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Catherine's SparkPage: A New ME in 2009!
6/16/09: 3 months later, and I am back! It's been a rough spring. I was working a second job for some time, and have since quit. I moved in with my BF, and thus my bills have been reduced quite significantly, so I quit the second job. Benefits: 1. my BF around more often 2. a big german shepherd to cuddle 3. can concentrate on my priorities which include a. finishing school and b. LOSING THIS WEIGHT! I managed to drop about another 5-7 pounds since march. I can't complain...I am lucky for ...
6/16/09: 3 months later, and I am back! It's been a rough spring. I was working a second job for some time, and have since quit. I moved in with my BF, and thus my bills have been reduced quite significantly, so I quit the second job. Benefits: 1. my BF around more often 2. a big german shepherd to cuddle 3. can concentrate on my priorities which include a. finishing school and b. LOSING THIS WEIGHT! I managed to drop about another 5-7 pounds since march. I can't complain...I am lucky for that given my workout routines were not as consistent (I sometimes went a week or longer without it) and my eating almost spiraled out of control. So...with a reset of motivation and a will to continue my hard work for great results...I AM BACK!
3/12/09: I REACHED A GOAL! I have fit into my favorite pants again! This means I am almost back to my lowest weight ever in my adult life. Now is the tricky part...getting below that weight and into the healthy weight range, and not to mention maintaining it! I can't remember ever weighing less than I do now. I weigh myself this Sunday, so I will have an update on that soon. As of last week, I was standing still at my 2/24/09 report (179 lbs). Maybe soon I will post some pics of me at my highest weights, and one at my current weight, so that we can all see how I have fared. Let's hope I can keep up this motivation...I feel it dwindling more and more every day. Keep me motivated, sparkers! You rock!
2/24/09: Hey gang! Long time, no write! I slipped this last month and a half...started a second job to pay the bills, began spending more nights with the BF at his place (that lacks internet access), left my spark people behind, started dwindling with the gym. But I have not given up! I have kept my goals in mind during this chaos, started attending fitness classes that push my endurance, and continued choosing healthy foods (but not all the time). Although my weight loss has been less pronounced since my last writing, I did lose another 8 pounds, and lost 4% body fat! Yay! I can not complain! AND...now I am back and ready to keep going!
1/6/09: OK. So as I write this, I can not say that I have subscribed whole-heartedly to my goals and aspirations. But I can say this much: I have lost almost 10 pounds in the past month, have added a regular strength training program into my gym routines, and have continued to jog/walk my way to a 5k. I do not plan to be a perfect specimen of health, fitness, and commitment within a month. However, I have realized my downfalls, and am ready to commit to changing those habits. Being more conscious of these habits have shown me just how bad it was when I wasn't paying attention to them. Do you know how many McFlurries and soft-serve ice-creams I had over Summer 2008? I am so ashamed that I can't even tell you :-) I plan to lose another 10 pounds by February 2009. All the fantastic spark people who have communicated with me over the past month have given me the strength to keep pushing forward, even in light of my mistakes and ease with which I give in to temptation. Acceptance and understanding are the first steps to success, and I will persevere and make it another month, with goals met and accomplishments...well, accomplished :-) My next month's goals:
* Lose 10 pounds
*Jog walk a treadmill 5K three times a week
* Strength train at least three times a week consistently
* Punch temptation in the face once a day with a motivating self-talk (let's face it, we are presented with temptations WAY more than once a day, so if I succeed with one temptation, I am on my way to pushing through them all!)
12/19/08: Woo Hoo! Two weeks in! I have had my share of treats, particularly in the booze department, but I am still doing great! I have been counting my calories like a good girl, going to the gym almost every weekday, and started a new strength training program. It is from the link located in the Other Information box on my page. I have tweaked some of the exercises, but for the most part I am following it. I can already tell a difference! My arms feel less saggy, my pants are fitting a little looser, I am sleeping better at night, and waking up without that drowsy feeling. I am motivated at work as well as with my health plan. The spark teams and spark pages are definitely helping. Without the community, I doubt I would have as much motivation. The successes of others and their positive attitudes have made me realize that this really is a life plan, not just a quick fix to feeling poorly. I am actually looking back at myself for real in the mirror! Not just glimpsing at it to make sure I don't have an errant booger or that my pants are unzipped :-P I have yet to weigh myself. Since this is a long-term life-style change, I am going to weigh myself once a month (although the treadmill thinks I lost ten pounds). On January 5th, you can expect an update on my weight and measurements. Yay SparkPeople! What would I do without you!
12/12/08: One week in! I have started following the SparkPeople generated diet plan, and tweaking it to make it a vegan-strict diet. So far so good! I am amazed at how full the meals make me, and sometimes I can forego a food at meal time, and save it as a snack for later! I have heard that it is best for people to eat small meals, but more often through the day, rather than scarf down a huge meal 3 times a day. When you eat nutritious foods, apparently one can REALLY feel full and satisfied with a smaller meal. I also have kept up with my fitness plans: strength training 3 times a week, and cardio at least 3 times a week. I have been able to jog for 10 minutes before I need a recovery 2 minute walk (that recovery walk is very important to me, and I don't think I will ever give that up!), and then continue jogging for at least 5 minutes before the next recovery. I hope to be able to make a 5K on the treadmill soon, but for now I am starting slow so I don't get distraught or disappointed because it's too hard. I've made that mistake in the past, and I want to keep my motivation high for my first few weeks on my life-changing plan!
12/05/08: Hi! My name is Catherine, and I am somewhat new to SparkPeople. I have used this website before, but fell off the wagon as many do. I am returning with determination, but require motivation to get me through. I hope other SparkPeople will help me out, and I anticipate to provide the same to others! Good luck on our journeys!
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Member Since: 12/5/2008
Fitness Minutes: 3,619
~ Lose enough weight to bring me into a 'normal' weight range, and get me out of the border-line obese weight range
~ Become fit enough to run a 5K on pavement, not just on a treadmill!
~ Feel comfortable in a halter bathing top THIS SUMMER!
~ Strict vegan diet
~ NO sweets
~ Jog/walk at least 3 times a week
~ Follow the SparkPeople Strength Training generator 3 times a week
~ Eat more veggies and fruits
~ FIND MOTIVATION EVERY DAY!!