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Climbing back on the wagon

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ok, first I stopped the excercising when my knees were bothering me, that was about a week ago. Then I stopped logging my calories. I know I have to, but I really just got tired of doing it. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get to a point where I can maintain a healthy weight without all this tracking...

For now its obvious that I can't!! It took me over a month to lose that 3.5 pounds and 1 week to gain them back. Aaaackkk!! I did try to watch what I ate, but I'm sure I ate more because I wasn't recording it.

So today I've done 40 minutes of indoor walking so far and I've tracked all my food. I stand by my decision to keep heading for the goal line, even though I've gotten side-tracked. My original goal of 140 by May '09 is beginnning to be not realistic anymore as time goes on. This makes me sad, but what would be worse is if I would continue to gain weight like I did this past week.

The one thing I'm hoping is that some of this weight this week is water weight. I think that's a good possibility because between yesterday and today I gained 1.5 pounds.

Anyways, here I go again..

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KKATZE 1/30/2009 1:07AM

    Hey there... I here you! Haven't been around much lately, but glad to see you're getting back on track.. I will so too after my work schedule will be better in Feb... I know, I keep making excuses with my work schedule, but I've been doing night shifts on the ICU with only 1 day off in 7 which has been kind of rough....
Best wishes to you, you know you can do it!

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30 day shred is shredding my knees

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Ok, I'm really trying not to make excuses, but struggling horribly with the level one of the 30 day shred. I can do it, but I hear my knees go "creeek" with each lunge and it scares me. I've done it 5 times and it's not getting any easier on my knees.

Jillian keeps saying "20 minutes of intense cardio, strength training and ab work....." takes the place of "hours of phoning it in at the gym". Now I don't use a gym, so I'm really not even sure what "phoning it in at the gym" means. I get that it's an intense series designed to cram a lot in a short amount of time, I've just decided for me it's not worth it. I'd rather spend more time and not feel like I'm jeopardizing my knees.

I'm going to stick with the 30 day boot camp plan-which I've also been following. I'm just going to do more stationary bike work or WATP video to make sure I meet my 30 minute cardio quota.

I've been doing Coach Nicoles 10 minute workouts too, and they don't hurt my knees like Jillian's does.

So I guess that's my review of the 30 day shred. Sounds like a good plan, and I was sure motivated to look like Jillian, but when I think about my quote
"no easy solutions, just painful trade-offs"- this painful trade-off isn't worth it for me! I'll get there... I'll lose more weight and get down to my goal, but I'm not going to kill myself.

My other thought was as I was doing this excruciating video.... there's no way in the world that I would keep this up after 30 days. I need to do something I can continue and keep up and this wasn't it!!!


Boot camp/30 day Shred starting point

Sunday, January 04, 2009

After 1 month of no loss, no gain (thank goodness), I'm READY to get down to business.
Here's my info:
Original SW in July 08: 178.5
Current weight 1/4/9: 161
Current measurements: 41-34-42.5

I feel like at least until December I was doing pretty good with my New Years Weight Loss Challenge group and was losing 3-4 pounds a month, so I'm going to set my [optimistic, highly motivated because of the New Year] goal at 5 pounds or 156 by Jan 31. Ultimately my goal was 140 by May, then re-eval. I'm just a little above my weight loss goal line on the graph, but it's still doable, so I just need to kick it up a notch.

Oh and did I mention my goal is to follow both the boot camp and the 30 day Jillian Michaels Shred plan? I'm on day 2 of both and I'm FEELING IT!

Here's my starting pics:

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STARLITRIOT 1/4/2009 10:26PM

    i'm doing the same thing! sometimes i think i'm absolutely crazy for doing it. usually around the time jillian has me doing squats with the overhead press. for some reason, those are the hardest for me.


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No Easy Solutions, Just Painful Trade-offs

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I am a pharmacist at an acute mental hospital. We have a new psychiatrist who is just full of fascinating quotes and tid-bits. He used this one today while discussing a struggling alcoholic patient. I quickly realized it applies to so many things, but it really rang true to me with my dieting journey this year.

"There are no easy solutions, just painful trade-offs."

Wow- How I'm learning that! It's not easy to lose weight. There's a price we pay for everything, i.e.- "painful trade-offs".

Of course you reap what you earn. Sometimes we make the decision that the price is too high. That's what I've done without really thinking about it in all my previous weight loss attempts. I think it's important to acknowledge that just like everything else worth acheiving, losing weight is NOT easy. But it IS worth it. I AM worth it.

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AMETHYSTD 12/14/2008 7:59PM

    Thanks for posting this because it's something I needed to hear.

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KKATZE 12/12/2008 6:10PM

    So true.... I had a very similar revelation last week when talking about some research projects and how stressful it is to get stuff done.... "everything worthwhile takes a lot of work" or something similar. It just struck me. I sometimes take it for granted that things go well and I achieve what I plan for, but you really have to acknowlege the fact of hard work that is behind every success...

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Down 15 pounds!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

YEAH! It took me a while before I realized this, but today I reached my 15 pound goal, which I had slated for Thanksgiving! Hurray! I'm very excited about this. I've learned that even though I've had some bad days (Halloween, Election day to name 2), if I stay with the plan and get right back ASAP, that ultimately I will continue to trend in the right direction. That's so motivating and encouraging. I now KNOW I'm going to reach that 20 pound weight loss goal by Christmas, and hopefully before that!

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KKATZE 11/12/2008 9:45PM

    Wow, I'm soooo proud of you!!! Small steps are paying out, right?
I am still stunned about how I managed too loose 20 lbs since starting this challenge, and I am enjoying it every day! Woohoo!!!

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LEIGHWOMAN 11/9/2008 2:35PM

    Wow, Amy!!! That's FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations on reaching 15 pounds!! You're doing awesome, keep up the great work! emoticon

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