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#45 - A New Start.

Monday, March 12, 2012

So, the past week and a half haven't been the best. I stopped drinking my water, exercising, and eating clean. I got frustrated because last weekend, I realized something: I allow my boyfriend and myself to derail my progress. Here's how I came to this realization:

Friday March 9th, we were packing up for a short trip. I packed a cooler with water and some other drinks. I brought along a half case of water as well, so I wouldn't have to buy any, and I could get my eight glasses in over the weekend. Even though we were going out of town, I was determined to do my best. We found a hotel with a gym, so that I could use it. As I am packing the half case of water, my boyfriend says, "We don't need to bring that. I don't feel like carrying all this stuff." I told him why I was bringing it, and he still had that look like "We don't need it." So, I put it inside, and we left. I was upset because it was important to me. I didn't want to spend the money to buy more water. However, I gave in, and I was upset that I didn't fight harder for my health. We picked up dinner along the way, and since I was upset, I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted and how much.

Saturday morning, even though I had packed and planned for exercising, I didn't do it. I let that little incident derail my entire weekend. To be honest, I didn't even try to get back on track once I got home. I just kept eating whatever with no exercise although last week was busy. I'm ashamed of myself because I let myself down. I could have chosen to do better, but I let the "All or Nothing" attitude get in the way.

I'm about to go out of town in a few weeks with my Mom. So, I ask you: How do you keep on track when going out of town (I've posted this before, but why not post again!)? Also, how have you dealt with family who haven't chosen not to live your lifestyle? What would you have done in the above situation?


So, I have decided to start a two-week challenge. Starting today (March 12th) to March 26th, I have laid out a plan. My goal is to get through at least two weeks. When the challenge is up, I can choose to continue or I can choose to quit. The choice is mine.

I will work out five days a week (4 days cardio, 4 days ST, & 2 days rest/stretching). I also have planned to eat pretty clean, but I'm not going to kill myself to be 100%. This challenge is ultimately about getting into a exercise routine. Even if I don't eat clean all the time, I want to have a workout routine for the rest of my life. Also, this challenge is to help me with a few other little things I need to work on such a sleep and drinking my water. Lastly, I have chosen not to worry about counting calories. I don't know if this is a good idea, but I'm going to try it since I'm kind of tired of wasting a lot of time tracking.

So, I have Zumba today (yay!), and I have managed to eat pretty well today. Let's hope I can keep myself accountable for at least two weeks! I'm excited!

Hope everyone is having a great day, and thanks for reading!


P.S. Sorry to those of you whose blogs and statuses I comment on every day. Last week was a little hectic, so please forgive me. I hope to do better this week!

  
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MARYONAMISSION 3/14/2012 1:08AM

    I think you should have explained to him why it was so important to you to bring your water. He probably didn't even think it was a big deal or gave it a second thought. Where as to you it was a big deal and it derailed your entire weekend.
Although tough love time, you are a big girl and you can make your own decisions. You could have made the choice to stick to your guns and brought your water and lugged it around yourself. You make the final decisions about what you do for yourself and your body and your health.
I'm glad that you are getting back to clean eating and working out. We are all going to have slip ups on this journey but the key it to get back up when we fall and keep coming back for more.
Good luck!
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TRUEREINVENTED 3/13/2012 9:49PM

    Look after yourself. YOu could have carried your own water. Bottom line is--they have nothing to do with you. Your anger at your boyfriend was why you ate. It doesnt really help your case though, for his support--if you kept eating, didnt use the gym and ate some more after you got home--ya know? He is probably like--well why should I worry about her water, when she wont stick to the plan anyway. Bottom line is--this is nothing about him--and all about you.

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BECCAJ98 3/13/2012 3:44PM

    I have same problem only my enemy is stress which for me makes me not care. So then i do whatever and feel worse because of it. Stick to your challenge.....make it fun and reward yourself!

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SBRAN833 3/13/2012 3:12PM

    I have a 32 oz water bottle with me 99% of the time. Eliminates the excuse that I won't be able to drink my water, and/or over eating because I drink it before any meal...

I went out of town 2 weeks ago and I felt so guilty that I let myself go, eating bad *cough* fast food EW, drinking soda, alcohol, all that jazz, but I had to admit to myself that I made those choices not because someone made them for me, is I had given in, and my self discipline through out the window.

It's hard to stick to your guns, but there are ways around it... easier said than done I know but first, don't let yourself make excuses, and be hard on yourself but "too hard" ... nothing wrong with enjoying your vacations. Also, knowing that it's okay to go off track, it's going to happen. To every single one of us... but it's the satisfaction that comes from getting back in the groove of things because YOU want it that bad. No one else can do it for you :) And knowing that you are strong enough to want that for yourself, is amazing :)

Keep up the good work, your 2 week plan, and don't give up, that way you don't have to "start over" :D Thanks for sharing!!

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ASHESS85 3/13/2012 12:54PM

    I can relate. My boy friend and I totally affect how each other eats. For instance, if he eats unhealthy so do I, if he eats healthy than so do I. lol it's crazy! But...I have learned over the past month that I am my own person and just because he can eat 3 slices of pizza, does not mean I can eat that much and still lose weight. So I think you need to try to remember the same thing. Just because he disagrees about you eating something or wanting to bring water does not mean he is right! I'm sure he loves you...but most men are just so clueless when it comes to eating healthy and losing weight for a woman. I think you will be back on track in no time my friend!

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JORDANA84 3/13/2012 11:21AM

    I swear you and I are so much alike in some ways! My boyfriend also eats unhealthy, and drinks sodas. He complains about skin problems and being a little overweight, yet does nothing about it. When I cook a meat/fish with just veggies and a salad, he asks where's the rest of the food lol. He would literally eat rice AND potaotes with every meal!! So I just have to either ignore it, or cook enough of those things for him and just not put them on my plate (although you can imagine this is harder than it sounds, so it messes me up sometimes).
I think you just have to get to the point where you are SO determined to do this, that you will not allow anything to stop you. Many times I thought I was there, but I let things throw me off and then I'd just quit. This time I am truly ready to do this and I haven't let much throw me off, and if I had one bad day, I'd just back up and keep going and not call it ''starting over'' because I have not quit.
The all or nothing attitude.. I had that. I would think because I ate a cookie, it was all down the drain, and I'd just quit then too. Now I don't do that. If I eat something, it's because I wanted to. We have to learn to have a healthy relationship with food, not think of it as an enemy out to get us. Food doesn't make us eat it, it's all about what we CHOOSE.

You sound like you have a good plan in place. Just pack your own snacks, and food and water, even if it's a smaller cooler or something just for you, and ignore the negativity from anyone else. You are doing this for YOU, for your health! If spark is available to you while you're gone, definitely keep up with it. Log in every single day and try to track your food, or keep it written down in a little notebook to keep yourself accountable.

All of that being said, just remember that you are human. You will not be perfect all the time, and there's nothing wrong with eating some of those things you love, some of the time!

P.S. It's crazy how we have the best advice for others, but none for us ourselves isn't it ??! I wish I had told myself all of these things years ago when I first wanted to lose weight lol emoticon Don't stress emoticon

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WINNIE1978 3/13/2012 5:43AM

    I'm sorry that your boyfriend wasn't getting it with the water... and that it derailed you. It's really tough when you are doing the healthy lifestyle thing alone. Not everyone understands how one small thing, like not packing water, can lead to a derailment of epic proportions. Getting back on track is often more difficult than it should be, but you can do it! Just remember all of the reasons that you want to lose the weight! Good luck with your goals... emoticon

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FITNAPTURAL 3/12/2012 9:08PM

    Aww I'm sorry your boyfriend was a jerk lol. Next time explain why it's important. If he still doesn't want to bring it, consider it him challenging you to get your 8 oz in anyway! Bottled water is relatively expensive in most gas stations and free at most restaurants. No excuses lady! Also, pack lots of healthy snacks. Fruit, protein bars, nuts, etc. When I go out of town I take a bunch of snacks, even if I'm just going to my parents' house. Sometimes they don't have what I need and I don't feel bad about meals if I at least have snacks and drink my water.

As far as exercise, take comfortable walking shoes and take a city tour or just walk to get out of the hotel.

Great plan. definitely do-able. emoticon

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COMMUNITY10 3/12/2012 9:02PM

    Sounds like a crazy week, but I'm so glad to see you back online again. Missed you dearly! Remember, you have to look out for you! If that means dragging 5 lbs of water around, then so be it. I'm excited to hear about your 2 week challenge. You go girl!!

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MARVEEME 3/12/2012 8:40PM

    You deserve better, so make sure you get better.

Mr. Boyfriend should have been mowed down with the first objection. How many thousands of miles have you driven around and carried a spare tire you haven't used? And yet, you wouldn't think of driving without one.

Your water is YOUR fuel.

Learn to hit him with the words he understands. "When we stop for bathrooms and refreshments, mine won't cost a dime, leaving you more to spend on you....but we'll still have to stop for bathrooms and refreshments."

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GIANTMICROBE 3/12/2012 6:35PM

    Awww, I'm sorry that happened. I have been guilty of similar things more often than I could ever possibly count. But I have learned, you do not have to be perfect all the time. You just have to be good most of the time.

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NAIMATANNER 3/12/2012 6:31PM

    I understand. This "lifestyle change" thing is WAY harder than it looks on paper. Sometimes you just don't feel like bothering yourself with it when eating what you want and chilling feels so much better. Keep trying and doing your best. Something is always better than nothing, and you don't have to be perfect to do something.

I have faith in your 2 week plan. YOU CAN DO IT!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 3/12/2012 3:53PM

    Your plan for the next two weeks sounds great. emoticon

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SWEAT-EQUITY 3/12/2012 3:39PM

    When it comes to staying on track when traveling (or just hanging out, too), what works for me is being vocal (even if it is just to one person, for me it's my husband). If it's important to you, say so! If/When your boyfriend basically says "I don't want you to because it's more work for me" then you can respond in one of two ways. 1.) I'll carry it myself or 2.) It's important to me, and I'm taking it with.

Another thing that works GREAT for me is announcing my mini-wins to my husband. This weekend we hung out with his family for 3 days (usually, hanging out is a huge trigger for me food-wise). They ordered a pizza for us because we were baby-sitting their daughters (our nieces) and that's just the usual when we babysit. I had two slices. Normally, I would have scarfed down 4 slices, easy and then snacked just because I could. Saying "Honey, I only ate two slices" and hearing "Great job. You've been trying really hard." is the best motivation for me to be good.

Just remember that, when it comes to your health, what is important to you should reign supreme. If you keep getting resistance, maybe a talk is in order. Just lay it all out on the table that this is something that is important to you, and it's not an easy feat! Support is totally needed.

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MUFFIY831 3/12/2012 3:33PM

    The two week plan sounds great. As for travel, it really is about planning as much as you can. Look up menus online before you go, find local gyms and healthy markets to stock up on water and veggies/fruits for snacking so you're not tempted by the fries, etc. As for dealing with family who don't share your needs - while they're watching TV, you go to the hotel gym. While they're sitting around, you're walking around the property. While they're sleeping in, you are doing pushups and crunches on the floor. While they're ordering crap, you're ordering better food. It is not easy, and you will give in to the ice cream or laziness or whatever on occasion, but do the best you can and you'll see results. Good luck!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/12/2012 3:29PM

    It can be really easy to let people derail you. It's hard for me when I go to my mom's house, because all she has is processed foods everywhere, and her idea of clean eating or healthy eating is drastically unclean and unhealthy. She's just very misinformed and won't listen to anything. So I usually deal by bringing some of my own snacks and such, so I won't be completely reliant on hers. When I go on vacation, I try to research restaurants and such in advance, to get what I think will be the most filling and healthiest foods. On some vacations, I've tracked - to the best of my ability - every bite, and on some, I've relied more on intuitive eating.

But if the people around you are getting you down, it really comes down to two options: approaching them and getting them to see why/how this is important to you, or (if that fails) just doing it anyway. They don't have to understand your choices for you to make them, you know? And no, not every time will it be easy. This past summer, when I was with my in-laws, I had just started my no-fast-food challenge, and one day they drove us in to McDonald's for lunch. Sigh. So I did the best I could, and just moved on. You can do that too. Not everyone will be able to accommodate or understand you or your choices 100% of the time, so just do your best with what you've gone. I know you can do it. :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/12/2012 3:15PM

    Sorry you are feeling down about how you handled things on your trip, but it is in the past and now you can move on :-) I don't have any tips, as I don't travel really, sorry I am sure others will be able to offer good advice.

Your plan sounds like a good one, 2 weeks is enough to decide how you feel after. I know for myself, counting calories, etc can be really tedious and make me stressed out and throw in the towel. Do what works best for you.

Enjoy Zumba!!

Don't apologize, you're busy!

Have a fun trip.


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#44 - Rough Night.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

So yesterday was a good day up until after Zumba. I had eaten well. I had seven cups of water before I went to the gym. Fast forward to Zumba -->

So, I decided to finally start going back to the gym, and yesterday, they had a Zumba class. It was great! I had SO much fun dancing with the instructor and the another lady. I pushed myself pretty hard because what the heck? I guess I had gotten my second wind. During Zumba, I drank four more cups of water. Afterwards, I was feeling great!

When I got in my car to go home, I peeled a banana on the way home. It was warm, so I wasn't too excited to eat it but I did. I drive a bit more and something doesn't feel right. I couldn't tell if my abs were cramping from the workout, or if it was my chest. I keep going though. My chest was on burning so bad! I feel like I'm about to pass out, and I'm nauseated. So, I call my boyfriend to tell him. He tells me to pull over, and he would come get me. I tell him "No, I'm going to get home." (The gym is about 15-20 minutes from my house.) So, he stays on the phone with me until I get home. I left everything in the car and headed straight for the bathroom. Needless to say, I got sick. I felt a little better after that. I attempted to eat dinner, but afterwards, I just felt terrible. So, my boyfriend put me to bed, and he cleaned up the kitchen. I fell asleep almost instantly.

This morning, I am feeling a little better. I decided to skip my morning workout which I didn't want to do, but I just wasn't sure I'd make it. I am not 100%, but I am hoping to be later today. I would really like to keep to my workout schedule.

I'm not sure what happened yesterday. Has anyone else gotten sick if they ate a small snack before and after workouts? I've never had an issue with it before. Also, I took a BC Powder because I had a migraine at lunch and part of the powder went down my wind pipe. My boyfriend thinks that's why my chest was burning so bad. My last idea is that I think I may have gotten a virus. My friend woke up the morning before with a migraine, and she got sick too. It was just so weird. I've never had that before, and the burning chest really scared me.

On another "rough" note, as I was dealing with the above, my Mom told me that my brother is no longer moving back here. He and his wife just had a baby, so money is tight. They have been planning on coming back, so that she could start her chiropractic business down here. They told my Mom that they decided to stay instead. (Long story -- his wife isn't the nicest person.) My Mom was super upset last night, so I was trying to be there for her. The ride to Atlanta (which is where they are) is six hours from here, and my Mom just can't make that trip all the time. (She's getting older.) She was most upset about how she won't get to see her first grandchild grow up. My brother's only solution was that he'd buy her a webcam, and they could Skype, but my Mom only figured it would be like once a week since he barely calls now. I just feel bad for my Mom because she was looking forward to watching the baby during the week.

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So, that was my rough night. I'm just hoping today gets better.

  
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WINNIE1978 3/1/2012 6:55PM

    I've never gotten sick from a snack before or after a workout... but I have gotten sick because of a migraine before.

I hope you are feeling better now!

That sucks about your brother not moving closer now. emoticon

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MARYONAMISSION 3/1/2012 2:53PM

    Wow what a really rough night for your. emoticon
Glad you are feeling better though.
Maybe you can talk to your brother about how your Mom is feeling and see if he will make it a priority to include her more in the baby's life and actually do the webcam thing on a regular basis.
Good luck!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/1/2012 12:59PM

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MARVEEME 3/1/2012 12:48PM

    Bananas are rough for me to digest on an otherwise empty stomach. I get stomach cramps that last a long time if I forget and eat one, say, first thing in the morning, or as you described, just after a vigorous workout. Just sayin.......

Encourage your mom to go the webcam and Skype route. New babies create new habits, especially when trying to calm or entertain a baby, and it will be great for everyone involved to get her started so she can stay in the loop.

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ASHESS85 3/1/2012 10:38AM

    This has happened to before...and it's because I am allergic to bananas or whatever pesticide they use on them, especially if I eat them too fast. I would try to eat a banana again without working out and see if it happens again. If you aren't allergic then I agree with everyone else, you probably overworked yourself and your body wasn't use to it. Glad you are feeling better now, sorry to hear your brother isn't moving back. My boyfriend's mom is going through the same thing with his brother who was living in CA but then moved to Chicago. It sucks.

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 3/1/2012 10:26AM

    I think it was a virus and maybe the workout just kind of brought it out because I'm sure you worked your butt off. I had the same thing, terrible migraine, nauseas, vomiting and other fun bathroom problems lol for like 2 days, it was the worst, my sister, mom and husband had the same thing. I hope you feel better soon. I'm sorry about your family situation, that stinks :(

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POOKASLUAGH 3/1/2012 10:04AM

    I'm sorry to hear about the illness. I think some people have issues with eating/drinking before/after a workout, but if you've never had them before, my thoughts would be that it's a virus. Take it easy on yourself!

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NAIMATANNER 3/1/2012 9:52AM

    Hmmm, you know how contestants of "The Biggest Loser," and people on "I Used to be Fat" often throw up during their first workouts? It's beause it's the first time they're really pushing their bodies to exercise. I wonder if the same thing might have happened to you...maybe you pushed yourself beyhond your limits during that class. Be careful Samantha! I know how much you love working out (and that's so good!), but I think you should ease your way into it so that it's more maintainable long term. Getting really sick after a workout will hardly motivate you to do another one, right?

I'm glad you're feeling better today, that's kind of scary!

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SPRINKLEMELOLA 3/1/2012 9:50AM

    Could you have been too overheated? I've been there, but mine was water...

Also, I had BC Powder get stuck in the back of my throat once and it made me hoarse for DAYS! Burning throat, etc.

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PATTYKLAVER 3/1/2012 9:48AM

    It's never happened to me, but it sounds like it's probably a common occurrence. I'm sorry to hear that your brother won't be moving back. I know it's hard to be away from family, especially when there's a little one involved.

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FOXY13445 3/1/2012 9:40AM

    HOLY CRAP THAT SAME EXACT THING HAPPENED TO ME LAST NIGHT TOO!!! My sickness didnt come til like 2 hours later but after class last night I felt so crappy. It was like a weird pain under my ribcage! I threw up, layed down, took a shower and then slept like COMPLETE CRAP emoticon

Thnakfully feeling better this morning. I too skipped my planned AM workout just incase, pilates later hopefully!

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VEUVEGIRL 3/1/2012 9:24AM

    It has happened to me when I have had a hard workout and a small snack it doesn't agree with me. Keep up working out! You are doing great.

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#43 - I'm Not Giving Up.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

So, the past week has been quite stressful. Like I said in the previous blog, work and family have been really getting to me lately. I stuffed my face yesterday (and today, unfortunately), but I'm not giving up. I'm not letting this job get in the way of putting my health first. I'm not going to allow my family members to derail my progress. I was born to exercise. I was born to eat clean. I was born to be healthy. That's exactly what I am going to do.

So, this weekend while I am out of town, I will be putting together a new plan that includes exercising, eating right, and self-care.

This morning, I read EMFRAPPIER's blog, and it really resonated with me. She said that just having "weight loss" as a goal is not enough. It's not a strong enough goal to make me exercise or eat healthy. That's why she chose to sign up for a race.

The many times I had attempted to "get healthy", my number one goal was to "lose weight". Each time that it was a focus, it always failed for me because I thought "Well, I know I want to lose weight, but I can have this one 'cheat' meal, and I will get back up tomorrow." If I had a more tangible goal, then there wouldn't always be a "I will get back up tomorrow". There would be a deadline. So, I have decided that my tangible goal is to run a 5K. I'm shooting for the race to be in May. I found two that I am looking at. One is May 19th and the other is May 20th. I think this will give me plenty of time get ready if I start on Monday.

So, I have decided to do C25K. For me, I know from the last time I attempted this program that it was easier to do it on the treadmill as I can control my pace. However, since I am running a 5K, I will need to be experienced outside. So, for those of you who have done this program (or are doing it), do you have any advice?

  
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NAIMATANNER 2/27/2012 9:54AM

    GREAT IDEA! I hope training will keep you motivated. I signed up for the C25K also, but never finished the training plan. Let me know how it goes for you!

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MARVEEME 2/24/2012 8:54PM

    YYEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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JEANNINEMM68 2/24/2012 2:02PM

    Good luck with the race. I hope that the stress that you have been feeling gets better. There is nothing worse than feeling that out of control feeling.

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JORDANA84 2/24/2012 9:00AM

    I agree with you here; losing weight can't be the only goal, it's just not motivation enough... hope you figure out what works for you, maybe I'll find an answer for me too :)

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EMFRAPPIER 2/23/2012 7:23PM

    I'm so glad my blog helped!! Good luck on your 5k! You'll do great!! I trained for my first race on a treadmill. If you set it at a 1% incline it is a little closer to outdoor running. You could start with that and add in some outdoor runs closer to race time to get used to the difference. You'll be amazed at how much faster you go when you have the adrenaline on race day. It is such a great feeling and so much fun! Keep us posted on your training!! emoticon

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JADAKNOWLES 2/23/2012 7:23PM

    I'm struggling with focusing on something besides "losing weight" as well. Good luck on running :)

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WINNIE1978 2/23/2012 7:11PM

    Good luck with C25K!

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REVIVINGFAITH 2/23/2012 4:43PM

    I have done part of the couch25K program outside. My recommendation would be to find out where the 5k you want to run is, and scope out the terrain. Is it possible for you to run that same route or a route nearby it with the same landscape? If not, another part of town with similar landscape. I would also check their rules on having electronics. I've heard a lot of races don't allow Mp3 players. And when you're training, don't let rain deter you from going out there and doing it, at least not all the time. You basically want to be prepared for varied conditions and varied terrain, trying to simulate the day of the race.

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MISTYBLUE716 2/23/2012 4:26PM

    This is awesome. You're right..losing weight is only a little part of the whole scheme here....it's a lifestyle change..its mental..emotional..and then physical. You can totally do this!!!!!!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 2/23/2012 4:19PM

    I've only managed to do the C25K program indoors. I run too fast outdoors and can't seem to slow down. Plus the place where i run is all hills and trails. Makes it difficult.

Last year, my big goal was to lose 50 lbs to earn my honeymoon/cruise. That kept me going for a really long time. Maybe I need to have a specific goal and reward in mind this year...

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TESSABEAR428 2/23/2012 3:28PM

    OH! And for the 5k I signed up for, I didn't get a "bib." That made me a little sad. I would say make and bring your own just in case they don't have them for yours. I think that could be a fun and motivating way to keep on track. You could make one and hang it somewhere in your room/house/apartment/etc. so you will see it to remind you why you need to train.

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TESSABEAR428 2/23/2012 3:24PM

    I'm sorry that stess has been getting the best of you lately. I hope you can find ways to get through your rough patch in a healthy way. I think creating a new "tailored to you" plan is a great idea. Additionally, I think having a goal (races are great!) other than weight loss is fantastic! I did the same thing with signing up for the half marathon. I paid $55 for the registration, $60 for new shoes, and another $60 for new workout clothes for training. So if I decided to skip out on my half marathon, I would have blown $175 for nothing!

I did my first 5k training on the treadmill as well. Just so I could make sure I wasn't doing more than a 20min/mile pace. I had a time goal of I think 50-55 minutes, so just under 20min miles. I found that having a heart rate monitor is helpful for any and all types of exercise. Also, it is IMPERATIVE to have the right shoes that fit you and your running/walking style. I did a lot of interval training which I think helped. I ran/walked my first 5k in 40 mins! That's 10-15 mins better than what my treadmill was saying. I think it helped to see others there running (and not wanting some people... i.e. a 70 year old woman... pass me). I had such a great "runner's high" afterward! If you do one towards the end of May (19th or 20th), you will have 13 weeks from this Sunday for training. I think that is completely doable.

Congrats for taking this step also! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!

Tanya

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/23/2012 3:20PM

    I love your attitude! Very cool about signing up for a 5K!! :-) I am feeling the same way as you are right now, I need something to keep me on track beside vague goals like 'lose weight' or 'be healthy'. I've gotta think of something like yours!


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#42 - Help!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

So yesterday was a little stressful after I posted the "Happiness" blog.

Work is stressful because no one knows how to do their job. It's a family-owned business, so every person in the family feels as though the employees work for them (even though it's not really like that).

Yesterday, I went from lunch (1:30ish) to about 8pm without eating. I was just so busy. At 8pm, my stomach was hurting, so my boyfriend and I went to the Mexican restaurant that I love. Needless to say, I ate the chips, salsa, and cheese dip. Also, I ordered what I usually ordered which probably isn't calorie friendly. However, I guess since I waited so long, after the first few bites of dinner, I felt sick. Maybe it was because I knew that I didn't make the right choice. Maybe it was that I waited too long to eat.

I was lazy last night about getting my food ready this morning. I got up at 6:55am to get my food ready, but I ended up forgetting a bowl, so I guess I'm not eating breakfast.

I was supposed to get up at 5:30am to do Day 3 and Body Rock, but I chose to go back to sleep.

I'm exhausted and sore. I don't really want to eat healthy today.

I get in moods like this. I'm sabotaging myself. Why do we do it? The last few weeks have been pretty good (minus weekends). Why do I want to sabotage all my progress? How do you get past this?

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WINNIE1978 2/23/2012 6:10PM

    I wish I knew the answer to the sabotaging thing... I fall into that trap sometimes too. Hang in there!

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TRUEREINVENTED 2/23/2012 12:33PM

    This is a journey. NOT a bus ride we get off and on when we feel like it. Its a daily action of choices. Today, do better. Do better more often, and the results will show up in their time.

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NAIMATANNER 2/23/2012 12:27PM

    I think this situation happens to all of us...we wake up with the best intentions, and then can't keep up the motivation to make the right healthy choices when stress/soreness/business and life intervenes. I think you have the right idea to just focus on the progress you've made so far. If you are really healthy, but not so healthy on the weekends, it's still better than never eating healthy, right? You should still see results with this plan. I think the problem is that we try to do too much too soon to see results too fast. We just have to keep trying until something finally works.

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MARVEEME 2/23/2012 7:53AM

    Go to the nearest mirror and have a chat with the girl in the mirror. Tell her what you want her to do.....and do it. Don't let her stand in your way of your goals.

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GOOBERIFIC1 2/23/2012 6:46AM

  if you're tired and sore, maybe you should take a day or two off from exercise, and try to focus on your meals again. for me, it's SO hard to find that balance of exercise, food, sleep... and life!

can you stash a few healthy snacks in your desk at work, so that you don't have to go so long before eating? i know if i wait that long to eat, my stomach gets sore after a few bites too, it's so weird. don't beat yourself up, today is a new day!

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MARYONAMISSION 2/22/2012 6:58PM

    Like everyone else said, don't beat yourself up. You need to be kind to yourself when you are going through hard times. It's good that you are aware that you are sabotaging yourself. Definitely try to get to the root of this. Only you can change your mindset. The longer you work on this and eating right and adding exercise the easier it will get.
Good luck!

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BEELALA93 2/22/2012 4:01PM

    Oh gosh, as you know I'm feeling exactly the same. I have no idea why we do it to ourselves but it's so frustrating, especially when you have a positive streak that's messed up slightly from a dip. Remember what you told me though, try to do at least one weight loss positive activity a day. 10 minutes of exercise and lots of water is better than nothing. And if you do slip up, don't punish yourself. Just start the next day fresh. emoticon

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CHICKENCHASER78 2/22/2012 1:19PM

    I think you have some great responses already... Just know that it does happen and to try and not beat yourself up for it. I have a problem with this also. I have to reflect on why I think I'm sabotaging myself. What is going on at the time? I'm finding the more prepared I am the better. I have to ask myself just how much do I really want to change and realize that the more I allow myself to fall into a sabotaging funk the more I'll stay the same.

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BECKYB73 2/22/2012 12:02PM

    It's important to have a Plan B or even a Plan C when it comes to missing meals. I used to work all day without eating and then come home and devour everything in my house that wasn't nailed down. This is, of course, a HUGE no-no, but it's what my father did and since he was pretty much responsible for helping to shape my work ethic, I feel into the trap too.

So when I started this journey I decided I needed to make time for meals, or at least have some quick, easy to make food items on hand. Enter Jimmy Dean D'Light breakfast sandwiches...OMG, they are so good, filling and reasonable in the calorie department. I buy several 4 packs and keep one at home and bring the other to work. I keep them in our Break Room freezer and always have one for breakfast when I get to work. This is much easier than even doing a breakfast smoothie. For lunches I buy lean cuisines or another type of frozen meal and keep an extra or two on hand at work, for when I may not have anything "fresh" to make.

Now, I'm not always perfect with my freezer management, so I've had times where I was out of my these things. Which led me to taste testing various protein bars. I found Balance Bar Golds; the chocolate mint and s'more kinds are AMAZINGLY good and when I have a chocolate mint, I feel like I'm cheating, they taste just like thin mints or grasshoppers. I also get the whole grain mini-mac n cheese cups if I need something in a pinch.

Are these options the most healthy things I could eat...probably not. But they fit in my calorie range AND it's better than totally yukking up my metabolism and digestive system by fasting for huge spans of time.

I hope that you can use some of these tips to help you through this rough patch.

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/22/2012 11:55AM

    emoticon If you find the answer let me know. I keep doing that too.

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MNGIRLIE 2/22/2012 11:08AM

    One bad day or decision will not be the end of you so try not to be too hard on yourself. I know this is easy for me to say because I know how to beat myself up pretty good.

I know that when I'm tired and haven't eaten for a long time then I make poor choices food-wise. Get back at it now and move forward. Plus... skipping breakfast may make for more poor choices during the day. Couldn't you scarf down a granola bar or something?

Hang in there girlie.

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BECCAJ98 2/22/2012 10:45AM

    One bad day is not the end of the world. If it was I would never get anywhere because I have lots of them. Just make the rest of today the best you can!

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TESSABEAR428 2/22/2012 10:32AM

    I agree with the rest of the comments. The first step is admission! You can do this. One small change and one small step at a time. emoticon

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WALKING_WONDER 2/22/2012 9:55AM

    Don't beat yourelf up. At least you know that you are doing it, so you can work on trying to figure out what will work out best for you to try to get out of it. As they say, knowing is half the battle!

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POOKASLUAGH 2/22/2012 9:35AM

    Like I said in a comment on your status, for me, I have to look at the roots of self-sabbotage and find out why I'm doing it. Usually the roots lie in pressure. I feel pressure to perform a certain way, and I'm scared that I won't be able to do it, so I go out of my way to make sure i won't do it, in order to know the result ahead of time. So I can't disappoint myself or anyone else. I don't like the unknown. I don't mind pressures or challenges as long as i know I can perform them well. As soon as they become uncertain, though, I'd rather sabotage and know that I'll fail, because at least I know. I have control. It comes back to that - control, fear, and pressure to perform. So for me, whenever I start self-sabotaging, I have to back away from the things that are causing me to do it, even if that means quitting challenges or other drastic measures. So far, that's the only way I've found to deal with it.

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SRBULLARD1 2/22/2012 8:36AM

    First of all don't beat yourself up. I know I keep saying this. but I really believe it: this is an exit ramp off the fit highway. We ALL take them. Sometimes it is to rest, sometimes it is because we are a little lost BUT we don't live at these off ramps. We visit them, eat some crappy road food and then check our maps and get back on the road headed for our destination.
I think you are stressed at work (I have a legendary temper when it comes to dealing with people who won't do their job - so I get the frustration). It can be mind numbing and maddening. Seriously, not kiddig here, I think some kickboxing would be awesome for you or find a heavy bag or karate bob to beat on until you are smoked.
Keep your head up girl. You have come too far and work too hard to let a detour derail you. You are AWESOME. Claim it for yourself.

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KRYANPRINCESS 2/22/2012 8:36AM

    Try not to be to hard on yourself, we all have these moments, and it sucks. I know I mentally tend to beat myself up about it cause I know it's not good, and there is that fear that we will backslide and mess up all of our progress. But here is the truth...You have not undone all your work with one bad day...it's okay to have a bad day....You have to mentally change your own attitude and say, OK I got off track for a min, what can I learn about it and what can I do now...and then you just keep trying to follow the path you need to.

There is def no perfect science to any of this in my opinion. I still have my moments, this Sunday, I didn't move, at all, I mean Like I only got in maybe 1500 steps! and I'm pretty sure I ate a total of two boxes of Girl Scout Cookies...then had bbq and scarfed so bad that I was ill afterwards. But Monday was a new day....Just as today is a new day. Improvise, you need a bowl, is there a cup somewhere, another option available?

U can do it! It will get better! emoticon I'm rooting for you!!

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#41 - Lots of Happiness!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wow, so I haven't really blogged since sometime last week. I didn't have much to say, but today, I am full of good news!

Monday:

- Drank 8 cups of water.
- I didn't get much sleep (boo).
- I made an exercise plan for the week which meant that I re-did Day 1 of the 28-Day Boot Camp.
- I also tried out my first ever Body Rock (See below)!!!

My first ever Body Rock - the "Butt Buster". Oh yeah. (Thanks to Chrissy for suggesting these "beginner" workouts!) The Gym Boss was a little confusing a first, but I got the hang of it. Also, I really enjoyed doing it with Zuzana. I like when trainers do it with you. By the way, I modified everything. Here are my scores (Don't laugh!):

- Elevated Left Leg Lunge Jump (No Jump): 21, 15, 15
- Elevated Right Leg Lunge Jump (No Jump): 17, 15, 17
- Elbow Plank Side Hops (No Hop): 12, 19, 15
- Exploding Star (Half-way Down): 15, 16, 13
- Pendulum: 18, 18, 17
- Ab Buster (Modified): 11, 15, 28

I don't think I did too bad. I was drenched with sweat, and I was exhausted by the end of it. I did the 28-Day Boot Camp (Day 1) afterwards, so needless to say, I was tired. However, after I did Body Rock, I was completely in awe over the fact that my body could do it. I felt so strong and healthy. I'm not terribly sore though, but that's probably because I modified things. I'm just happy I was able to make it through. I woke up this morning on wanting to do another Body Rock, but I decided to do it just three times this week just to get the hang of it.

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This morning, I got up at 5:30am (WOW!) to do Day 2 of the Boot Camp as well as Level 1 of Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown. I'm not as thrilled with the Yoga Meltdown as I thought I'd be. To be honest, it was seemed really hard. There were several times I felt like giving up, but I found a way to push through. I need to get a yoga mat before next week since that's when I'm supposed to do it again. Hopefully, I will grow to like it. It's the same movements from my Body Flow (Tai Chi, Yoga, & Pilates) class at the Gym which I loved. I think I just miss being in the class.

Lastly, as I have written on my status, I am officially an aunt! My sister-in-law gave birth at 3:30am to a precious baby girl! Her name is Alexis. I'm hopefully going to Atlanta this weekend to meet her!

  
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GOOBERIFIC1 2/23/2012 6:50AM

  congrats again on the niece!! i loooove new babies!

hubby got me the yoga meltdown, but i haven't tried it yet. maybe next week. i'll have to check out this Body Rock thing too!

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COMMUNITY10 2/21/2012 8:25PM

    LOVE the positive attitude!!

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WINNIE1978 2/21/2012 6:41PM

    Way to go with the exercise and water!

Congrats on your new niece!

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JORDANA84 2/21/2012 3:59PM

    Woohoo on the great workouts AND the new niece!! She is too adorable... pics of babies always make me (kinda) want another, but 2 is quite enough lol!
Bodyrock is awesome, some of them are hard but if you modify to what you can do, it works out.... I have a few bookmarked that I still need to try, probably tomorrow, I'll let ya know how it goes! And again, way to go, you are rocking everything! emoticon

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SRBULLARD1 2/21/2012 2:56PM

    YAY! :)

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WALKING_WONDER 2/21/2012 2:18PM

    What a precious baby!

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NAIMATANNER 2/21/2012 1:46PM

    emoticon What a beautiful little girl! How sweet! Good for you for making an exercise plan and doing it. Make sure you give yourself enough time to recover and rest though...you don't want to burnout before you see the great benefits. Keep us posted on your progress!

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/21/2012 1:22PM

    Awesome job, you are doing great. Yay on being an Aunt, cute little baby!

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BECCAJ98 2/21/2012 12:49PM

    Way to go on exercise and water!

Congratulations Aunt!!!!!

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ASHESS85 2/21/2012 12:15PM

    Wow getting up at 5:30am? You rock! I have tried to do that for a LONG time and just can't get my butt out of bed! So happy that you are an aunt! She is adorable.

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MNGIRLIE 2/21/2012 10:19AM

    Yay!! Congrats to you auntie!! I'm a super doting auntie too.

You're making me itch to try out a bodyrock workout. I've been eyeing up a gymboss too.

Glad you had a great time with the workouts.

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