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Mind and Body Health Changes for the Better!

Monday, June 27, 2011

So I already lost this entry once, let’s see if I can do another one with less fail this time!

Mind changes: emoticon to emoticon

As far as "mental fitness" improvements, things have gotten better at work, and I am glad to see that I am able to function in a much healthier manner. I have started trying to deal with my anxiety as it starts, rather than waiting until it overwhelms me to begin dealing with it, because by that point I've gotten myself so worked up I've ruined my focus. When I feel myself starting to get stressed out, I take a second and close my eyes if I can, and tell myself to "stop" in a calm, firm voice (a mental voice, obviously! lol), repeating until I can focus again. All this stress is because I am still learning a new job, and it will pass with time and experience, and lessens each day as my confidence and competency grows. emoticon

Body Health Changes: emoticon emoticon to emoticon emoticon

I am taking small steps daily to wean myself off the comfort foods I was putting in my body, a few of those changes are:

Instead of a frappe from McDonald’s on the way home from work (which is a whopping 560 calories and 70g of sugar! Yikes!!) I substituted that with:

emoticon Tablespoon of instant coffee, spoonful of Sun Crystals, spoonful of Nutella, ice and 2% milk blended until smooth (228 calories, 10g fat)

Instead of the infamous half pint of cookie dough ice cream (630 calories, 33g of fat!):

emoticon Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich (140 calories, 2g fat)

Instead of Hot n’ Ready pizza from Little Caesars’ (560 calories, 10g sat. fat):

emoticon Flatout bread drizzled with olive oil and baked, spaghetti sauce, part skim mozz cheese, baked chicken breast (429 calories, 10g fat)

Which, an update- Ross is home from his travels, and just having another person to plan into mealtimes really has helped me reign in my unhealthy eating. If I make something unhealthy for myself for dinner, I’m bringing him down with me, and that realization has helped me curb unhealthy choices.

My main "body" focus is getting vegetables back as a main focus in my diet. I was doing really good for so long. I normally have 1-2 salads made of green leaf and romaine lettuce, carrots, green onions and a bit of lite Caesar dressing a day, but I haven’t had one of those in a while.

So I am going to try baby steps, and get myself eating more greens, and up my water consumption to my goal of 64oz.or more per day, and continue substituting bad food choices with healthier ones.

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MEGSFITNESS 8/18/2011 10:48AM

    emoticon How's it going so far?

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Conquering Stress and Stress Eating

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So life in the past few months has been hectic. I�ve been through some life upsets- I lost my job, was unemployed for a month, and Ross still hasn�t been able to find a job that will work around his class and flying schedule. I have been blessed with a temporary job that may become permanent, and I am very happy to have a source of income again.

As it always seems to happen when I am confronted with stress, I have fallen off the wagon since starting this new job. I tend to deal with stress by turning to unhealthy foods to make me feel better, and boy have I ever done that. The scale shows I have gained back those 5 pounds I was bragging about losing, and I feel overall about as healthy as a slug, and I feel like I look like it since I have lost the muscle mass I gained as well.

I am doing my best to temper my after work stress related food choices with healthy items throughout the day- oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast, salad for lunch, upping my water consumption. I start to feel better when I do that. Then I have a super cruddy day at work, and what do I do when 5 o�clock rolls around? I head straight home and dive spoon first into the pint of cookie dough ice cream, ruining all those healthy choices I made throughout the day. Does a salad and water cancel out half a pint of ice cream? Yeah, I don�t think so. emoticon emoticon

I am stuck in this cycle- every few months I do great, I meet my calorie and food goals, water consumption is great, spark goals are in reach. Then life happens and I tumble off the healthy habits wagon and fall into the dirt, and this time I didn�t even try to chase that wagon until now.

Instead of focusing entirely on dealing with the symptoms of my bad choices, I need to start dealing with the cause: stress. That is my ultimate goal: figure out how to manage stress in a healthy way and stop taking my stress out on my body. Learn to gain confidence at work and stop doubting my ability is the first step. This time, I want to work from the inside out.

Being aware of my behavior is the first step to changing, and now that I have become aware to what I was doing, I can work on changing my behavior, like substituting healthy choices that will satisfy a craving while not derailing my goals. Maybe instead of going for the ice cream, I can grab a handful of crunchy baby carrots and get the sweet I was craving while getting a satisfying crunch.

Because if I want to get to my goal of looking amazing here: emoticon I need to work on mind AND body.

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I-CAN-DO-IT-2 6/19/2011 1:37AM

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds a lot like my issues. Good luck and persevere. Makes me realize I am glad I found my way back here.

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MEGSFITNESS 6/16/2011 3:51PM

    Emotional eating is a huge pit of dhoom and just when you think you've got it managed--whammo! You're staring at the bottom of a pint of ice cream wondering just where it all went.

I think the best thing to do until you figure your stress out is to make it inconvenient to eat junky food during times of stress. If you can say no once at the store, you won't have to say no when you go home and open the freezer.

*hugs* It'll work out. Now that you know, you can change.

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IAMAHAPPYGIRL 6/16/2011 5:19AM

    Wow, Sounds like quite the roller coaster. I'm glad to see you back here and glad to hear you have a new job. Hang in there, you know what to do and you have the tools. As G.I. Joe says "Knowing is half the battle" emoticon

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MICHSTATE 6/15/2011 12:53PM

    Exercise helps me, but if I really had it completely figured out I wouldn't be here!!!!!:-) just don't give up!!!!! If it was easy, everyone would be in amazing shape!!!

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Oh. Em. Gee. I did Legs and Back yesterday. I knew it was going to be rough when 15 minutes in my thigh muscles were trying to seize up. I paused the dvd and a few more stretches. Then my glutes- omg. They were tight the whole time. I woke up this morning and they are waaay sore. I'm really happy I made it through the workout, but (pun intended) I'll just have to take it easy today.

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MEGSFITNESS 4/18/2011 3:24PM

    Heat + stretching + Ice. It's all I know that will help! Preferably in that order..

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LHLADY517 4/16/2011 4:26PM

    At least you "hurt" for the "right" reasons. Just think of the changes your body is making.

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Does the Hunger EVER stop??

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm not sure if it's just that I'm consciously trying to limit my food intake and eat clean, but something has kicked my metabolism in the metaphorical rump and it has taken off at lightning speed. I am hungry All. The. Time. emoticon emoticon

Right now, it's 11:30 PM and I just ate a lowfat mozzarella stick and am guzzling water so maybe I can trick my body into thinking that's enough so I can go to bed.
I probably should take this as a positive, and proof that I am working my body enough each day, but dang- more than an hour between "feedings" would be nice!

The last few workouts have been good, especially Shoulders and Arms last night. After the workout I noticed my hands were hurting a bit, and I looked down to find that I had developed blisters on each hand from squeezing the weights during reps. emoticon I am thinking of investing in a cheap pair of weight lifting gloves, because I would hate for that to become the norm each time I use the weights, but I'm wondering if that will affect my performance?

In other news: I burned 531 calories during Plyo the other night. That seems kind of a high total though, so I'll make sure to get a calorie count from my HRM next time to compare. emoticon

UPDATE: I just finished tracking all my food for the day, and the SP tracker says I only ate 1,060 calories, and I need to be within the 1500-1800 range. So tomorrow's goals are to cut up some carrots and celery for "munchy" snacks throughout the day, and make sure I get close to my caloric range. emoticon

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MEGSFITNESS 4/15/2011 12:43PM

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SENATOR9 4/15/2011 1:53AM

    Eating more often is good a long as it's not junk food the more you exercise the more you will burn the calories Wearing gloves is good emoticon

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STLRFNS 4/15/2011 12:46AM

    I completely agree - I pretty much eat hourly but I'm not eating junk. What I can say for myself is that I've lost 7.4 lbs in about 3 weeks so obviously my constant eating isn't really an issue as long as I'm sticking with the good stuff.

I've been tracking everything - I highly recommend. I don't go over even though I feel like I should have. I told some friends today - eat a small bag of Cheez-its for about 200 calories or grab a tomato for 26 calories. It's amazing the difference - yes, I want something else in an hour but I'm losing!

Keep it up! emoticon

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Wedding Fitness Goals and Pics of Dress!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

So we set the date...October 14th!!!

Current Weight: 115.8 Current Body fat: 28% Current Health: Blah
Healthy Body Fat for My Age: 19%-25%

I've got a little over 6 months to get myself into wedding shape. I have my dress, and it is beautiful, if a little snug. My goal is to be able to fit into my dress with as few alterations as possible.

My dress was a sample off the rack, so there were no other sizes available. The dress is a Justin Alexander mermaid dress, and was one of the first dresses I tried on. The second I put it on I knew it was the one. I tried on much more ornate dresses at other stores, but I kept coming back to this one. It is simple, no fuss and elegant, and the silk organza fabric is fabulous!

This is the model (since the dress is a bit rumpled in my pictures):

And this is me in my dress:


So without further ado:

emoticonOperation Fit the Dress Improvement Areas! emoticon

emoticon Slim down and tone arms WITHOUT developing She-Hulk arm muscles

emoticon Tighten and slim down tummy area

emoticon Get a butt-lift through exercise

emoticon Tone and develop back and shoulder muscles without bulking up

emoticon Lose 5-7 lbs and lose 7% body fat

I've got my short term goals set, and my long term deadline...October 14th. Instead of trying to force myself to be healthy and exercise without any specific goal in mind (which I fail at miserably), I've set myself a deadline, and laid out my short term goals. Here we go!

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KAILA_FITNESS 8/24/2011 6:30AM

    Gorgeous dress, goodluck in reaching your goal.
I'm getting married in 18 months so I have until then to lose over 100lb :( need to go from a size 18 to my size 14 dress :o

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GEMROSE1 8/8/2011 4:27AM

  Great to hear I'm not the only Sparkie with a wedding in mind. I'm not sure if its the wedding dress or the week in bikinis after that I'm more worried about ;)

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LEAHLEGS 4/26/2011 11:22PM

    I didn't try to lose weight for my wedding, and it was a big regret of mine. Good for you!

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BYEFATNANNY 4/26/2011 3:12PM

    You'll do it! What a stunning dress! Congrats.

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MEGSFITNESS 4/15/2011 12:41PM

    You're a bombshell even without a 'buttlift' but I know that doing this will make you *feel* better so have at it!!

Want to go for a run together when I visit?

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SILLYBERRY 4/12/2011 11:13PM

    Congrats on setting a date! The dress is beautiful!!!

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NEWKAREN43 4/12/2011 10:23PM

    Oh, you can absolutely totally do this! No problem, plenty of time, achievable goals, a G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S dress to wear and a goal date!!!! I wish you the best and keep us posted. Congratulations! Karen


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