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That moment when you realize "yup...my pants are tight."

Thursday, September 11, 2014




I admit defeat. I have successfully gained back almost all that I have lost while on SP. I had been noticing tight pants and smaller shirts for about 6 months now, so I got enough courage to just get on that scale and saw 207 with utter disgust. I just kept thinking...how? But I know how. I gave in to many temptations, ate too much, and stopped exercising. I would get back on track for a week and then fall off the wagon again. Honestly, I let life get in the way. Busy schedules and excuses took over. However, I know that never giving up is a big strength of mine. So I am not giving up! I want to fit back into my clothes and maybe even go down a size or two. Could it be possible? Yes! I just need to do what I did before...




I exercised 5-6 times per week both at home and the gym and watched what I ate. I planned ahead and worked out in the mornings if I knew I had plans after work. Sounds simple (and it was once I got used to it) but it was very hard to get started, which is why I'm having a hard time now. So far I have managed 4 days of eating within my 1500 calorie range and two days of solid exercise. I still haven't been back to the gym in months but I plan on slowly adding it in (since I HATE it).

Here is my plan to start with and then after time I will increase my exercise:

-Eating within 1500 calories or less per day. This is a hard one for me because I love to eat. But...I can eat I just need to eat smart. Like fiber rich foods to fill me up and fruits and veggies as well instead of 100 calorie pack snacks. But...I know I need to give in to temptation sometimes, so I want to make sure I splurge once and a while. emoticon emoticon emoticon

-4-5x per week I will be working out at home on my elliptical, or working out outside, or at gym. Which ever tickles my fancy! emoticon

-Staying positive. This is a big one for me. I am my worst enemy with negative self talk. I need to cheer myself on and encourage myself to work hard instead of creating silly excuses and then feeling guilty later. emoticon

So fall is my favorite time of year. It brings changes all around, so it is the perfect time to change me (again!). Any encouraging words, advice, etc are welcome!

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KNH771 9/24/2014 2:52PM

    I'm in a similar place right now. Great thing is you have prior success to lean on. You know what works, so it's all about forgiving yourself for the slip, and taking it step by step to get back on the right track. You're moving in the right direction...

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JADED_CHICK19 9/12/2014 10:48AM

    Great plan on how to get back to losing those pounds! Just remember you have the tools and the support...now just to put in practice. Let's make Fall (my favorite season too) our time to shine! :)

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CONFUSEDBIRD 9/11/2014 1:37PM

    You have done it before, you can do it again!

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BRAINBENTT 9/11/2014 10:46AM

    you know how

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AUNTRENEE 9/11/2014 10:46AM

    We all have that problem. We're only human. I almost gained the 45 pounds. Now I was at 240 pounds when I started SparkPeople on August 31, 2008. I got down to 195 pounds but got back up to 227 pounds. Now I'm at 210 pounds. But I know that I can get back down to 195 pounds if I change different things every day if needed. You can do it.

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How do I stay on track traveling for work?

Friday, August 22, 2014

I will be traveling to Illinois Sunday through Thursday for work and am absolutely dreading it. Not only because I'm going alone (how boring) but also because I have done so well this week and it is hard for me to stay on track when I'm way. However, I know I can't get off track since I finally have strong motivation! I will allow myself a few splurge meals but I am going to make smart choices when eating out like choosing low cal salads and grilled options. I'm just worried because it says they offer only a contininental breakfast and you know thats full of donuts and sugary cereal! I'll just have to figure it out.

The hotel says they have a fitness center but I'm also worried that it won't be nice (usually they are full of old equipment that doesn't work). I'm just going to have to buckle down and use whatever is there.I also don't sleep well by myself in a strange place, so I know I won't be able to wake up early and exercise. But...I have just throw all excuses out the window and work hard.

My clothes are tight and I know I have to keep working hard to at least get back where I was at 196. I plan on weighing in on 9/1/14. I literally have not stepped on the scale since June. It scares the heck out of me to find out my current weight but I know I just need to face the music and see where I stand.

Does anyone out there have any tips for me when traveling alone? What do you do to stay on track?

  
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KNH771 9/9/2014 1:49PM

    I know that your trip is over now, but maybe some of these ideas will help for your next business travel. I travel for work quite often.

First, if I have the option of choosing my hotel, I always pick one that has a refrigerator and microwave in every room. If the hotel doesn't have them in each room, sometimes you can request one or the other. Some hotels also have breakfast area with a microwave that you can use. Then I fill the fridge with healthy foods for my trip. Sometimes I take a cooler with me, but if it is too far, I will make a grocery run when I arrive.

Even when I travel I don't eat out much. With that microwave I can cook my own meals. If that isn't really feasible, I do some research before-hand, and find out what restaurants are in the area and research the nutrition info. I try to decide what I'm going to order before I get there. AND... since I have a refrigerator in my room, I can cut the portion in half and take it back to the hotel for the next day.

I try to travel with a lot of non-perishables... jerky, protein bars, water, protein shakes, etc., so I have healthy snack choices. If I'm driving, I pack a lunch to take with me and stop at a rest area on the way to where I'm going. If I'm driving, sometimes I'll even take weights or a yoga mat with me. It means I've got more junk in the car, but it means I'm more likely to exercise on the trip. If you have a laptop or tablet, you can do Sparkpeople exercise videos in your hotel room. There are also a lot of other free workouts on YouTube. In some cases, a hotel will even have free workout videos on-demand on the TV.

Again, I'm sorry this is late, but maybe you'll be able to use it later.

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/23/2014 2:37PM

    Booo. I wish you were traveling closer to me in IL! :(

I have no tips for staying on track while traveling, but can you maybe pack some healthy snacks at least? Healthy trail mix, granola bars, oranges? That type of thing, so you at least have stuff on hand?

Just do your best. You got this girl.

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AZMOM1 8/22/2014 3:20PM

    I don't really have any tips for you other than to just take it one day at a time and one meal at a time. Good Luck! emoticon

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Ok...time to restart for the millionth time!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I'm back from a week long vacation in St. Lucia! Such a beautiful island! We stayed at private villa in a small fishing town called Anse La Raye. If you have never been, you must go! The villa's name is Les chaudieres. It wasn't the most modern of villas but the location was just breath taking. The hill top view was just amazing. We had a lot of fun. Here are some pics of our adventure:











So now that I am back, reality has set in. I only lost about 5 lbs before the trip and probably put on 10 during the trip lol. Honestly, I thought about weighing myself but why confirm what I already know? I gained weight. It will just make me feel even worse than I already do. I know that I need to just get right back on the wagon. That means eating between 1300-1500 calories a day, getting to the gym 2-3x per week and working out at home when I'm not at the gym. I saw myself in some of those vacation pics, and I know I'm just not happy with my body. I am the ONLY one that can change that. So I will be on here a lot more and I WILL do this! My long term goal is definitely to lose about 50 lbs but I'm not going to worry about that right now. For now, I'm just going to focus on losing 5 lbs and feeling better.

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AZMOM1 7/22/2014 6:26PM

    Beautiful pics . . . sounds like a wonderful vacation . . .

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PATTYGIVENS 7/22/2014 4:39PM

  OMG what a beautiful trip you had . Just fabulous pics . Now you can do it while thinking about your wonderful time. !!!

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144AUTUMN 7/22/2014 4:14PM

  You can do it!!

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Hmmmm....

Friday, June 27, 2014

Well first I want to go over how the week before went. I saw a loss for sure, I was down to 195.8!!! I did so freakin well but then the weekend came lol. It could have been worse, I think I ate less than I would have in the past when being out of town but I still ate more than I should have. However, I got back to it after I came back and during this whole week but I am feeling pretty disappointed. Here's why:


This weight loss thing really can be confusing at times. I worked my a** this week and saw over a 1lb gain. I went to the gym Monday and Wednesday and worked out in between at home on the elliptical. I feel leaner and have so much energy. I even feel like my stomach looks smaller! The only thing I can think of is, I've been doing strength training at the gym, not a lot but maybe enough to make the scale go up? I've never gained in the past for strength training though, so it really confuses me. I guess I could also admit that on Tuesday, we had a retirement party at work and I had a sub. lol but that's honestly the only time I slipped up with eating! I'm trying not to let this bother me but it's so hard seeing the number go up! So as of today I am back up to 197. Ugh! I'm just going to keep at this and maybe stay away from the scale for a while. Seeing a gain just upsets me too much and I feel like it can derail my progress greatly. Maybe I'll just weigh myself every 2 weeks or maybe even once per month, I guess I'll see how I feel.

My next challenge is this weekend. Tomorrow we're going out for a friend's bday and there will be plenty of alcohol. So I'm going to have 2 drinks, that's it! I would love to go wild but I know I'll regret it come Monday. I think I'll offer to be the DD, that way I'll have an easy excuse lol. I think going to the gym today and then working out at home tomorrow will help. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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PAPER_WINGS18 6/27/2014 1:31PM

    You can do it girl!! So proud of you for getting back to it!

Weekends are theeee worst. If you want an accountability buddy, let me know and we can exchange txts and check in a couple times each day on the weekends to try and keep each otherin check! :)

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This is week- A WIN!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday everyone! I was excited to get on the scale this morning because of how hard I have been working! I went to the gym on Monday and Wednesday and burned 500 calories doing cardio and strength. In between I worked out on my elliptical at home and walked around my neighborhood. I also managed to stay below 1300 calories each day which is major for me. So I lost that .8 lbs I gained and then some...so technically I lost 1.8! If I can keep this up, I'll be down to 190 before my trip!

Now...to get through this weekend. We are visiting my husbands family for the weekend and I always over eat when I go there. They love to eat out and then we are going to a graduation party on Saturday where I know there will be lots of goodies. Also visiting with his grand parents on Sunday and they don't exactly cook light and they often get offended if I don't eat (I guess this is a southern thing?). I think I'm just going to try my best and cut down portion size. I'll try bits of things but I'm not going to go over board! Before we leave tonight, I'm going to work out on my elliptical and then walk Missy. I also plan on taking her for some long walks while I'm there. I REALLY don't want to gain back the weight I lost after all of that hard work.

Anyone have any better ideas on how to get through this weekend of mine?

Wish me luck!

  
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PAPER_WINGS18 6/23/2014 3:44PM

    Hope that weekend rocked!! I'm sure it did, knowing you! :)

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CHANGINGSAM 6/15/2014 8:49PM

    Hope your weekend went well! Congrats on the weight loss!

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PLMITCH 6/13/2014 10:11PM

    My only comment is 1300 calories enough? Be careful that you are not starving yourself, especially if you are getting a decent amount of exercise.

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JADED_CHICK19 6/13/2014 11:42AM

    One thing that I do at potlucks or big family dinners when I'm trying to stay good is do the spoonful rule. I get a spoonful of everything that I want to try and then I'm not denying myself but I'm not giving into overloading either. :) Great job on the loss BTW!

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VIVICHAMPERS 6/13/2014 11:35AM

    Awesome that the scale is moving!
For the grad party, don't go hungry! And if you really, really can't resist the goodies pick the top 2 or 3 and savour them. If you can, carry a glass of water with you while mingling so at least one hand is busy.
The Grandparents are hard! I empathize with you. Stick with the portions you know you should have and be kind, but firm when they insist you have more. And if you go over, don't beat yourself up! Get back up on that elliptical.
I plan on actually wearing my current weight when I go see family in a few weeks. Really, that means wearing a bracelet or string on my "eating hand" so that I see it when I reach for something.

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