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Too many calories

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I cannot believe how many calories I ate today! The slipup was going to IHOP and getting french toast, which I found out later had about 640 calories! Which I would have eaten half of if I had known. But I don't get french toast very often, so it's okay.
Everyone has an off day and I just want to have more healthy days than not. Now that I'm pregnant I know that I have to focus more on being healthy rather than losing weight. And I know that the better habits I have now, the easier it will be to lose the weight after I give birth (which I still haven't lost some of the extra weight from the last one).
I find that it's easier to still track my food in sparkpeople.com than babyfit.com because pretty much any food I type into the sparkpeople tracker comes up, but with babyfit there's so many foods that aren't listed, and I don't have the time or energy to enter them in manually.
I just started watching episodes of the Style show "Ruby" and it's so fascinating. And it illustrates how sad our society is. She's such a great person, but just because she's extremely overweight she can't find a man who can see beyond the physical. Of course we want to be healthy and fit, but we are so much more than our physical bodies and it's sad that our society doesn't realize this. And everyone has issues that have wounded them, but being overweight is one of the few that is evident for everyone to see.

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HAILEYSMAMA 3/12/2011 6:17PM

    I over did my day as well today, at waffle house and a birthday party. But one day every once in a while isnt so bad. Good luck with your pregnancy!

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Complaining Rant

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I read today that 5 min. of stress causes disruptions in the body for around 6 hours. So I'm constantly in a fight or flight response for 24 hours now, for the last week and a half.
Last week I started back to college and the two classes I'm taking (I only go part time because I stay home with my daughter) are the most time consuming and hard that I've taken yet. Plus, the one is for Thesis Prep, so it's so much work. I have a fear that I won't have enough time to do everything. And it's put me under major mental stress. And this is happening at the worst possible time because I'm in a negative mood already because of PMS.
And then other things go wrong and it's just the straw that broke the camel's back. I try to de-stress and relax but nothing that I do works. Exercise helps, but just as I'm doing it. Once I'm done I go back to feeling stressed out. In the past, I would've used drugs to help relax, but not now. I haven't been under this much stress before, my classes have been relatively easy and manageable. But this semester it's just overwhelming and then there are money problems and little things (like our dog hurting his leg yesterday and catching a cold) that just add up to me just wanting to cry. And I know that my hormones are affecting my outlook too.
And I just can't get the same satisfaction from taking a bath or getting a massage, as I can from drugs or food. So what do I do? Because if I'm just so fed up with all the problems, I don't care about anything, and I especially don't care about eating healthy.
Right now I just hope that next week when my hormones are more balanced that I have a more positive outlook. My college classes just added stress that I'm not accustomed to but things have to get better. They just suck really bad right now.


Slow and steady

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's such a blow to my ego when I'm in a step class and I have to use one less riser than most of the other people and I don't do the high moves. Having the heart monitor helps because it gives me an excuse for not trying to keep up with everyone else. If I see my heart rate is going over 80% then I let up until it's within my weight loss range again. So I don't feel like I'm just being wimpy, I have proof that I'm working too hard and I need to take it down a notch.
Plus the monitor also records how many calories I burn, so it's nice to have that immediate feedback after I exercise.
I'm so happy I found Sparkpeople. I'm getting more and more ideas for meals and healthy eating. Today I had the baked potato on my nutrition guide for lunch. So I looked up on the recipes how to microwave a baked potato because I didn't have an hour to spend baking it in the oven. So I found I could microwave it for 5 minutes (and I know that the microwave isn't healthy to use, but I only use it occasionally) and topped it with low fat sour cream and bacon. It was good! I'd never thought about having that as a lunch before, but it worked out great. I'm always glad to have new ideas so I don't get bored and go back to my old habits.
I also got a peck of apples from an orchard last weekend. So I've been coring one, steaming it, and adding a little cream and cinnamon. It reminds me of apple pie without all the sugar and crust, it's good. So that's a nice nighttime snack/dessert.
It's all about the little things...for example, at the end of my gym classes we always stretch. The past two days I've found that I'm able to do the quad stretch (where you pull one leg behind with your heel to your butt) better. Before I had a hard time grabbing my foot behind me. But now I can actually do it emoticon So I know that slowly I'll be able to get back into the shape that I used to be in.
Patience is what I have to practice. Everyday...

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GMAN1952 9/22/2009 6:13PM

    I've just started the sparkdiet too and I'm so glad my wife told me about it, its working real good for me. I've started exercising again and watching what I eat. I've lost 10 lbs already, I know its going to get harder the longer I'm on it, but even if its just 1 lb a week, that's 1 less lb I'm carrying around. I know its going to be a long journey and losing it slowly is the best way to lose it. emoticon

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I want to be like a vampire

Monday, September 21, 2009

Just thought I'd type a quick blog. I have school tonight so I'll probably be busy once I get home...Plus "Heroes" starts tonight on tv. Great show, although "True Blood" is the best show there is. I've read all the Sookie Stackhouse books (by Charlaine Harris) and it's so rare for a show/movie to do the book justice. So if anyone out there is into vampire/paranormal romance novels, then Charlaine Harris is a great author.
But I guess this can all tie into being a healthy weight and being healthy, because why do vampires attract me? Why do I like those books and shows? Because look at vampires, they're young, beautiful, and powerful forever. And of course drinking blood, with the fangs piercing the neck and the bodily fluids, is just an analogy to sex. So I don't want to live forever, but I want to be thin, beautiful, sexy and powerful.
Anyway, I weighed myself today and I've lost about 1/2 lb. Which is the right direction, but I'm not focusing on the scale (done that in the past and it's affected my mood too much), I'm doing my best to focus on my actions-eating healthy and exercising. I took my Zumba class today, it's my favorite! You get to do latin type dancing with other types thrown in. You get to shake your @ss and have fun. I could do another hour of it and have a great time. In a couple weeks they're going to start another Zumba kids class so my daughter and I can do it together.
Thanks to everyone who have been commenting on my blogs, it's so nice to get support from you guys! MWAH! emoticon

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CRIMSCOUT 9/21/2009 10:07PM

    Interesting analogy.. emoticon..if it works, it works!
Good luck on your Spark Journey!


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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Last night my stepdad took us to Outback for dinner. I didn't eat much that day so maybe that offset what I ate for dinner. It was soooo good. I had some restraint. I didn't have a lot of bread or Bloomin onion. And I didn't eat all my steak. But they had peanut butter pie which I took home and ate. And it was so delicious. And I don't feel guilty for eating any of it.
I ate until I was stuffed, I wish i hadn't done that. But I'm not going to feel guilty. It's an emotion that just gives me permission to beat myself up and I'm not going to do that! So that's an improvement for me.
I want my healthy habits to be permanent so I'm not trying to rush things.
So when I woke up this morning I got up and got ready to go to my step class, even though my mom and niece were visiting. But I felt better after the class.
And I finally got out my Reebok heartrate monitor and wore it in class so that I could track what my heartrate was throughout the class. I found out that I usually work out too hard (trying to keep up with everyone else) and my heartrate is over 80%. So I need to workout in the fat burning zone and the monitor helps me keep it in that zone.
A nice side effect of working out in this zone is that I wasn't dead at the end of the class and didn't feel pooped out when I got home to my family.
I had heard on that new Dr. Oz show, that someone needed to work out in their fat burning zone or their body started burning sugar, which didn't help weight loss. I knew this, but this just motivated me to pay attention to my heart rate more and dig out the monitor.

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CRIMSCOUT 9/20/2009 9:25PM

    Sometimes when we're guests, they take us places we shouldn't go, but you showed admirable restraint. And the fact that you aren't beating yourself up over it shows wisdom and maturity. Keep up the good work!


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HEARACAJAX 9/20/2009 1:56PM

    high five! keep it up!

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