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My experience going back to my boxing gym

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I have been on hiatus from my boxing gym for about a year. When I injured my knee a little over a year ago, I started to put on weight because I couldn't work out like before. I cancelled my membership because I needed to rehabilitate my knee. Then, when I was physically capable of resuming boxing workouts, I had gained about 40 pounds and I was too embarrassed to go back to the gym, even though I missed boxing terribly. I decided enough is enough, and that nothing would get me back into top shape faster than going back to my boxing gym. I returned last week.

So here's what happened when I walked back in the gym last Monday:
Everyone turned and stared at me, their eyes wide. People were pointing and chuckling, whispering to each other, "Wow, she's gotten so FAT!" My coach came up to me, a look of disgust on his face, and he asked why I bothered coming back since I'm so fat. And then he threw his head back with an evil laugh: "BWAH HAHAHAHA!"

Yes, that is exactly how it went in my head.

And then, in real life, I walked into the gym and my boxing coach walked over to me with a big smile on his face. "Hey, how've you been? How's your knee?" We chatted and caught up, and I asked him if he was going to go easy on me since I was just getting back. He laughed heartily. I made it through class and it felt great to punch things again! I plan on going 3 times a week, for a 30-60 minute boxing class followed by a kettlebell and strength training circuit. Last week 1 torched 1,500 calories each workout! My knee is still too bad to return to kicking, but I can really get good at punching at this rate.

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LULUONTHEMOVE 3/14/2011 12:13AM

  Way to Go Erin. I am so happy you are back at kick boxing. It was a tough class and I would enjoy doing it again. Maybe we can make a time to go together. Keep up the fabulous job emoticon

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GABENSEBSMOM 3/9/2011 1:16PM

    Way to go on getting back to it! Boxing is so much fun! Hope your knee is 100% better soon! emoticon emoticon

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DEELYNNE1 3/9/2011 11:00AM

    Isn't it amazing how often our imaginations mess us up worse than anything that really happens to us? Good for you for going back to the gym despite your imaginings and good for them for welcoming you back so warmly! Take care and be good to your knee.

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APIRLRAIN888 3/8/2011 10:29PM

    woohooo need motivation?

lol do you know about my virtual relay around the world? and just added mission to SPACE!
add your mileage any mileage in 2011 to our 28,000 around the world trip!

and fitness minute 2011 to get to pluto 12,300,000 mins away!

links and info in my blog!

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GEMINIAN1 3/8/2011 7:44PM

    Good news, good news!
Glad to hear you're back at the gym.
(I hope your knee heals up soon.)
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The scale is moving too fast!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Yep, I said it.

I lost 4 pounds the week before and 3 pounds this past week, and have been losing steadily over the past couple of months. There wasn't even any great reason for having such big losses; I ate within my calorie range (on average, 2,000 calories/day) and worked out 4 days each week (burning a total of about 1,700 calories each week). While I am anxious to have all 136 pounds gone forever, I am very purposely trying to lose slowly. I am trying to keep it between 1-2 pounds per week, preferably closer to the 1 pound mark. On average, I'd like to lose 5 pounds per month.

Some of the reasons I am focusing on s l o w weight loss:

1) I want to preserve lean muscle mass. Losing more than 2 pounds per week (or at my heavier weight, more than 1% of body weight per week) means that some muscle mass is being lost in addition to fat loss. I don't just want to lose the weight, I want my body to be prepared to keep it off. That means having as much lean muscle tissue as possible when I reach my goal weight.

2) I want to have as little loose skin as possible when I reach my goal weight. I have over 100 pounds to lose, so I am bound to have some loose skin. Losing slowly means my body will have more time to let my skin catch up to the changes in my body fat and muscle.

3) Balancing athletic-style training and weight loss has become really important to me. I don't want to crash-and-burn, so I want to make sure my body has what it needs for intense workouts. If I'm losing too rapidly, then I'm not fueling my muscles correctly. It's more important to me to be fit and be able to exercise than it is to be thin.

4) General livability. Losing rapidly probably means I need to add a couple of healthy snacks a day, and who's going to argue with that?

So, while a couple of big losses aren't a biggie, I will make some adjustments with my eating if I have another big loss this week. Maybe I was just letting go of a lot of water weight over the past couple of weeks, but I don't want a sustained pattern of large losses. I have finally learned to relax and enjoy the journey, so there's no rush to get to the finish line. I want to stay across the finish line when I get there.

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ANNIEBANANIE80 2/28/2011 5:52PM

    Congrats! I agree you have an amazing attitude!

You will figure out what your body needs...

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ALISHAB3 2/28/2011 1:12PM

    I lost big in the beginning, don't worry about it.

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LEONALIONESS 2/28/2011 10:45AM

    FFS. Stupid SP. Sorry for the TRIPLE post...

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LEONALIONESS 2/28/2011 10:45AM

    Grrrr...

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LEONALIONESS 2/28/2011 10:44AM

    You're doing so great and your healthy attitude is super inspirational. I need to channel some of that! ;)

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BECKYANNE1 2/28/2011 10:31AM

    I love your attitude! You can do it! emoticon

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LEN_VERSION32 2/28/2011 6:13AM

    wow! Great attitude!! You make some valid points! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 2/28/2011 12:30AM

    awesome keep at it

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MISSME1223 2/27/2011 9:39PM

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I know you will figure it out!

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ELLYFINT 2/27/2011 7:39PM

    I like your attitude: slow and steady. :) I think it's great that you're being so disciplined and the results are clearly showing! KUDOS. I need to learn from you. I just don't do enough and haven't really lost much weight since I began seriously making changes about a week ago. :)

Good luck to you on your healthful journey!



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AARONSGIRL420 2/27/2011 3:02PM

    I need to borrow some of your attitude. I have been stuck in the same number for a while and can't seem to shake it and am itching to move down and you would be more than satisfied to sit back and take it easy.

This is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you for a new perspective and excellent reasons supporting it.

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KARIRDH3 2/27/2011 2:59PM

    REALLY liked your blog. It's great to see the numbers fly but you're right, slow and steady wins the race! Great attitude! emoticon

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Money Makeover!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

When I did WeightWatchers 5 years ago, I really did learn a lot about myself and how to take better care of myself. But nothing has changed my relationship with myself like SparkPeople. I have always been a fairly disorganized person, with everything from having a messy house to missing bill due dates to running around for 15 minutes looking for keys, in tears of frustration with myself. I would have large piles of mail that needed to be sorted, not a clean dish in sight, and I could never find important documents. In the midst of the chaos, I got behind on bills. Combine that with major cuts in my hours at work with being a full-time student...and, well, last year was a financial disaster. Back in August 2010, I set some goals to get more organized and started tracking them. I was far from perfect, but I would have been much worse had I not had some sort of plan. I have slowly built up to be more organized.

And it paid off--literally! Today I paid off TWO credit cards! No more harassing phone calls, no more stress over the money. It was a major step for me to be able to plan to pay them off and then actually do it. Now I just need to keep up with my finances and keep tracking with SparkSavings and stick carefully to my budget, and I should be golden!

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MISSME1223 2/23/2011 11:17PM

    that's so awesome! good for you!!
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BIGGIRL2082010 2/23/2011 8:44PM

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That is a very significant achievement - congratulations! Stick with it, and you WILL see even more impressive results!

Cheers,
Maya

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TEAWONDERFUL 2/23/2011 8:05PM

    Congrats! That's a great feeling. Keep up the good work.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/23/2011 7:09PM

    that is very cool!!!! great job! you sounded like me! on think I can't do is behind bill, hubby ocd about that! his credit is on the line

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ANNIEBANANIE80 2/23/2011 5:40PM

    Congrats!! I can sympathize on the finances and weight.

Great Job!

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EMMANYC 2/23/2011 5:15PM

    Congratulations! That must be such a huge relief, and very satisfying to have tackled and resolve a major challenge in you life.

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PUM088KIN 2/23/2011 4:13PM

    That's wonderful! Keep it up!

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JULIENMM 2/23/2011 4:12PM

    Good job! There are two things in my life that I never had any control over and that was my weight and my finances. I started on Dave Ramsey's program 4 years ago and paid off all our debt (except the house) and started saving. Now I joined SP on 1/3/11 and am tackling the weight issue.

You can do it!!

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SLINFOOT 2/23/2011 4:07PM

  That is great news. Sparkspeople isn't just for losing weight. Keep up the great work.

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Kashi GoLean Chocolate n' Peanut Butter Treat

Monday, February 21, 2011

I was craving chocolate and peanut butter last night, so I came up with this recipe, and it was very satisfying! I also had some air-popped popcorn that was drizzled with 2 tsp. of olive oil and sprinkled with a little popcorn salt. Better than the theater treats!

Kashi GoLean Chocolate n' Peanut Butter Treat

15 Minutes to Prepare and Cook

Ingredients

1/2 cup Kashi GoLean Original Cereal
1 Tbsp Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 Tbsp Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth)
1/2 tsp Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread

Directions:
Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and Earth Balance over very low heat or in a double boiler. Stir while melting to combine. Stir in cereal and coat with chocolate mixture. Drop by the teaspoonful into an 8"x8" pan. Put in refrigerator until set.

Makes 1 serving. May wish to keep in refrigerator until ready to eat because it can get a little melty. Enjoy!

Number of Servings: 1

Nutritional Info: Servings Per Recipe: 1; Calories: 192.4; Total Fat: 9.1 g; Cholesterol: 0.0 mg; Sodium: 85.9 mg; Total Carbs: 25.5 g; Dietary Fiber: 6.0 g; Protein: 9.0 g

Here's a link to the recipe:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=1494241


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MISSME1223 2/23/2011 11:14PM

    mmmmm...that sounds yummy! 2 of my favorites...chocolate and peanut butter

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SIRIRADHA 2/21/2011 3:54PM

    Oh man, that looks good! Wish I would've had this recipe yesterday when I scarfed down a Snickers!

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FRAN0426 2/21/2011 2:59PM

    Sounds yummy, I will have to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

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PLAYBLUES22 2/21/2011 5:36AM

    Thank you Sweetie I made sure to save it to my cook book emoticon

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LADY_JOSIELOT 2/21/2011 3:10AM

    Sounds amazing. Thanks! :)

- Josie

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DIANEMCVEY 2/21/2011 2:44AM

    As a chocoholic this sounds wonderful. Yummy!!!

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DIANEM120 2/21/2011 2:24AM

    Thanks for sharing that treat! It sounds wonderful and I will be making it the next time I crave something sweet.

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S.O.F.A.R.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A friend of mine, who has lost over 100 pounds, shared an article with me a while ago from O magazine. Dr. Martha Beck, a life coach, had written an article on incorporating relaxation into weight loss plans. She discusses the mnemonic S.O.F.A.R. and that it can serve as a reminder to relax and be kind to yourself.

My friend shortened the S.O.F.A.R. mantra to:

Stop your thoughts.
Open up your vision and relax.
Forgive your body for not being what you want it to be.
Accept your body for what it is right now.
Recommit yourself to whatever diet plan you're following.

I keep a copy of this on a note card, posted in my kitchen. It helps me remember to relax and that I do not deserve to be punished because of my body or my food choices.

Here's the link to the article in O magazine:
www.oprah.com/health/Diet-Advice-Mar
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LOSTLIME 2/21/2011 12:26PM

    thanks for sharing! It really made me think. I will plan on implimenting some of these things in my life.

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M_DOBREV 2/20/2011 7:58PM

  WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this. This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. I am so going to "steal" this from you and put it in my journal so that I can always come back to it.
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FRAN0426 2/20/2011 4:16PM

    A positive look at what many forgot---relax, we all make choices good and bad. We need to relax and take the choices we make and leqarn from them and not get down on ourselves ----relax is good, just keep trying to get better from learning from what we are doing

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MISSME1223 2/20/2011 2:21PM

    It's good to take time to just "be" ...sometimes we forget to do that.

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ASHLIE224 2/19/2011 2:09PM

    This is great. I use things like this to journal and help keep myself on track. Thank you for the positive message. =)

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