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The stress...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Today was a day completely full of stress and tense situations. I was hoping it would all be over, but today is going to be just as stressful! I wasn't able to make it to the gym yesterday and so instead of my usual net calories of 1200-1500, I had a net of 1850! But I guess that was alright, considering the scale went down this morning!

I am hoping that I can make today work as well. It's hard when life drags us through the mud and then expects us to make it through? Great...I just had to take a break from typing this blog. It's already starting again. I just took a phone call and now I need to call the other side and....it sucks being in the middle. You have the people on one side mad at the people on the other side and taking it out on YOU!

One side was understanding yesterday but apparently when sleeping on it decided they were much angrier that they realized. So now my heart is beating a little faster than before. Lord, PLEASE help me through today.

Just a quick add-on to explain why I can't leave the situation. I am very much involved in what's going on. I wasn't there for the actual event, so I can't have an opinion of what happened either way, which is why I'm in the middle. But I am very much involved with both sides, especially to make sure no one is hurt. There are some emotions as well as lives involved! It sounds cheesy to say it's a "life and death" situation, but it really is.

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CGEHRET 6/20/2008 10:57PM

I hope you have the courage to follow Rena's advice. If it is a problem between them, tell them to work it out because you are stressing over them & you can't fix what's not yours to fix. I'm praying for you. Keep your distance from them & pray for them.

Comment edited on: 6/20/2008 10:55:27 PM

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RENA1965 6/20/2008 2:32PM

    Hi amber,
If people are fighting around you, ask them politely not to involve you. Just tell them politely to act like adults and get off their own hands solve their own problems plus deliver their messages..

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I've been bad...

Monday, June 16, 2008

I just realized I haven't posted a new blog in a very long time!

Nothing to really update though.... I'm still plowing my way through. It's a little discouraging now that the weight comes off at a snail's pace. It was much more fun when I'd see the scale slowly sliding down each day. Now I hop on and hope for the best!

I have way less energy than I used to. I don't really know why, but I can't burn as many calories as I used to. I know part of it is because I really wasn't burning as much as I thought I was, since I was going off of the machine's calculations. But mostly, I just can't do the power sessions I used to do. I had to increase my calories a little bit, because I've been feeling weak.

I also have a hard time getting in enough protein, since I do not eat meat very often. It's not something I plan to add either. So I sat here for awhile and reworked my week's meals so that I could at least reach the bottom of my protein range each day.

I"ll post another blog when I have more to say!

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    Amber, I had the same problem! I am not sure what your menu looks like. But I found that I needed to add more fiber and to lay off some of the dairy. Cheese and milk slow your digestion down and of course this slows your body's ability to convert food to energy. I switched to soy milk as well as cut back my cheese to just cottage cheese. I have yogurt only occasionally now and it really made a difference.

Are you getting enough sleep?? With all the weight training and cardio your body needs the time to repair, so make sure you are getting minimum 7.5 beauty rest...

If you need some protein sources, I recommend:

- Morning Star sausages (veggie) - totally yummy- I miss them, I can't get them here in Germany.
- Designers Whey protein powder (excellent for rebuilding muscles!)
- If you must have yogurt - buy non fat FAGE or the TJs knock off and add Vanilla extract and some Stevia and your favorite fruit. Thick deicious and a shot of protein.
- Egg white omelets! With Spinach (and the sausages from above!) on a lo-carb tortilla.
- If you like tuna, throw half a can on a salad.
That's all I can remember. I haven't lived in the US for a few years but these are things I ate all the time and I miss them! Good luck!

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READY4LIVE 6/17/2008 6:54PM

    Hi Amber, I sent ya a message before reliezing you posted this blog.

I can understand that would being frustrating (losing slow). When I lost that 75lbs before, it certainly took a lot of effort to see a little budge on the scale. From what I found that is common, when you've got a lot of weight to lose if flys off ya (well except me...lol) But I've heard the closer to goal the harder it is to obtain it. It could be that your body is used to a certain routine whether it's working out or dieting. So maybe you could try switching up your routine a little.... just a suggestion...

I hope things are looking up, and more energy, and down on the scale of course emoticon

Don't worry sweetie... you'll get there! emoticon

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New Name

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

So I've had the name "kozeraag" for quite some time. The only reason I used it as my user name was because that was my e-mail address. Well, I've since changed my e-mail address and the name lost a lot of meaning for me.

Since I'm not very original, I just made my username my first name and my birthday. This will probably also help when people are trying to refer to me on the message boards and they don't know my name. They won't have to type out "kozeraag" they can just see that I am Amber. =)

I don't know why I'm really announcing this, I just don't want people to get confused I guess!


Sometimes I have these days...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Sometimes I have those days where I think I could burn a million calories. I spend hours at the gym and I feel energized and refreshed all at the same time.

Today, was not one of those days. Today was one of those days where I had to DRAG myself to the gym. Then at the gym I had to keep convincing myself to stay. I've only burned 250 calories today. My goal is 450, which if I burn 200 tonight at the gym with my husband I'll do it.

So while I pretty much know I'll meet my goal, I'm still bummed. I don't feel well. I feel like I have ZERO energy and I'm actually feeling a little nauseous.

Some of you know I'm TTC (trying to conceive). TOM was absent last month and hasn't come so far this month. I've taken a million tests, all are negative. My husband and I are still attempting to apply for health insurance. The process is slow because I just want to fill out some dang paper work. I do NOT want to talk to someone on the phone. I also would like to be able to afford it! But that's a different story... lol

I hope everyone else is having a fantastic day. I hope you're getting out and being active. =)


Leaving the community team

Thursday, May 22, 2008

So I've found myself perpetually busy and never having enough time to really do the things I'm supposed to do while being on the Community Team. I basically had to throw in the towel, or wave the white flag, whichever cliche you like best.

It's really not that much stuff, but I noticed I really dreaded having to do some of the things. So much so that I was avoiding doing them and then I felt bad for not really participating!

It's actually been awhile since I've welcomed any new members to the site. I've met a few awesome people while doing so. And I'll probably still do it from time to time. In fact, I might do it more often now that I don't feel obligated to do so.

If you have no idea what I'm babbling about, it's ok. I rarely know what I'm babbling about either!

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BKP4166 5/23/2008 1:55AM

    Amber...I know exactly what you are talking about and it's something I'm thinking about...I need to spend more time on my teams and greet all the new members there. Our Oregon team is growing and I feel more commitment to them...so I may be right behind you. emoticon

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