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Friday, June 20, 2014

I hate to make excuses but I am really struggling to create a schedule that gives me time to make healthy food and get as much exercise as I'd like. Maybe I can get some suggestions from others. I'm currently working 40-50 hour weeks and while that may improve some it isn't that promising. My usual day goes a little like this:
5-6am - alarm goes off at 5 and I get up somewhere closer to 6am since I can't say I'm that keen to actually get up
Shower and off to ride horse by 645ish
730 - finish ride
730-830 - eat breakfast, do dishes, grab lunch
830-5pm - work - some days I'm really busy and some days I do very little, it varies a lot, I try to make time for lunch but it doesn't always happen until 2-3pm
5pm - snack
530-630pm - fitness class
630pm - dinner & tv/paying bills/emailing/editing photos
830-9pm bed

I'm still having time to do fitness class Monday-Thursday and some Saturday mornings and I am riding my horse 3-4 days a week but I'm having trouble fitting in time to run, shop for healthy foods, and cook. I also work Saturday morning 9-anytime between 12 and 2pm. So really I only get 1 and 1/2 days off each week. I also am doing horse dental work on the side so next Saturday I'll be spending my whole afternoon doing that.

I have tried running after fitness class but I'm usually really hungry. I have been thinking of bringing weights to work to keep out the back but I'm not sure how often I'd get to use them. I also don't want to be too sweaty and gross at work.

I know I'm working too much but I work on a percentage only and I'm competing against another clinic in a small town. And the people who own that clinic are kind of awful. They enjoy telling people that our clinic has packed up and left town since prior to me being here full-time (which started in Jan) the clinic was only staffed 1-2 days a week. I really don't enjoy working so much but I need the clinic to get to a point where it breaks even. The only reason I've taken this job is so that my husband can get contract work in a mine, my job provides rent free accommodation which up here rent can be $1000/week. Hopefully that contract work can become permanent making my income less important.

I am having trained and qualified nurses starting in the next week so I'm hoping this will help take some pressure off. I just cannot figure out how to make the time to eat healthy regularly without giving up all of my time vegging out in the evenings. I think without that time I'd struggle as I'm fairly constantly stressed by work.

I know I probably need to make health more of a priority than work but I can't quite see how that is an option at the moment. I also would probably be better off not having my horse to care for but she also provides a good release.

I have been doing batch cooking but even that can be a challenge here. Being so remote we sometimes fail to have basic items like chicken breast or fresh veggies. I just get so frustrated because I know how to do this but it just isn't happening. Today was awful in terms of food, breakfast was a bowl of not that healthy cereal and a coffee, lunch was a dare iced coffee milk as I had no lunch food at home to bring with me and if I leave the clinic for lunch it means I have to lock up which I hate to do in case I get business through the doors. Dinner was takeaway burger and fries and some wine. I could have done better for dinner but right before I left work, 30min after close, I xrayed a case I had in hospital and found what appears to be an invasive tumour of the skull. I've now spent this evening dreading the fact I will have to tell the owners the bad news when the get back from being overseas. This is after I emailed them to tell the bloodwork looked good today. And since I ran out of time to get stuff ready for the markets today I have to get into work super early tomorrow to get stuff ready.

Anyway I'm just complaining now. I really do need to find someway to balance this. I just have no idea how.

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FIT4MEIN2013 6/20/2014 10:46AM

    I make my breakfast and lunch for the next day while I cook/clean up dinner. I have go-to meals that I use. Breakfast is ALWAYS an egg and high fiber English muffin. I will cook my egg when cooking dinner and it is cool enough to package while I wash dishes. I make my coffees for the next day so they can chill over night (to drink iced after the gym. I also keep healthy soups, packages of tuna, crackers and meal bars in my office so that there is no excuse to eat garbage. Hope these tips help some!

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LOVELESMILLS 6/20/2014 9:40AM

  Too much! emoticon

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Photo from my hike

Sunday, May 04, 2014

I can't get any of the other photos to upload without resizing but here's a picture of Lucky on our hike up Mt Nameless today

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SNOWFILLY 5/5/2014 7:36AM

    Wow!! That is Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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WENDYJM4 5/4/2014 9:18PM

    looks awesome

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BIGPAWSUP 5/4/2014 10:11AM

    Looks wonderful!

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DFOLKARD 5/4/2014 8:45AM

    Looks awesome!

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March Goals

Friday, March 07, 2014

No weight goals this month as the scale isn't cooperating at all. Instead I will set a goal of losing centimetres .
- fitness class - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday if class is on
- Yoga Tuesday and/or pilates Thursday
- 5 minute runs per physio instructions every other day
- physio exercises every other day
- 2-3 lifting exercises every other day, lifting heavy, possibly progressing to a more organised plan if I actually do it
- meal planning
- Go to bed earlier, by 9-930 so I can be asleep by 10pm

Time is in very short supply so healthy eating has been hard. I need to make time. I'm really not sure where with working so much and fitting everything else in. Hopefully I can find some time to freeze some stuff. Maybe use the slow cooker more.

Alright I need to check back in on this weekly and see how I'm progressing.

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    So how are you progressing? Haven't heard from you for awhile! Hope all is ok.

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CHODGES83 3/10/2014 4:57PM

    Looks like a good list. You are so active! Keep it up!

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    I use my slow cooker at least once a week, super easy to put in meat and sauce to let it cook

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SNOWFILLY 3/7/2014 8:23AM

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Same old injury....

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Having not run regularly since September in the hope that it would improve my hamstring insertion tendon injury I went to the physio two weeks ago and started running. I did two days of about 20-25min run/walking. 1min run/1min walk. I went with a new friend. She probably went a little faster than I'd have liked but it felt fine the first day and only a little off the second day. That was Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Then I went to yoga Thursday night. I really should have left when she said that we'd be doing lots of forward bends. I find it often hurts my hamstring if I stretch too far.

Well even thought that was very little exercise on top of my usual classes it was far too much. My hamstring hurt over the weekend just doing normal activities. So sick of this injury. At the end of the month it will have been a year that it hasn't been right. And while that is partially my fault for never fully letting it recover I'm so sick of this.

Plus the more I run the more my heel hurts. That at least seems manageable with gel heel pads. I just want to run again without pain though!

So tomorrow I am scaling the running back to 5 minutes - 20 seconds running/40seconds walking. Feels ridiculous doing so little but I will include it within a walk. Hopefully it I follow the physio's plan I'll get there eventually and pain free.

Meanwhile no real weight lost, still hovering around 85-86kg. Still eating pretty well most of the time. Have been a little lazy with tracking but should still be in range. Not always the healthiest choices as I've been super busy with work and life. I admit I am happy to be getting smaller with 4cm lost around my thigh, and 1cm lost from waist, hips and arm but disappointed I haven't had bigger losses in weight and size considering how much my exercise schedule has increased and how much healthier I'm eating. And of course when it becomes a stressor it usually just bumps my eating further from healthy. Hopefully I can make some time this weekend to make some healthy frozen food and get a bit more organised. I guess the problem is that when I don't see much progress I feel like I'm doing something wrong and really I'm not doing anything different than I have done in the past and have lost weight. So why doesn't it seem to be working as effectively this time?

Anyway it's not going to stop me from exercising or trying. And technically I'm down a kg from when I started, just seems to bounce around the same kg lost since January. I'm really hoping that getting running will make a big difference. Unfortunate it is so hard to just get running at all! Anyway I'm too tired to come up with a plan tonight, so maybe this weekend :-)

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WENDYJM4 3/7/2014 4:03AM

    wish you luck with your goals of running. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 3/6/2014 2:11PM

    I hate injuries! It gets frustrating when our bodies take soooo long to heal. I was dealing with IT band issues for quite a while.

Hang in there and continue to let your body heal while doing what you think you can. Don't push too hard or you will further the problem.

You'll figure out that scale. Sometimes our bodies are building muscle so we won't see a budge in the scale. Be patient and keep working at it. The weight will come off!

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RYDERB 3/6/2014 12:24PM

    It really sucks when an injury prevents you from doing something you love. A year is a really long time. I'm so sorry. Sounds like you're doing everything right, so don't let your scale get you down. With your determination and great attitude, you'll figure it out.

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MNCYCLIST 3/6/2014 9:01AM

    Sorry to hear about this, dealing with injuries can be so discouraging. But you're attitude and determination really inspired me today, so thanks for sharing and hang in there!

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Still not losing any weight...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I'm really not that scale oriented but I do always wonder if I could be doing something different to make it go down. More importantly I would like clothes to be fitting looser and so far they don't seem to be. I only do monthly measurements so I'm not sure.

So what I have been doing is staying in my calorie range of 1300-1650. I was slightly over one day of the weekend and I was under yesterday. This week hasn't been quite as healthy food but still staying in calorie range. The last couple of weeks prior to this week were very healthy with whole foods.

For exercise I've been doing the following classes: Saturday 60min of military style really difficult class, sunday 90m yoga, Monday 60min crossfit type class, Tuesday 90m yoga, wed circuit 60m class, and tomorrow will be 60min Tabata class + an hour of pilates class. Friday will be an off day and we're going away this weekend so likely we'll be doing a bit less.

I am ridiculously sore. To the point where I kind of think today might should have been a rest day but I just took it a touch easier in class so hopefully that will make me less sore.

So while I'm not crushed or even that upset about the scale moving I'm not sure what to change. I know I could eat more but that just had me gaining weight a few weeks ago. Plus I am throwing in the odd high-calorie day to try to keep my metabolism going. I'm sure I'm retaining some water in my sore muscles but while I went down a kilo last week I bumped straight back up a kilo the next day. I've been getting plenty of sleep as well.

Anyway I think I just wanted to complain. Because while I'm not actually upset about not losing weight since I know I'm doing everything right, or fairly close to what has worked for me in the past. It is just annoying I've been at this for 3 weeks and haven't seen a drop on the scale. Hopefully I'll see a change in clothes fit soon! Hopefully I can get running a bit as well and that will help. Physio visit is on Monday so I'm holding off until then a bit aside from plenty of running in fitness classes.

Thank god all of these classes are free except one yoga class and the pilates :-)

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    I'm right there with you. Know how you feel. Keep going! Surely that darn scale WILL move eventually! Either that, or it's time for a new scale! lol! Hang in there gal! emoticon

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CHODGES83 2/13/2014 1:27PM

    Whoa, your class schedule sounds tough! Get it, Lady!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/13/2014 7:45AM

    Your body is adjusting to the increase in exercise. Give it another week then your body should relax and not hold on to the fat.

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SPOONGIRLDEB 2/12/2014 10:42PM

    Ugh I know where you are coming from! I was just looking at my streaks and realized that I am on day 17 of eating in my calorie range (1300 - 1650), yet the scale is NOT moving! You are doing way more exercise than I am too, so it's kind of surprising to hear you aren't seeing movement. I bet, though, that you are building muscle and one day soon the scale will start moving!

Lucky you that you get all those free classes!!! Keep doing what you're doing, and I'm sure you'll see results soon.

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MBISHOP123 2/12/2014 7:47AM

  Keep up the great work! Always remember, health is the ultimate goal and you are obviously doing healthy things for yourself every day. emoticon

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MNCYCLIST 2/12/2014 7:35AM

    I feel your pain! On my journey I've learned to take joy in lots of things other than decreasing weight. This has helped me immensely, but it's taken a lot of work to retrain my brain. Formerly, that one measure--weight--seemed to be more important than all other measures combined, and to some extent it is very important. But at some point, I realized that if I didn't learn to take real joy in other health and fitness measures, I was going to get depressed and give up. So hang in there, and thanks so much for venting--we all feel this from time to time and it's great to hear someone else's honest musings about it!

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