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Slow moving

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So I haven't really had time to blog. It's November, which is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but I'm not participating this year since I simply don't have time.

Anyway, the scale has been moving SLOWLY in the right direction. Like, maybe a pound every 2-3 weeks. It goes up and down, but overall it's going down.

I've been good about eating out less. I did dine out quite a bit the last couple weeks comparatively since my best friend came in from out of town who I hadn't seen in five years, but overall it's been eating at home. So that goal I feel has been coming along quite well.

Less well was my fitness streak. I did 33 days! And then I missed a day. And then I did 5 days! And then....well, not so consistent. Though I feel that now that my friend has flown home I can get back into things. I love her, but working two jobs, school, AND finding time to spend with her was rough. The shorter days aren't helping, either. I'm going to have to be creative to figure out how to get back on track. I'm thinking home-workout DVDs.

Anyway, that's how things have been. Just a slow crawl. It's been tough. I've been stressed. Not everything is going perfectly smoothly, but I'm not gaining weight, so I will take whatever progress I can, even if it feels painfully slow. I just have to keep taking whatever small steps I can manage to stay on track, even if I feel like the slowest one on the track.


Two goals

Sunday, September 21, 2014

So I am still working on my two goals. I just had to re-start the fitness streak today...I got to 9 days and then my work schedule got wonky with extra shifts and so I missed a couple days. So I restarted my streak today with a hike. Going to try and hit the gym tomorrow, too, since I also spend my one day off catching up on homework. I definitely need to do something because I can tell my endurance is just shot. I recently went on a hike up Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island, and I did it before no problem, but I barely made it this time. Not good.

I've been doing much better on my not-eating-out streak. I didn't even need to use one of my breakfast freebies. There have been days where I wanted to hit up a drive-thru because I was exhausted. I think I will see if I can start pre-making meals to make it even easier on myself. But so far, that is working out well.

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LISAWMI 9/21/2014 7:59PM

    Good going on the hiking! I try to prepare the fixings for healthy salads every sunday. Then all I have to do it throw it together the night before or morning of! Good luck!

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Starting over

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whelp, it happened. I hit 250lbs the other day. That's MORE than I weighed when I started SparkPeople! One year ago I was down to 225, so that's 25lbs gain in a year.

So I spent the weekend trying to figure out what to do about it. I was plateaued for a long time. The weight gain started about a year ago when I began my new job (and a longer commute with it), but it really kicked it up a notch when I started school in April. I have had NO time for exercise or eating healthy, and it shows.

So I made two goals this weekend.

Goal the first: I will limit myself to fast food twice a week. I did this when I started trying to lose weight, and it helped, but recently I've been hitting up the drive-thru far too often since I find myself eating on the go or not having the time to cook. So I'm limiting myself. (The one freebie is the breakfast smoothie, since some mornings when I'm really crunched for time this healthy-ish option I can pick up on the way to work and consume during my commute, and with my tight schedule I don't want to limit this option for when I NEED it.) I bought a bunch of sandwich and salad stuff, since those are easy to throw together, and we'll see how it goes.

Goal the second: Work out for at least ten minutes a day. Even after my car accident when my ankle was out, I still made this happen. This hasn't been happening lately. So I have some Post-It tape, and daily I take a piece and put it on the wall so I have a visual cue of my progress.

I'm just going to focus on these two goals. Just these two. School "officially" starts up for me again next week, but it's zero week so the online classrooms are open, so my schedule is filling up again. I'm going to try and get it right this quarter.

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JULIEG108 10/10/2014 1:53AM

    I too am starting over. This last summer I hit my pre- Spark weight. I had managed to go for about 5 years before getting back to that weight. School and money stress were the biggest road blocks for me, plus I've had some health things come up recently along with an injury at work. I feel like it's a little easier this time around since I already know what I need to do and how to do it. However, trying to exercise with a knee that doesn't work right is its own challenge.

Good luck with school and with your re-boot! :)

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Crawling back on track

Thursday, June 12, 2014

So, this year so far has not been too well fitness-wise. The longer commute since I started my new job last August has eaten into my schedule. I didn't lose, but I managed to maintain until April when I started school. I've gained 5 lbs since then.

But I've been crawling my way back. I'm trying to re-figure how to fit fitness into my schedule. It's been difficult with two jobs and school, but I'm still working on it. I've been focusing on strength training more lately in order to justify my gym membership.

I'm also trying to eat healthier. I haven't been bad, but I haven't been good either. The husband recently had a cut in hours, so he has more time at home to cook, so I've been planning meals and sending him the recipes to prepare. His cut in hours also gives him more time to do other errands that I simply do not have time for.

This first quarter for me is almost over. I plan to hike Blanchard Mountain during one of my days off between quarters. I always hike that at least once a year. Here's hoping for sunny, clear weather so I can enjoy the view at the top!


Death of a grocery store

Thursday, December 12, 2013

So today, I heard some tragic news. My beloved grocery store is closing. The Market on Lakeway starts its liquidation sale tomorrow.

No, this won't throw me into a food desert or anything...there's actually a closer store that is a mere two blocks from my house. But it's not MY grocery store.

It's been amazing watching the store transform over the years. It started out as a Cost Cutter, which is where my family started shopping when we moved to Bellingham when I was ten. A few years ago, it was remodeled into The Market. Earlier last spring, it underwent another remodel. It still seems strange that they would throw that much money at it, only to close down less than a year later.

This grocery store, it was a dieter's and ethical food lover's dream. After the last remodel, almost the entire produce section went organic. You know how stores like to put the expensive brand-name stuff they like to push at eye-level? Popular brand-name mac-and-cheese was relegated to the bottom shelf while organic, whole-wheat, healthier alternatives took the prime shelf real-estate. Heirloom black beans were available in bulk, as well as organic peanut butter, rice, dried fruits, and everything else you could imagine. There was hormone- and antibiotic-free local meat available. There was a honey bar and an olive oil bar. The deli had a sizable vegan section -- like, one third of the display case was dedicated entirely to vegan, not just some sad little corner of it. They had a large selection of gluten-free cupcakes for those who needed it; sometimes the gluten-free selection was even larger than the normal selection.

Best of all, the impact on prices from all the emphasis on organic goods was negligible. They went up a little, but not as much as you would expect. Maybe they didn't go up enough and that was the problem; I don't know. But it was divine.

It also had a very decent wine room and an entire walk-in cooler dedicated to beer. Just sayin'.

The meat department guys were fun to look at, too. And they worked in the MEAT department. You can't get any better than that!

Now, I will be tasked with finding a new store. I've found one that has the fresh-ground peanut butter machines. (The idea of going back to buying peanut butter from a BRAND has become horrific to me. I am past the point of no return!) I know of another store that has the milk from my favorite local dairy, Twin Brooks Creamery. I don't know if I will ever find everything all in one place again, though.

I will miss the staff, too. The fact that they are announcing this closer this time of year of all leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I genuinely like most of the staff there. I'd happily write personal letters of recommendation for any of them; they are just that awesome.

Farewell, The Market on Lakeway. You will be missed.

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SUSANBEAMON 12/13/2013 1:05AM

  sad, but those things happen. sales must not have risen as much as the remodel was supposed to make them go up.

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