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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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My Goals:
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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NICHOLEHAYES
9/21/2007 12:58:35 PM

10 pounds. you rock, marlena!



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NICHOLEHAYES
9/16/2007 2:32:51 PM

i made a great vegetarian chili today. black beans, kidney beans, tomatos, harvest veggie (imitation hamburg), peppers, chili spices, onion...so good, and so comforting in this chilly weather.



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NICHOLEHAYES
9/15/2007 8:24:19 PM

how's your zoo this weekend?



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ERINSBIGSISTER
9/14/2007 9:35:11 PM

Wow! Check out that weight loss ticker! I bet you can really see the difference now. :)



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NICHOLEHAYES
9/7/2007 7:52:08 PM

so, looks as though you got your peanut butter, and also had very few calories today!!! you go girl, you're kickin' butt!



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