts at the end of the month.
    edited February 17
  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 202 Member Member Posts: 202 Member
    Morning! @PatriceFitnessPal I LOVE a good declutter!!! We did some minimilist challenges a couple of years ago when we went plastic free and then tried to make other changes to go low impact... One of the ones that really made a change for us was when we took a month, and on the 1st of the month we had to toss/donate/sell one item, on the 2nd is two items, 3rd its three items.... Even if that is popping it in a box in the boot of your car to take to a charity shop when its full. And so on throughout the month. We did it in a July so by the last day it was 31 items to go!!! It meant by the end of the month we had gotten rid of more than 500 things and as we did it slowly like that, we really got the bug for it! I might actually do it again when covid restrictions are lifted!!

    @beshama the plans are the reason I have been tempted to sign up in the past to premium.. So do let us know how it goes!!!

    The weather here is absolutely dire! The rain is streaming down my windows and I am due to run today.... Not sure if that will happen!!!
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 272 Member Member Posts: 272 Member
    Here’s an update on my weekly goals:

    Stats: Female 5’4” (~162.5 cm); 133 (~60.5 kg); Age 54
    SW: 165 (Actually 168 but started MFP at 165)
    CW: 133 (but fluctuating between 133-135)
    GW: 125 (with maintenance between 125-130)

    (1) PT twice a week and PT home exercises at least 2 out of the other 5 days. ✅ (Partial PT exercise sets 3 days, which was about equal to 2 full ‘homework’ series)
    (2) Personal trainer twice and add yoga class 2 days - ✅ (Thurs. & Sat) and ✅ (Wed. & Sat.)
    (3) Continue Zumba classes on Sunday ✅ (but no bonus walk with a friend as hoped due to nasty weather)
    (4) Accomplish at least 2 professional goals ✅❌ (Accomplished one goal & half completed another)
    (5) Pack up at least 2 boxes to donate and plan the actual drop off ❌✅ (Packed 1 box and added drop off plan to my calendar for next week after coordinating with donation recipients).

    Overall, it was a good week but I’m feeling some stress from a busy work schedule and deadlines. So, I’ll need to build in some de-stressor goals when planning for the coming week. I’m going to give it some thought and post them tomorrow.

    @kiay131982 - I ❤️ LOVE ❤️ your decluttering challenge. I’m going to work that idea in to my upcoming goals, too. Thanks for taking the time to describe the process. It’s perfect!! 🤩

    I stayed within my calorie goal 6 of 7 days and had a deficit of about 700 calories for the week with decent macro-nutrient balance (55% carbs, 18% protein, 27% fat). I’d like to increase my protein intake and reduce the fat but those results are fine, since I didn’t set any intentional goals or pay much attention to the balance this week.

    I hope everyone is finding some success or learning and adapting, as needed, to reach your goals! Let us know how you’re doing and ... go get those goals!
    edited February 18
  • beshamamabeshamama Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    We got our puppy today! Big dog(Snoopy) loves her and is so good to her! Her name is Coco.

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  • MissNicolioliMissNicolioli Member Posts: 34 Member Member Posts: 34 Member
    Hey all, I just posted this in my own thread before I saw this one, my bad! All the posts here seem so encouraging, so I hope my double posting isn't too annoying. I'm nervous to put myself out here, but I'm looking for something I've never had before on previous attempts to lose - community.

    I've been on and off diets forever, but mostly I've kept to myself about it. I'd share my successes with my family, tell them when I'd lost ten pounds or whatever, but never when I'd fallen off or when I was struggling. I've learned that keeping those struggles quiet has made it easier to fail, to cave to cravings or feelings of hopelessness because of slow progress.

    This time I'm looking for some people who are invested in my journey with me and who I don't want to disappoint. To that end, I'm going to commit myself to posting a status every day on my page. Probably usually short, just grading myself on the day or posting whatever is on my mind. But I'd love a group of people who will give me encouragement or tough love when I need it, and I'd really like to hear about others stories and struggles.

    Is anyone interested in adding me as a friend?
  • PatriceFitnessPalPatriceFitnessPal Member Posts: 272 Member Member Posts: 272 Member
    @nicolefaas5031 - Welcome! It is scary to put our whole self forward, instead of just our ‘best’ self or ‘good’ side, and I’m still working on reaching out for help from others when I need it. I agree that a having a community can boost success as we learn ways to push through the tough times by using strategies that worked well for others, etc. It’s good to have you here! Do you have one or two short-term goals you’re working on to get you to your ultimate vision of success for you?

    @beshamama - What a beautiful family!! ... and Snoopy looks so sweet on Coco. I love it. Thanks for sharing the photo and bringing such love and energy to the group.
  • MissNicolioliMissNicolioli Member Posts: 34 Member Member Posts: 34 Member
    @nicolefaas5031 - Welcome! It is scary to put our whole self forward, instead of just our ‘best’ self or ‘good’ side, and I’m still working on reaching out for help from others when I need it. I agree that a having a community can boost success as we learn ways to push through the tough times by using strategies that worked well for others, etc. It’s good to have you here! Do you have one or two short-term goals you’re working on to get you to your ultimate vision of success for you?

    Thank you so much! I appreciate it, it's very nice to relate to others. Even though I know my feelings aren't uncommon, it's still so encouraging to hear that other people relate so well.

    My little goal is to get a good streak without binging.

    My big-little goal is to lose 50 pounds before my birthday in September. I've never stuck to good habits for that long so it will be a major milestone for me!
  • kiay131982kiay131982 Member Posts: 202 Member Member Posts: 202 Member
    @beshamama congratulations!!!! So sweet...lots of fun coming your way!!! :)

    @MissNicolioli welcome!!! This is an incredibly positive and supportive group :) How are you monitoring your little goal? Have you defined a binge for yourself? I definitely have days where I want to eat more, I find if I really make sure I track as I eat then I can see how much I'm eating and that often slows me down :)

    @PatriceFitnessPal I really need to get back into macro tracking.. it helps so much!!

    This week has been harder than I thought. Its half term and I kind of thought a week without homeschooling would be easier...but actually the weather has been terrible so we have done more milling about and so it doesn't feel like it has been very productive! Its our online games night with our friends tonight so no doubt I will drink some wine, eat some snacks..and then hate the scales tomorrow!! :smiley:
  • beshamamabeshamama Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    I’m in a Biggest Loser Challenge group on here. Today was my weigh in and I lost 2 pounds! I keep yo-yoing between 171 and 169 but I’m hoping this time since I’m really committed to trying to do better that the scale will continue to go down.

    I didn’t exercise at all yesterday I didn’t get much sleep the night before having a new puppy is like having a newborn 🤣 I’m hoping to do some today.
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