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The magical expanding waist!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Oh golly. I've gained a couple of inches around my waist since the last time I measured, which is somewhat disheartening. My weight didn't change, so I'm thinking I must have lost a lot of muscle mass and made up for it with fat.

As frustrating as that is to see, it's good to have a reminder that weight alone isn't the best measure of health. Even if my weight doesn't change as I keep working out, I can keep an eye on other measurements and get an idea of what's happening with my body.

  


Wasting Time!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I am absolutely awful about wasting my time on the computer. It's a kind of self-medication I do, when I'm feeling depressed or anxious. Even if nothing else is going right, I can play a game or read articles and sort of distance my head from my problems. It's very much the same impulse that leads me to snacking excessively.

And...that is a TOUGH habit to break!

I work from home, so I don't have a hard and fast schedule. What this tends to lead to is other people interrupting me, which then makes me feel anxious because my work-time isn't being respected, and then I feel so anxious I need to "self-medicate" with some ice cream and mindless internet surfing. And then, naturally, that makes me feel MORE anxious because I know I'm not being productive, and it just turns into an endless cycle.

So what can I do about that? Well, I'm going to be trying a little trick: I have a floor peddler under my desk and a yoga mat on my floor. When I start feeling that urge to try to escape from my worries through wasting time online or snacking, I'm going to peddle through a song on my playlist or do a little bit of yoga. That will (hopefully!) help burn through the anxious energy and then get me back on track again, while also eating up a few minutes I would have used later on working out. A few minutes I can turn back to work without worry.

We'll see if it works.

  
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Too much

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I've been doing very well at moderating myself lately, but the birthday party was just too much for me. I ate more than I intended--way more--and came over my daily goal.

However, my weekly average hasn't taken much of a hit from that and it's the average that matters a lot more than these little day-to-day fluctuations. So if I just watch the rest of the week and manage to practice restraint (argh they left the cake here), I should be fine.

  
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KOFFEENUT 4/23/2013 1:16PM

    You are SO right - it's the week that counts. I figure on this healthy lifestyle journey we all hit bumps in the road (heck, I've wandered off the road ENTIRELY before!). The IMPORTANT thing is that we pick ourselves back up and continue to head in the right direction. It sounds like you're doing exactly that!

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Wow, it's been awhile, hasn't it?

Monday, April 22, 2013

I've decided to get back into SparkPeople again after I realized just how absolutely out of shape I've become. I've held fairly steady at the same weight over the past couple of years, but my strength and stamina are just shot to pieces.

I'm slowly building my stamina back up. The plan is for the week to be split up this way:

Day 1: Intense cardio, light resistance.
Day 2: Light cardio, heavy resistance.
Day 3: Intense cardio, light resistance.
Day 4: Rest.

And then reset back to Day 1. At the moment, my "heavy" resistance involves five pound dumbbells, because I'm really out of shape. Intense cardio is about 45 minutes, with twenty minutes of that on the stationary bike. I likely won't go over an hour of cardio at a time, though I'll eventually replace the bike with the occasional running day.

Depression--and the resultant inactivity--has done a number on my body, to the point where there were some days just washing the dishes would exhaust me. More than anything else, I want to recover my stamina again.

  


Today is going to be a hard day

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's my brother's birthday and I'm having dinner with the family. Dinner consists of:

Nachos
Cheesecake
Red Velvet Cake
Strawberry Ice Cream

That's it!

I guess my plan is to skip the chips and eat a whole bunch of lettuce with the nacho fixings on it, which seems a bit safer than touching fried corn chips. The dessert is going to be painful for moderation, though.

I'll try to pack in a lot of protein beforehand, to try to keep myself from being too hungry.

  
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CAERIED 2/15/2010 12:54PM

  Yes, it was my brother's idea. He's seventeen and has little concern for nutrition at this point.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely be skipping the ice cream!

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IVYLASS 2/15/2010 11:47AM

    I suppose this was your brother's idea? Tiny plates, drink lots of water and either cake OR ice cream, but not both.

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DLSMITH9 2/15/2010 11:19AM

    Yeah, I would bring something with you to snack on if possible. You could just tell them that you just don't get full on junk food anymore and need something more substantial. Or offer to bring an actual main course for everyone...

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KEIRSDON4 2/15/2010 11:15AM

    Can u bring something with you, i know that sounds strange but last night my mom had dinner and it was packed with carbs and starches, i brought my own dinner in a ziploc bag and just heated it up i know it looked strange but if i wouldnt have i would have been tempted to eat what they were and i knew it wasnt the path i wanted to take.

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