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Sometimes you have to ask for help

Monday, November 08, 2010

OK, so I slowly inched away from sparkpeople, and now I'm inching back in. I gained a lot of weight back, but have been consistent with my workouts, doing an hour a day with one rest day a week. But I wasn't able to stop gaining weight.

I joined a gym a couple weeks ago with the intention of just mixing up my routines now that the winter weather is on it's way and I won't be jogging outside anymore. But the gym membership came with a free session with a personal trainer. I decided to splurge and buy two more sessions making a total of three. Maybe the $$$$ spent would motivate me to handle my eating issues.

She was so awesome! She spent extra time with me since she didn't have another appointment, and even though she's a trainer and not a nutritionist, she had some great insight into my problem. After talking with me about my food issues she suggested that I'm probably addicted to sugar and that my two-days-on then rest-of-the-week-off diets were from me going cold turkey on the sugar.

emoticon emoticon emoticon - the vegan versions are just as high in calories!

All week I've been eating a little less sugar and I've been eating it earlier in the day from either a natural source, like fruit, or something that at least has some other health benefit - like a sweet protein shake.

Ever since that session, I haven't binged! I've felt better, I'm not hungry (eating about 1800 cals a day this week) and I'm having a blast trying new things! I've done spinning, powerflex classes, elliptical, interval training, it's awesome!

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The best thing is that as a trainer, she's got great ideas but is working for my needs. I don't need weekly sessions the rest of my life, I just need a couple at this time in my life to help me stay motivated and get back on track and that's what she is doing. I have two more sessions, one in a couple weeks and then another one I'm hoping right before Christmas at which point I should be in the right direction again.

Oof - long post. That's what happens if I go more than a month without blogging.

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MUGGLE_MOM 11/10/2010 1:03PM

    Welcome Home Carissa!

Sounds like your trainer is a keeper. I am so glad that you found her.

Sorry to hear about the gains, but I'm mucho impressed that you kept up your exercise streak. You can do this. I know you can!

Wishing you well!!!!

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LINWINAGAIN 11/9/2010 6:06PM

    good job Carissa! glad to see you back and I love your picture! so upbeat! You can do whatever you set your mind on girl! emoticon

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Setting mini-goals

Sunday, August 22, 2010

OK, trying something new.

Instead of one big weight-loss ticker, each week or so, whenever I feel the time is right, I am completely re-setting my ticker for a new weight loss goal. Once I hit that goal, I set a new goal. So last weeks ticker showed starting at 142 (event though the REAL start was 152 like 1.5 years ago!) it now shows 137.

This keeps me honest (no going back "up" the scale) and is akin to throwing out the "fat" jeans.

Hope this works, it seems much less stressful and I don't need a big weight-loss goal bringing me down. I'm in my healthy BMI and just want to get back to my "comfort" weight of 125, NO BIG DEAL!

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DHSPARK 8/22/2010 12:09PM

    That's a difference approach. Sounds like it's working for you!


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WELLNESSME09 8/22/2010 11:36AM

    emoticonwishing you the very best, hope it works for you! emoticon emoticon

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One animal harmed in the making of an otherwise vegan meal

Thursday, August 19, 2010

That animal was me! A binge of cookies, soy ice cream, chips, granola bars and cereal.
All vegan, only animal harmed was me. So is it still vegan?

Oh well. Proud of myself for sticking to me new vegan values but dissapointed in my binge. How many times must I do this to myself before I learn? All year this has been an issue! 1-2 weeks of feeling great then out of no where, binge! Yeesh!


1 Week as a Vegetarian - Reflections

Friday, August 13, 2010

Yesterday finished my one week experiment as a vegetarian. During this week I have also educated myself on vegetarian and vegan lifestyles to help me decide which is best for me. I have decided that I am going to aim for a "Practical Vegan" lifestyle. I will refrain from eggs and dairy in my home and when dining out. But if the choice of dinner at a restaurant is a plain salad (chilled lettuce anyone?) and adding some bread that may contain egg and dairy, I'm having the bread. If it's my Dad's bday this weekend (it is!) then I'm going to have a small slice of cake.
I don't like the way factory farming treats dairy cows and chickens but the truth is that I'm human and I'm not turning my world completely upside down. My biggest issue is not so much the treatment of animals (although that is reason enough) or my health (I'm thinking it's a little harder to eat healthy and balanced meals asa vegan) but the environment.
These animals consume so many resources and create so much waste. By giving up milk and dairy I can help in a large way. But eating an egg or two at a special occasion isn't going to send the world into a downward spiral of soylent green cruisine either.

Anyhoo - eating up my last couple boiled eggs today and the last of my kefir milk tomorrow. I still have a couple weeks of cheese left, but after that! Vegan, baby!
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MUGGLE_MOM 8/13/2010 6:06PM

    I fully agree. We went Veggie for personal reasons and stayed that way for the ones you listed. I'm glad that its working out for you. Have a super week and please pass along any great recipes that you come across!

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LUCYBEE73 8/13/2010 10:25AM

    Good for you, Carissa! I haven't had poultry, pork or beef in 14 years and I love eating that way. Lately I've been considering giving up fish and shellfish, too, considering how much overfishing is ruining our ocean ecosystems. You've inspired me to give it a try.
Have a great day - keep on sparking!

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Veggie Fest 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010

For a couple of years now I've been considering becoming vegetarian, but dismissed it as being too difficult. I'd feel a little guilty every time I ate meat, but it tasted so good, and I would try just not to think about it too much.

But over the past few months I've been incorporating vegetarian meals into my "rotation" and finding them as delicous as all my other non-vegetarian dishes. And early last week I learned that this weekend was Veggie Fest, a free vegetarian festival just minutes from my house. So I told myself Thursday that I would try a week as a vegetarian and see how I felt about it, but after today I can almost promise it's gonna stick. I'm even going to try to transition to vegan over time, but I'm not really up to throwing out my milk, cheese and eggs. I'm just going to try transitioning over time as I run out.

Veggie Fest was so much FUN though! Yes, they discussed animal cruelty and other "messy" topics, but for the most part it was a celebration of delicious food, great music from around the world and speakers sharing their knowledge of a vegetarian lifestyle. I had a blast and am bringing everyone I know next year, lol!

AND - I donated blood for the first time! What a fulfilling day!

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/9/2010 7:53AM

    Glad you had fun! Keep us posted on the veggie lifestyle, and please please post any yummy veg recipes that you come across. I'm always looking for new ideas :-)

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