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Thursday, June 28, 2012

So I have been wavering around this weight for almost a month. I was about 167 at the end of May and have roller coastered since then. To lose weight, I have to drastically change my diet and that works for a few day but then I succumb to sweet temptations (in the form of carbohydrates) and then the extra food/salt/water intake has me all bloated and puffy.

I just don't know how to push through..... It's frustrating because I am so close (well about 14 lbs) from my college weight before I met my current boyfriend. I really want to get there by the end of July.... :-/

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    Thanks for the support and suggestions! I will do better on these! Thank you!

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NAIRAHMAN 7/2/2012 11:05AM

    I have an interesting article for you to read - thanks to @MyJourney95 in regards to cravings...


Maybe try some of these suggestions?

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JUSTYNA7 7/1/2012 9:51PM

    I agree with Sasikhasi1 - lots of fiber, more filling foods so you are not hungry. Salads and proteins. If the drastic plan is only temporary is it worth it? As for the sweets... that is a dragon you are going to have to walk on your own. For me I try to not have temptation in the house, don't have "change" for vending machines or drive throughs. It is amazing when you say "no" out loud how that can work. When you reward yourself in other ways or distract yourself how that can help. It seems like you have found a real issue here to think about or plan for. Congratulations for that That said, there are more options now for portioned treats that are just 100 calories so you don't get a whole bag or more than you need. It does help me to realize that normal people only eat small portions. I want to be normal! Does not work for me so I am better off just avoiding the stuff... but it may be the answer for others. . So... what is your plan? When is it that you give in? For me I know I cannot diet or the sabatoge monster comes into play. But I have instead agreed to myself to eat healthy and slowly given up small things. Less butter. Less white.

Then the

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DFOLKARD 7/1/2012 5:50AM

    I m right there with you "literally".

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WHITEWOLVE5555 6/29/2012 7:35PM

    I, like each of us, have been stuck too. I've been at 164-165 for the last month. I just started seeing some reduction about 3 days ago, and now it seems to be coming off faster. Your body will do this on its own. Just change things up a little. Change what you use, and track for a couple of days if you don't normally. The only thing I've changed over the last month was a week ago, I started taking a multivitamin, and eating more protein (I'm a vegetarian and lack in protein everyday). Since I made those changes I've dropped to 162. 2 lpounds change in a week when I've seen nothing for a month. It will get better, just maybe see if you are lacking a nutriet and that might be why your body is fighting. Run the check at the end of the day, and see if you are getting enough protein fiber, etc.

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LARISSA238 6/29/2012 3:12PM

    I've been between 212 and 215 for a while now.. lowest I got was 211.5 pounds. *hugs* we can do this together! I just haven't been exercising like I should because it's so hot out. But that's no excuse... I could do some of the Spark Videos here at home.

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GRANDMABABA 6/28/2012 11:17PM

    I've done this for eons. But, when I look at the trends over years, it has been downward. That helps me when I am discouraged. Good luck!

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SASIKHASI1 6/28/2012 11:10PM

    Focus on whole grain and healthy foods, when the sweet tooth hits, have an apple or banana or a peach or some watermelon. You get the idea. Step up your workout. Walk an extra half mile or lift a few extra weights. Confusing your body will get you out of this plateau.

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KNITTINGNAN 6/28/2012 9:07PM

  I am fighting at the same weight as you, weighing 167 at night and 164 every morning, but can't get it down. On the other hand, I'm not disciplined at exercising and eating healthy. If I do...ok....if I don't....oh well, I'll try again tomorrow! Good luck to you.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/28/2012 9:02PM

    I've been roller coastering too... all year long and then some.

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Beer and Running

Monday, June 25, 2012

So I have been MIA this weekend because my boyfriend and friends were in town for the Bite of Bend and the Bend Beer Run.

So, naturally, they wanted to eat out for every meal and drink... a lot.

I figured for breakfast Saturday, I would have something lighter, but they wanted to go to a sports bar for breakfast (not my first choice, and I gave three other cheap options, but they didn't want to listen to the person who lives in the town and knows of places to eat) So I had an omlette (three whole eggs, no egg whites available) with veggies and no cheese. There was no fruit option, just hashbrowns or home fries ( little potato pieces). I only had a few of those and finished the veggie omlette. I had water to drink as everyone else had bloody mary-s.

Then there was a bump in the day when my awesome boss gave me free passes to the liquor tent area where you could sample different liquors like a wine tasting. I tried about 10 half ounces of tastings. Even bacon vodka... interesting flavor, but really good in a bloody mary.

For dinner, I had a glass of hard cider (sooooo tasty) and a dinner salad, but my boyfriend had a 4-cheese mac and cheese so I had a few bites of that.

Then came today (Sunday). I wanted to go on a early morning run, but I was very sleepy and told myself I would run later (which never actually happens :-) ). I had a light breakfast of toast with peanut butter and a fiber one bar.
The main event of the day was the 5K Beer Run, which at every mile, there were stops for beer. Bands were playing along the way, there was bean bag toss games, horseshoes, and cheeky shenanigans ensued. The beer was free flowing and I helped myself to a couple of glasses per stop. But in between the stops, I was running and had a personal PR for a mile in under 9 minutes (before beer, haha). This race was one of the most fun I have been in and a good time with my friends.

So I was a bit buzzed by the time the race was over and we went for lunch. Then it was alllllllll down hill from there. This is why I don't drink a whole lot or often. When I drink, I make bad food choices and today was no different. I had a turkey melt with pesto mayo, bacon and Parmesan sourdough bread, fries and a Pepsi. I felt full and a bit sick when I was done. As the day wears on and the buzz wears off, I didn't like the food decisions I made this weekend. I guess that is one of my biggest challenges is food around company.

So, yet again, I am pressing reset on my diet and exercise (I did manage to go to the gym and do a Bliss class and the elliptical on Saturday). And eat cleaner this week to get the toxins and bad stuff out of my system.

Hope all my challenge team mates had a great weekend and a great start to the week.

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LARISSA238 6/27/2012 3:24PM

    Sounds like you did the best you could. Don't beat yourself up for it, just get back on track and recover! I know you can do it!

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JUSTYNA7 6/25/2012 8:27AM

    Yup! I love hard DRY cider. It sounds like you made some really good choices. You didn't go off the deep end, you tried to keep moderation in mind. Kudos for having a fund weekend, getting out and socializing and walking and having some fun. You can get back into the routine you can control this week. That to me is what it is about... being able to get back to "business" instead of letting it all go. It is a learning curve too for being aware of possible choices. Protions are just as important as content. Have a good week.

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DFOLKARD 6/25/2012 6:35AM

    Life happens Liz. I dont know that I would have made any better choices myself. But I say again......Life happens and then you hit "reset", that's the possible reaction!

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No point to this one.. just felt like writing.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

emoticon hammer time.... :-) (I kinda always wanted to do that)

I am sitting in my living room watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix... oddly addicting, it is. Thankfully I have no compelling desire to much on popcorn or a bag of chips while watching.

There was a lot of drama in my life this last weekend (the kind where it didn't involve me, but the repercussions affect me.) I had three roommates when I left for the weekend and I came back to one. I hate drama and dramatic people. It's one of the many reasons that I didn't have roommates since freshman year of college.

Since dealing with that crap, I haven't really exercised or been to the gym. But I did today and I felt great again.

I bought new trail running shoes and started to break them in today and my toes hurt after two miles! Hopefully, they will be broken in at my next race (August).

Happy trails to you all!

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DFOLKARD 6/14/2012 2:41PM

    A great "no point" blog. Keep on keeping on Liz!

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Every time.

Friday, June 08, 2012

At least weekly (lately), I have let myself go and binged on crap food. Things like chips, or refined carbohydrates, or soda (but I do go for the calorie free kind, as if this is some kind of redemption). Then I don't do anything but eat. I totally feel guilty and in a bad mood. I think it's the weather too. It's been rainy lately here and I get down and depressed. I am so over this rain and ready for greater weather.

Another thing that I am worried about is that I am going over to see my boyfriend this weekend. He knows I am trying to lose weight and train for my next race, but he just eats whatever he wants and gives me grief for wanting to wake up early to run. "Do it later" he says. Yeah, I won't do it later. :-( I love living alone, so that I can do what I want, when I want (I guess that's the selfish side of me) . If I want to wake up at 5 to go to the gym; no one will hold me back but me.

I guess all I want out of this weekend (as far as weight is concerned) is that I want to lose weight (obviously), but I won't be disappointed if I just maintain.

Happy weekend to the rest of you!

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P0KERS0PH 6/11/2012 4:58PM

    You're BF needs to learn to be more supportive for sure.
I say if you wanna get up at 5am, then do it! Or even better, drag him out of bed to go with you! You can always go back to bed when you're done ;-) LOL.

Usually if I crave something I'm better off just having it. Get it out of my system and move on. I try to pick a smaller option if I can tho.

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DFOLKARD 6/11/2012 8:18AM

    Jeez John said it all, can I jump on him post and say Ditto?

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AMINO_WELLNESS 6/9/2012 4:32AM

    Hi Liz!

I completely agree! I enjoy living alone for the same reason that no one can tell me what to do and i can do what i want when i want. Maybe the BF needs to completely understand what ur getting into!

I know how you feel about crap eating! I get those cravings too when i just want lightly salted chips or even a McDonalds Cheesburger! My bigg thing lately has been Bagels and ham/cheese crossants! I know after we eat them we feel bad for doing it and well thats that! We just need to say okay thats done and move on! Then make a promise to ourselves that next time we will find something better to have instead!

I have found that if I find healthier alternatives to my bad cravings then i dont crave them as much! like i took soda pop (coke, pepsi etc) outta my diet in may 2011 and replaced it with Sparkling Water and then i cut up lemons and limes and add that for the extra flavor!

Stick with it and keep working at it! So i see you say you race?? what do you do....10K 5K running or bike racing??? sounds fun and a great way to get exercise! Keep at it!


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Holy Cow, it's June!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Well for the last 10 weeks, I trained for and completed my first half marathon. I seemed more tired on race day than I have before. It was fun, and very challenging but I am happy that I can complete 13 miles!

I may be a little crazy, but I signed up for another one in August. It's trail running mostly and a 800 foot elevation gain. No big deal, right? :-)

So since Sunday (5/27), I have been very loose with my diet and exercise. I told myself I would indulge a few days since my birthday was also coming up. I did indulge, and went all the way to today. My weight has ballooned up, but I am thinking it's bloated from the extra salt and water intake.

Now that we are in June, I have decided to start a-new to get back into my training mode for my next race. I lost 20 lbs training, hopefully I can loose as much (maybe a bit more) for this second one. I have set new goals for myself and ready to get back in the saddle.

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JUSTYNA7 6/7/2012 3:05PM

    Wow! I was thrilled when I did my first 5K. Not going to happen again soon but I still am enjoy seeing how other people challenge themselves. Nice to meet you, Justyna from the yellow BL team

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