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Plateauville! Never giving up...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Months and months and months of being the same weight I was running out of ideas. I've tracked and stayed in different ranges (between in the sparkpeoples suggested low and high). I've done strength training and cardio, zumba, 21 day Fix, Supreme 90, walking a few miles everyday, my bike, elliptical... still sitting at exactly the same weight I was months ago.


So my husband asked me what I did to lose the weight the last time. It was racquetball! We used to play for a few hours a day.... 6+ hours a week. I loved it. I enjoyed it. It wasn't work. It was fun!

But the closest courts are 25 minutes away and I already have a gym membership to a local gym (that I rarely go to!).

He came home Monday and said, "We are going to the racquetball courts and signing up. We aren't waiting til the other gym ends its one year contract, and I don't care that it takes 25 minutes to get there. We are going!"

So we went and signed up and played for the first time in 2 years. Wow! I was pooped!

This is it. I can feel it. This is what is going to make me happy and get me past this plateau.

My advice....Never ever quit trying. If something isn't working there are hundreds of different things you can try.

If I'm wrong and I'm still stuck at this weight then I will try adding something else.

It's hard. I've shed many tears at my feeling of failure. Questioning why I have bothered trying for so long and so hard. But my amazing husband is my support, as are two amazing spark friends. I'm reminded of why I began this journey and that I never want to climb up to an even unhealthier weight.

I visited Plateauville for a few months now, far too long. I'm ready to pack my bags and get out of here!!

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KIBAISREADY 8/14/2014 12:59AM

    Yep keep at it girl! emoticon emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/12/2014 9:59PM

    Keep pushing, you'll reach your goal!!:)

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DEB62BIE62 8/12/2014 7:52PM

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POSITIVEHOPE 8/12/2014 4:18PM

    So awesome. Your DH deserves a great big hug. What a wonderful supportive guy. He is a gem. Enjoy your games with him and use the travel time to talk and connect to each other.

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Plan, Measure, Prep, Record....

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Monday to Friday last week I preplanned all my meals and recorded everything in Spark. I ate breakfast, lunch and dinner with 3 snacks. I kept my calories within range (mostly in the lower range everyday!) and I loved having my days flow so easily! It took a lot of time in the kitchen prepping every night but my awesome husband has been helping me so it goes quicker.

Monday this week went great. I had all my meals ready to go for today on Sunday night. I didn't have to track anything during the day because it was all done ahead of time. Tonight I prepped and recorded the next two days and hopefully soon I'll be able to do most of the week ahead of time to cut down on the time I spend in the kitchen every night.

I've been stuck at my current weight for over 3 months. I've done so many different things to try to get past this plautea and nothing has been working. Then I got anger with my results and stopped tracking like I should. I was annoyed with how hard it was to make a salad with a toddler clinging to me when I'd rather be giving her attention. With this new planning ahead I can spend all day with her and not have to hurry to make food that's probably not healthy. I don't have to think about my calories or if I'm over. It's hard work but I'm hoping to see results again since I'm back to the basics.

Now I just need to add more workout time!!

I did hammer curls with a 15# weight for the first time last night. I had been using my 10s. Well I was able to do 1 set of 10 and then 2 sets of 6. Way better than I thought I could do! My goal over the next few weeks is to increase my reps until the 15s feel comfortable. Then I'll have to go shopping for some 20#s!

Never give up. Keep trying new things until you find what works. That's what I'm living by!

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KIBAISREADY 8/5/2014 6:12PM

    Keep at it girlie! emoticon emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/5/2014 9:51AM

    Great job Aimee!! You are planning things out and I'm sure you'll see the results you want!! emoticon

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The BLC is almost over and this round has been a huge disappointment for me. I've learned a lot about myself though. I've overcome some issues with anxiety and depression creeping up. I was sad. I was mad. I just wasn't very happy. Didn't help I was stuck at home with cabin fever from lack of a vehicle for two weeks! But before those two weeks were up I realized I needed to change. I needed something new. I needed to push myself to get back into trying harder.

I learned that it doesn't do me any good to say, "I should just quit this isn't working!" I've tried different calorie ranges, different workouts, adding extra walks, being more active at home and still can't lose a pound. But I realized in the past few weeks that I need to keep trying. This happened last time I lost weight before I got pregnant. I hit a plateau at EXACTLY the same weight and I had to push myself beyond what I was doing and just keep killing it until my body caught up to the work I was putting in. I used to play racquetball for 6+ hours a week, PLUS do a workout and take walks. So of course I'm not going to lose weight doing 30 minutes workouts. I don't have it easy. Some of my friends can take a 20 minute walk everyday and drop 5 pounds. I can't. I need to find my balance and just keep pushing.

Over the next few weeks while the BLC is on break I'm going to keep finding that balance that pushes me past this awful number. I'm going to keep looking on the bright side and focus on measurements and commitment rather than the scale. And I'm going to continue my steak of having all dishes done and my kitchen clean at all times. My husband and I have had a clean kitchen free of clutter and dishes for 3.5 weeks! yay!

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KCSMOM9 7/22/2014 11:08AM

    Don't get discouraged Aimee. You can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Fluffed up!

Friday, July 11, 2014

I'm bad. I gained a few pounds. Can't blame it on anything, anybody, but myself. I keep trying to pick my head up but it wasn't working. I bought the wrong foods, half-heartedly did my workouts and just tried to skate by.

No more! No more adding fluff to my gut! I can't take a break from this. This is life. Even if the scale isn't showing my hard work, and it's depressing, I can't give up on trying. I just need to find something different.

So this "different" rolled in. My husband said he mapped us a 5k and he ordered me a new sports bra (one of my many excuses why I couldn't workout well) and he said he wanted to start trying to lower our time. Score! Competition against myself and my time! I'm game!

My bra fit perfectly! It's amazing. I have a big chest, but not big ladies.... if that makes sense, and therefor I had the hardest time finding something in my size. Most bra companies don't even carry a large number with a small letter. But my amazing husband found one and he did great! I'm even going to order a few more!

Enough about my lady bits though... onto the 5k!

We did our 5k today. The sidewalks were rough trying to push Olivia in the jogging stroller. We had to walk a few times when we could have ran. We did run as much as we could though on the flat areas. I didn't time any of the running parts. We would just say, "ok, run to that blue house, go!" and then we would get to that house and every time I would try to push myself at least one or two houses further. I did the 5k in 50 minutes and 40 seconds. Awesome! Way better than I though! Next goal is to get it under 50 minutes! EASY!!! I can totally shave 41 seconds off!

Our plan is to do that specific route once a week. Since the terrain isn't flat the whole way we figured this was the best way to judge how well our progress is. The other days we can map out different 5ks or less or more... but every week we will return to this loop and check how we do!

I'm excited! Let the game against my self begin! (and let the scale show that this girl means business!!)

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NOTGVGUP83 7/11/2014 2:02PM

    your hubby is so sweet. Keep on pushing girl you're doing great just dont give up!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

I'll have more pictures later. Here's one:

It was my first one. It was almost all in the woods and very muddy. A huge complaint among everybody. The runners had a hard time running and sometimes we would have to single file around a huge mud pit. They even had one spot where a worker stood there and warned people that the hill was steep and slippery. We saw at least 3 people end up falling in the mud. I almost lost my shoe on numerous occasions. BUT! It was still fun. I didn't run much but I'm happy to say I ran some! I didn't plan on running at all. Once we got to the pavement I told my husband I would run in bursts. We would pick a cone or other landmark to run to and I made it every time. I think I only got in 4-5 bursts of quick running but I'm proud of that! My time was 57 minutes which I'm happy with since we walked slowly up and down muddy hills most of it!!


I've had a very rough past few weeks. I somehow got into a slump and was just going downhill fast. I was crying almost everyday, very emotional and depressed. I tried really really hard to find the underlying cause of what was going on and I found a few things that I am working on and are making a huge difference. One of them being my depression was causing me to be lazy, especially with housework, and just being in my house made me more depressed. I hate my apartment and it isn't a "home" to me. I started looking at new apartments and that was just blah. So I decided that I'm not going to be blessed with somebody better than I have no if I don't take care of what I have now. I started really scrubbing and deep cleaning things and getting back on track with laundry and dishes. My living room is almost clutter free except for a pile of things in the corner that below to other people and need to be delivered. My dishes have been done everyday for about 5 days. My stove is sparkling clean (that took almost 2 hours!! It was awful!) I'm feeling much better. I'm going to buy some decorations to make things nicer. Right now we have bare necessities and I need to start making the best of it. I think if my place was more pleasing to my eye I wouldn't hate it quite as much! Oh and my mom gave me a plant that looks real and it's not! So I have a great decoration and I can't kill it! yay!!

I'm paying better attention to my diet this week too. I made a list of meals for dinner so we quit going out to eat or ordering. With my kitchen being clean, having to do dishes isn't an excuse for being lazy and eating out. It's nice making dinner in a clean kitchen with counter space!

The 5k really inspired me to get healthier. I want to go next year and look at my pictures this year and see how far I've come. I caught a shirt they threw out into the crowd and got home and realized it's a size S. Ha. The one I ordered for the day was a mens 2X. Next year I will be in a smaller size and not feel so horrible having to be in the line for the 2X while my husband is swimming in a medium!

This week I'm going to focus on eating healthier and more water! I'm going to get back into a training program instead of being bored trying to find some way to move my body everyday. Olivia loves music and dancing now so I've been working out and dancing with her everyday. And when she takes her bath I've been doing squats and various ST movements (anything I can do that doesn't take my eyes off her!)

So.... in summary.... I'm back. I'm fierce. I will beat this plateau that has me chewing my nails and wanting to scream. I ready to love doing this again!

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KIBAISREADY 6/29/2014 7:53PM

    Alright now Aimee! Get it girlie! emoticon emoticon emoticon It look so fun with all the paint and stuff! emoticon

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KCSMOM9 6/29/2014 9:31AM

    I hope things are looking up for you Aimee. Great job with the 5K! My 1st was also very muddy and hilly. Keep it up! emoticon

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FITWITHIN 6/29/2014 4:21AM

    Congratulations on your Run or Dye 5k. I'm sorry that you been having a rough time. Hopefully these up and coming weeks will be better for you. Keep up the great work on your journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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