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The Sassy Spinster

I started graduate school in September the thinnest I'd been in years. It was a time of new beginnings. I was excited and nervous and feeling great. And then things didn't quite go as expected. By the end of the first semester, I had gained more than twenty pounds. Twenty pounds in three months! Most of this was due to the gradual addition of empty calories and fatty foods, trying to fill up my heart through my stomach. I cut out my daily ice cream fix, and stopped keeping food in the house ...
I started graduate school in September the thinnest I'd been in years. It was a time of new beginnings. I was excited and nervous and feeling great. And then things didn't quite go as expected. By the end of the first semester, I had gained more than twenty pounds. Twenty pounds in three months! Most of this was due to the gradual addition of empty calories and fatty foods, trying to fill up my heart through my stomach. I cut out my daily ice cream fix, and stopped keeping food in the house that I knew I would binge on (which is tough because I will binge on pretty much anything), and making my study time count by going to the library where I won't graze mindlessly. I also decided to take advantage of the free gym membership I have through my school. That, more than anything, has helped so much. I walk A LOT every day, but the act of going to the gym, of carving out that time during the day that is especially devoted to my health and wellness, changed the way I thought about food. I'm seeing food as fuel again, not as a way to fill time. Of course, I do still want sweets. Sometimes I give in, like today when the craving for a Cadbury Creme Egg overtook me and I wouldn't rest until I was eating one. But most days I can say no. I can remind myself that the cake or ice cream or cookie or... will still be there tomorrow, on the shelf instead of on my thighs. This is a tough goal for me, it feels like it's a long road ahead, but I'm looking ahead to when I meet it and how amazing I'm going to feel.
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Member Since: 8/1/2007

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135: new sneakers (Nike flex, maybe?)
REACHED! 2/11/11

130: makeup from Sephora, especially Hellbent lipstick by Kat Von D.

125: haircut! At a fancy place! And maybe a pedicure!

120: GOAL! Use the $100 Macy's gift card I got for Christmas and get new clothes! (No new clothes until then!)

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Cardio: treadmill, running until I need to stop, then walking at a 12% incline until I reach 30 minutes (if people are waiting) or 45 minutes. Aiming for 5 days/week, every day I don't have class.

Strength: following fitness program in Glamour magazine at home. At least 3x week.

Stretching: Every morning, begin day with stretching. Especially with my cardio routine, my joints feel tight.

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LONGWINDINRD
2/12/2011 11:57:13 PM

I look forward to your books. (Please say they aren't trade related.)



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ERINSBIGSISTER
2/12/2011 11:43:08 PM

I think it's saying something that we come back here when we need to get ourselves back under control. I was in Borders tonight (huge clearance sale) and they had all these fitness/food trackers, etc. on sale...was so tempted and then I thought, "I have everything I need at HOME." This is what worked for me before and I just need to do it again. Really glad to see you're back, too!



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ERINSBIGSISTER
8/21/2008 1:22:11 PM

Totally...Let's do it! (Though I swear I worked those pancakes off!)



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NICHOLEHAYES
12/9/2007 11:32:59 AM

give me until the end of this week and i'm game for a fresh start!!!!!!!! good for you though, being so motivated at this time of year. its tough.



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NICHOLEHAYES
9/30/2007 12:17:34 PM

i hope you made millions at the yarn shop!



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