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Hello Again, 172...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Despite having an Olga's orange cream drink that contains more calories than I should care to count, being sick and/or being healthy granted a little reprieve today. I dropped from 178 before I was sick to 172 lbs.

It's not the 155 I want, but that is closer than before. Now to keep up the momentum and make a few changes that may hopefully plunge that number into the low end of the 160s. I'll really start dancing when size 8 is comfortable rather than a pipe dream stretch wish, which it has been lately. And doubly what sucked is most of my clothes are size 8. :|

Happy dance! Progress is good!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/19/2012 4:11PM

    Great job with the weight loss! You'll get to that goal weight eventually - just keep taking it one day at a time. :-)

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RHEYNKLW 7/19/2012 11:02AM

    That's what happened to me with the clothes I bought right before I met my husband. Getting back into the one pair of jeans I ever loved (seriously) was, like, the highlight of my year up to that point. You can do it!

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Dog Days of Summer

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The dog days of summer have descended in all their stifling heat and murderous humidity. I've come to miss the ocean breeze and cooling shade, and long for a proper lake or beach nearby I can avail myself of.

I discovered something worse than 102'F temperatures, a malfunctioning A/C unit, and weight gain: bronchitis in July. No one enjoys being sick, but suffering a nasty cough and rattling breaths through the sunniest weather in months makes illness that one bit more miserable. Instead of paddling around a metropark lake in a canoe, I got to swim in blankets and pillows. Shivering uncontrollably replaced flailing somewhat controllably in my hydrofit/aquatic aerobics classes. A whole glorious weekend evaporated into sneezing, sniffling, and sucking down cough candies like there was no tomorrow. I missed a week and some of my aquatic aerobics classes and finally got back into the pool just in time for the temperatures to spike past 100 again.

Class kicked my ass. Usually I can power through the 10 second kick/swim a pool width routine our feisty instructor, Pam, does to Bon Jovi or another upbeat song. Clutch hold of the side of the pool, kick like a school of sharks are racing after you, then swim to the opposite side. Sounds easy, and I find this to be a great cardio workout. I was barely able to get up to half my tempo without being out of breath. Yuck. Then we did a "launch and jog" which involves launching yourself backwards from the side of the pool and jogging through your wake back to the wall. Tough stuff, especially with water and momentum working against you. I was dying the whole time, spluttering like a winded fish, but at least I tried it. Better than the gabby older women who just sat there at the side talking about Sorkin's newest TV project, "News Room."

At least I got back into the gym, even added strength training before the bike, but the easier of the two classes completely flattened me. At least I hope to see some changes as I get back into the rhythm of working out.



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Wonderful" surprise this morning. My loosest jeans are tight... again.

I set out in March to try to lose fifteen pounds by September. Easy, right? Yeah, as if. I threw in regular biking at the gym, reintroduced strength exercises, went to the aqua-fit aerobic classes.

Nothing changed except being hungry. I drank more water, ate more fruit and vegetables, tried to cut down on snacking or mindlessly grazing in the evening. I have a bad habit of that if unchecked. The beau does it.

Tossing crap food from the house only works so well when the roommate brings it in. We eat out more than perhaps we ought because we feel confined, entrapped by the roommate we should be tossingo ut but he's stalling on, and all of this is a stupid, painful spiral.

Self-love today is absolutely impossible. I see myself in the mirror and the cascade of hate, disappointment, anger, rage, despair, and fury is a blackness that has so far refused to dissipate. I acknowledge its existence in hopes it will go away, and it doesn't.

Why. has. nothing. worked?

Because, apparently, *I* don't work.


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TEGOCHU 6/27/2012 1:01AM

    I know exactly how you feel! I'm up 10 pounds from the lightest I was last year.. and I'm still a good 25 pounds away from my ideal weight. I've been working out regularly, just like you, and have found that the scale isn't budging much for me either. It's incredibly frustrating, but you can't give up! I'd suggest trying something new! Maybe the aqua-fit classes just aren't enough for you, might need to try something that's a little more intense. Have you tried some HIIT training? Maybe take some new classes?

As for that pesky roommate, if they're a detrimental part of your life, you need to get rid of them! If they can't respect you and your new lifestyle, you should find someone that will!

Just keep pushing forward, try to stay positive and never give up, 'cause you will be able to do this. It's never as fast or as easy as we'd like, but if we give up we'll never be where we want to be.

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RHEYNKLW 6/26/2012 11:16AM

    I wish I could talk you out of this funk, but I know you have to do it for yourself.

Join PF by me and we can work out together.

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FLEURGARDEN 6/26/2012 11:15AM

    I understand your frustration, but don't give up! You *are* worth it, and you *do* work! Sometimes our bodies are even more stubborn than we are and it takes time to see the results. And it's so hard when you see all those posts from people losing weight and doing the happy dance when you're stuck. I've been stuck on a plateau for a month now, so I know how tempting it is to give up and quit, but if I quit I'll never have the thrill of succeeding.

You are making healthy changes to your lifestyle and your body is chaning on the inside, even if you can't see that on the outside. But you are beautiful inside and out, and don't you forget it!


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SHIMMYSHAKER 6/26/2012 11:10AM

    Sending many hugs and good thoughts your way, m'dear!!!! I am sorry that you're frustrated - which is understandable, because you feel that you're doing your best!

You can always drop me a PM if you'd like to chat, I'm definitely here to listen!!!


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Up Down, Up Down

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Swimming and trying to get outdoors, where my mind beckons, will hopefully keep me in check for fitness. I need to improve eating more fruits and veggies more this coming week, as it's been rather rough in the 32'C+ heat to tolerate standing in front of the stove.

Still no weight loss. Terribly frustrating to me.

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FLEURGARDEN 6/21/2012 11:04PM

    LOL - You can take a Canadian out of Canada, but she'll still convert the local temperature to Celsius. :-)

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RHEYNKLW 6/21/2012 9:26PM

    Going to the FarMar always makes me want to eat more F&Vs.

P.S. Whenever we go to Treat Dreams, I think about calling you to see if you and your fella want to go with us, but I don't want you to think I'm sabotaging your efforts!

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The City of Sacher Torte and Snowy Times

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Vienna, Wien, that Old Dame of Europe.

I'm going in February 2013. EEEEEEEEE!!

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ASTALANYA 6/14/2012 8:11PM

    Now if only I can be in shape for this. I have to pick up the pace, but I've got 8 months and all you loves to goad me on.

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FLEURGARDEN 6/14/2012 8:10PM

    How Exciting!

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CHIEF_GEEK 6/14/2012 4:08PM

    Have a great time!!!

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ASTALANYA 6/14/2012 2:36PM

    I am happy. Even if United screwed me on a voucher.

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__IZZA__ 6/14/2012 1:29PM

    I went there 2 months ago and fell in love with the city. I suggest Esterhazy torte - my favourite one. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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