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#50 - I Hit that Wall.

Monday, April 23, 2012

So, as some of you have noticed, I haven't been on Spark in about a week. I felt bad about it because one of my jobs as a friend is to be there for each and every Spark friend I have because honestly, I think the world of you all, and each of you has been there for me when I needed you the most. For that, I am so very grateful. So, I am sorry for the lapse of friendship on my part last week.

Last week was a bit hectic. My boyfriend's grandfather came into town on Thursday for a visit. So, last week was my cleaning time. Although I was going to just clean up enough for him, I ended up spring cleaning - dusting, vacuuming under things, throwing/donating things we don't use. The apartment looks great, and honestly, I feel much better about the place. I love a clean home.

Not only was I rushing to get the cleaning done, but I also hit a wall. A "healthy living" wall. Here's what I mean:

- Phase 1: I decide I am ready to change. I research. I plan out food. I plan out my exercise schedule. I'm excited. Lots of motivation. I'm on Spark People like 3-4 hours a day. Woo hoo!

- Phase 2: About a month into it, I'm tired. I'm still motivated, but it's not like phase 1. I'm missing morning workouts because I am exhausted. I think "hey, I missed my morning workout, maybe I will try to do something in the evening." Sometimes, life happens, and it's not possible. Sometimes, I am just lazy.

- Phase 3: I try to reestablish my motivation by redoing eating and exercise plans. It might work for a week or two.

- Phase 4: I give up. I'm back to being lazy and eating crappy.

Basically, I'm at Stage 4.

I hate this because deep down, I know I want this. I want to lose weight. I want to be healthy. I want energy. I want to choose smaller portions and healthy items without a second glance. I want to be a runner. I want to make exercise a daily part of my life.

My problem is that my motivation is gone. I've reduced the above to simply a dream. This is what I go through every time I attempt to get healthier. I don't have much of a tangible support system, so that doesn't help. I get discouraged when after being dedicated, I don't see or feel much of a change. I'm still bloated even though I watch my salt. My pants are tight. I hate how I look in the mirror. My energy level remains low.

I'm sorry for whining/complaining. It's just this is where I'm at. This is why I truly haven't been on because I am ashamed I am giving up. It's just hard. Maybe I'm not fit for it.

Again, I am thankful for those of you who have stuck by me the last few months. I truly appreciate it.

  
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MARVEEME 4/26/2012 7:43AM

    You deserve better.....you must treat yourself to some healthy habit every day, and remind yourself while doing it that YOU DESERVE THE BEST. If it wasn't food 100 years ago, it still isn't, so don't eat it. Our collective reason for being here on Spark is to give and receive motivation and learn how to get past phase 4 and onto phase 5.....healthy living with no more cycle.

It is the little "termite-nuggets" that you allow "back in" to your diet and thought process that infest your best laid planned foundation. Evict the nuggets permanently, and bid them goodbye. Start with your grocery cart.....don't buy them ever again.

Each baby step will add up to leaps and bounds once again, and eventually for life!

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DRAGONFLY02 4/25/2012 8:20AM

    I completely understand how you feel! I think everyone has been where you are and we just get through and keep going and keep trying. I always remind myself that if weight loss was easy, then our country wouldn't have a weight problem. I'd rather take a bad day/week/month/or even year and say I haven't given up, that was just a small setback and I'll just keep going. And I know you can do it so don't give up!

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WALKING_WONDER 4/24/2012 12:57PM

    Donn't give up! We're all here for you! You're in phase 5 now - the re-committment phase. You will draw up a brand new plan. Maybe you were aiming too high. Maybe if you start smaller, you'll be more likely to keep it up. I used to do that all the time. Dream big and plan big and try to take on too much, then it would slowly fizzle out and I'd berate myself. Don't quit. Don't give up on the dream, just plan smaller steps to get there. You'll eventually start seeing results.

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SBRAN833 4/24/2012 12:31PM

    I am right there with you ... we can do this ... Stage 4 sucks ... but it happens... :) I'm willing to try again if you are!! :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/23/2012 9:14PM

    Wow, not only does that "phase" thing happen to me too, almost exactly the way you've described it...I've also even written about it in almost the same way! Weird. Anyway, what you said about your Spark friends was really sweet, and I hope that you are able to get the motivation you need back!

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COMMUNITY10 4/23/2012 6:02PM

    I'm sorry you're having such a hard time right now. I know you'll get out of this funk, you're absolutely worth it and the goals you have set out for yourself. You're so motivating to others and now it's our turn to motivate you! You can do this!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 4/23/2012 4:23PM

    No need to apologize for being being away. I am in phase 1 so I don't have any tips really except to say I am sure EVERYBODY goes through it all too. You are not alone.


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JOSIEISHEALTHY 4/23/2012 1:51PM

    I have been in that place. It's always first exciting and you thrive and then slowly but surely I get to phase 4 lol.
I started "my new life" about 16 weeks ago. I decided to not give up, I decided that I wasn't going to start over, instead I was going to keep going.

The first few weeks I of course didn't see any change. I was busting my butt for nothing it seemed but I kept at it. They say it takes 30-60 days to make something a habit. Give it 2 months, I know it may be hard but I know you can do it.

for 2 months keep working out and eat well. If you slip up on eating so what! Keep working out and eat better for the next meal.

Exercising can become boring and monotonous, so try different things and anything! I bought a heart rate monitor watch and sometimes I just dance around the house with my son and burn tons of calories. I wouldn't know that if I didn't have that device and it's cardio.

I'm here for you if you need it, you can fight this!

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POOKASLUAGH 4/23/2012 1:46PM

    Success at this journey comes down to one very important thing, and it is NOT motivation. It is determination. Motivation never lasts all that long. At most, it'll last a few months, but usually, it dies within weeks, or even days. When that happens, the only thing you can do is keep going anyway. That's what determination is. It sucks sometimes, and it hurts, and you want to whine and fight against it, but the only way to keep going once motivation goes away is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other anyway.

Up until November of 2010, I never had determination. I rode on motivation alone. From Dec '09 to May of '10, I was doing great, five months almost of motivation, but when it died, slowly, and I kept trying to get it back, I fell back into laziness and apathy. It took seven months of apathy before I was back to my lowest shame point. That's when I made my decision: motivation would no longer rule my weight loss journey. I was *determined* to get there this time.

It has not been easy. It's really hard to keep going when, after six months, you lose maybe 10 lbs and only an inch or two. Every day, I struggle. But I keep going. I don't care if it takes me 5 years to lose the last 30 lbs - I will not stop fighting until they are gone. My reward for this determination? Even when I'm not losing, I don't slip backwards, either, and that's saying something.

You CAN do it. You CAN fight. But you have to decide for yourself if it's worth continuing without motivation. Maybe some people can keep motivation going for as long as this journey takes. But I think the majority of people who lose it all and keep it off are the ones who turn their backs on motivation and choose determination instead.

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JEANIE07 4/23/2012 1:25PM

  you arent whining youre being humane, we all dip and as women we know that more than most, but you didnt give up, you could have walked away but you didnt you owned up to your feelings and you came to a place that you feel safe . ouve supported others in their journey and its now ou turn to say to you , you can do this , what about a wee challenge to go for, something thats fun, choose something to do for a week, with diet what about seven ways to cook something, or buy a hula hoop and say i will play with it for ten mins a day. it may not burn hundreds of calories but itll be fun and youll be back on your path again soon x

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#49 - Rough Zumba Class.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Last night was my "gym" night. I am there every Monday from 5-7pm for Body Pump and Zumba. I love these two classes. However, yesterday, I wasn't feeling them, but I ended up going.

Body Pump was great. We actually had a different instructor than usual since our normal instructor was on vacation. (Lucky!) Anyways, I ended up still getting a great workout. So, I was definitely glad I went.

By Zumba, I am pretty tired from Body Pump, but I end up putting everything I have into it anyways. (Plus, this is the only night they do Zumba.) I love the instructor. I love the class. Usually, it's just this girl and I. Occasionally, we have others who decide to try it. Last night was one of those nights that a new person joined us.

Let's just say this wasn't my best class. The first two songs I kept messing up even though we do them almost every week. I just couldn't focus for some reason. However, once I focused, I did much better.

And then it happened.

There was a break between songs for us to get water. I got mine, and I got back in my spot. The new lady walks over to me and says "Is your baby kicking?" It took a few seconds for me to realize what she meant. I said "I'm not pregnant", and I politely laughed it off. I tried not to show it, but I was devastated. I wasn't mad at her because she did not know, but I am ashamed at myself for letting me get to this point. When I was changing into my workout clothes before my classes, I was not excited about my belly looking so huge, so her comment only made things worse (Again, I don't blame her.).

Honestly, I don't know how to feel right now. I don't want to give up because I have pushed myself since February. However, even though I have pushed myself since then, I still don't look like I'm losing anything, and I've only lost two pounds. It's just tough.

What are your thoughts?

  
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DRAGONFLY02 4/12/2012 7:38AM

    No one should ever ask a person if they're pregnant, even if they look like they're ready to pop any second. She should not have said that to you. I recently got asked that in a store when I was having a really bad day and not feeling so great about myself. The thing is, even though I have some weight to lose and I have a little extra around the belly area, I don't think I look pregnant at all. When the woman in the store asked me that I gave her a funny look and said I was not pregnant and her response was "Oh, you look it so that's why I asked." SERIOUSLY??? No apology?? Just tell me that I look pregnant???? It just added to my crappy day that I ended up dropping my stuff and running out of the store as I didn't want people to see my crying.

Anyway, you'll have to let us know if this woman shows up again next week or if she'll be too embarrassed. But don't let it discourage you, instead let it encourage you to keep trying. I know how it is to be stuck in the plateau, but we can do it. Just keep trying!!!

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VICKYMARIEC 4/11/2012 9:46AM

    NO girl it is HER problem. We all know that you NEVER assume someone is pregnant. SHE should have apologized to YOU. It was HER being ignorant and inconsiderate. I am sorry that you felt bad after that comment. Just remember how strong you are. Where you've come since you've started. Don't downplay your strengths just because one person decided to be cruel to you.

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MARYONAMISSION 4/10/2012 10:46PM

    I am so sorry. This has happened to me twice & I admit that I cried later. A comment like that can really hurt & make us lose our resolve. Chin up. You know you are doing good things for your body & your health. The weight loss will come if you are putting in the hard work. Steele your resolve & keep at it. Use it as motivation. You can do this! I know you can.

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POOKASLUAGH 4/10/2012 8:19PM

    That is the worst feeling! Why must our stomachs be the last part to go? And I swear, I had lost over 50 lbs before ANYONE noticed. It was so discouraging. :(

You say you've been pushing hard since Feb and nothing's happening? I'm in no position to really give advice, given that I've been going through a very similar thing (only 4 lbs since 2012 began), but there's a couple things that have helped me through plateaus in advance. First, are you sure you're eating enough food? So many people here on Spark eat around 1200 calories and I think that's way too low for many bodies. When I try to eat lower than 1500 daily, I stop losing weight almost instantly, and then I start gaining. Same thing happens if I try to burn more than about 2500 calories in a week in exercise. Last thing is that I've found that if I eat more than about 50% of my calories in carbs, I plateau. I've finally started to get off my current plateau by eating between 40 and 50% carbs daily, and increasing my protein and fat content.

I hope you find something that works for you. Every body is different. Keep experimenting and don't give up. You're not GAINING, and that's one thing to keep in mind. *hugs*

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/10/2012 7:54PM

    Ugh, I know how deflated you can feel when something happens that just shakes your confidence like that. For me I get like that when I'm tired on a jog but thinking I'm doing okay but then I get passed by someone faster than me (pretty much anyone usually). I'm sure people have wondered if I'm pregnant because sometimes late in the day my stomach bloats out, bad. Yuck. I also have done two classes in a row at the gym...went through a phase where I was even doing three in a row...it's exhausting! You're not going to be at your best for the second class. And I know Body Pump well and that class really pushes you to the limit sometimes! I used to do Zumba BEFORE Body Pump, but I know you don't have a choice in the schedule.

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MARVEEME 4/10/2012 7:54PM

    1) It was exactly that comment that motivated me to go to Weight Watchers back in the 90's.

2) It was there, at WW, that I learned the plan I keep going back to every time I forget to eat for nutrition instead of for fun, for social reasons, or out of boredom or depression.

3) She (who made the comment) was mentally elsewhere, and may actually live in her own little world, but either already does, or someday soon will, feel awful about her comment.

4) Either you have skipped dinner for the last week, or at least tracking it, or you're not being honest with yourself.

Could this be the wake up call you've been looking for?
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Sometimes, we spend so much time working on doing the things we like about our lifestyle change that we forget to do or ignore the others. It's all or nothing time, my friend, and I'm equally having a hard time getting kick started again.

Personally, I've been doing great until dinner time, and then things fall apart. Could this be why your dinner doesn't show on your tracker lately, or have we just been forgetting? Tracking truly is essential to success.
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You will succeed, you just need to plan your work, work your plan, tweak your plan, and work it again.
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EFF EVERYONE ELSE, YOU DESERVE THIS!

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FITNAPTURAL 4/10/2012 1:45PM

    That was just stupid on her part! Feel proud of what you've done so far. Don't focus on the numbers on the scale, focus on what good things you're doing for yourself. Consider her ignorant question as motivation. Re-evaluate your eating habits and realize that it takes time. It takes time for you to see the changes and for others to see the changes. She probably felt bad after that but you have to keep going. 2 hours at the gym is amazing! I can barely get through an hr of body pump! emoticon emoticon

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BECCAJ98 4/10/2012 1:14PM

    Unless a girl is really thin and looks like she swallowed a basketball .....i never ask! Very rude of her! But dont let that stop you!!!!!! Your hard work will pay off!!!!!

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EMFRAPPIER 4/10/2012 12:31PM

    Keep up your hard work! It will pay off. I've never understood why anyone comments on someone being pregnant without knowing 100% that they are. Especially in a workout class. It makes no sense. It's difficult to work hard and not feel like you're making progress, but you are. Keep it up!!!!

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FOXY13445 4/10/2012 12:30PM

    If you are going for 2 hours Mondays consistantly along with some other added days then my auto-thought is take a really good look at what your eating. A lot of things like sugar and sodium make you hold water weight

Up your water intake, add in extra servings of freggies, but more importantly - DON'T GIVE UP!

Everyone has their days when you aren't feelin' things like you usually do - I've been feeling that way for a couple weeks now! Just keep on keepin' on

I have a quote I heard on tv the other night that seems appropriate for this: "You WILL get where you want to go - one step at a time" emoticon

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DZSWEETIE2005 4/10/2012 10:58AM

    I've gotten that many times! and i know people way thinner than me that people have asked that to. It sucks in the moment, but people are idiots and i'm sure she felt like an IDIOT! Keep on it girl!

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MELLYBEANS0919 4/10/2012 10:52AM

    How rude of that woman to ask you that, people should never bring that up unless the woman has SAID she is pregnant.

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Please do not give up because of that comment. She was stupid. You have come a long way and you will keep going toward your goal. You rocked it for 2 hours, that is pretty awesome! I don't think I could have danced & strength trained for that long!



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SBRAN833 4/10/2012 10:24AM

    OO the nerve of some people!? People who usually have nothing nice to say, have nothing nice to say about themselves either... and don't feel bad about yourself because she said it... if she came right out and the ignorant comment, she obviously wasn't caring that, unless she was living under a rock, maybe saying this could offend someone ... and that is down right rude ... I could see if she said, do you mind if I ask you a personal question ... then go from there, but to come right out and say that? Inconsiderate and unacceptable.

You handled it much better than I would have, so give yourself some credit at the very least for that... I feel for you though; there are days that it's hard to look in the mirror and some days avoid the reflection all together .. but please do not let it hinder your hard work... i read somewhere it takes 3 weeks to start a habit 6 weeks for people to notice, and 12 before the world notices... but this isn't about the worlds journey, it's about yours! :)

Also, when the scale works against me (which is most days) I grab the tape measure... your body is changing, if you're not losing, you're probably just building muscle mass, or retaining water, MINOR when you look at the big picture... you are closer than you were yesterday! Keep your chin up beautiful :)


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PAPER_WINGS18 4/10/2012 9:56AM

    I agree 100% with Muffy. People are just really stupid and brainless and inconsiderate at times. If you don't know whether someone is pregnant or not, DON'T open your big dumb mouth. UGH. ANYWAY. Just keep doing what you're doing and eventually that stubborn scale WILL catch up! I know it is so hard to stay motivated when it isn't moving, but measure you success in other ways- clothes fitting better, feeling better from working out, making healthier choices, etc. You can do it!

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MUFFIY831 4/10/2012 9:33AM

    Ugh, I find it SOOOO unacceptable for anyone to ever ask a woman about her baby unless you are 100% positive the person in question is actually pregnant. Why are people so stupid!!!!?!???

Brush it off and keep going, like you said. You've worked hard and the scale and your body WILL catch up. Don't let this slow you down. Good for you for going to the gym for two hours when you didn't even feel like going at all.

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#48 - Updating.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hey everyone. Sorry for not being on this weekend. I've been in Atlanta since Thursday. Anyways, here's how the weekend went:

Friday morning: I got in a run at the hotel! This was such a victory for me because I usually just say "forget it" when I'm out of town, but I was determined!

My food wasn't terrible this weekend, but it also wasn't the best. I've learned a lesson though: Don't wait too long to eat. Friday was my sister-in-law's graduation. It was also the morning I worked out. I had a protein bar for breakfast (10am ish), and I didn't eat until 4-5 pm. I had the worst headache, and I was starving. I ended up eating two plates: 2 handfuls of chips, handful of jellybeans, a handful of vegetables, and two tiny sandwiches. It could have been worse, but I learned a lesson. Also, I was pretty good about stopping when I felt full.

I only gained about .4 pounds from this weekend, and to me, that's a victory in itself!

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I did pretty good in regards to my two-week challenge, and I think I am going to do it again; however, I hope this time, I lose a little weight.

I think I am going to switch up my foods as I am getting bored with them, and I think I might even switch up my workout routine a bit. So, let the two-week challenge begin!

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Lastly, I am asking my fellow Sparkfriends if they could do me a favor. I'm going through a pretty rough time in regards to a relationship, and I'm asking that, if you believe in a higher power, please just say a little prayer that the right path that I need to take be illuminated. I'm having a hard time doing what I probably need to do. I know it sounds very generic, but I ask that you please just send good vibes, prayers, etc.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/30/2012 8:56PM

    .4 pds! YES!!! Sending good vibes friend! emoticon

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LESLIES537 3/27/2012 11:33AM

    Good vibes and prayers coming your way, sweetie! emoticon

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SBRAN833 3/27/2012 10:24AM

    Sending good vibes your way!! Thanks for your continued support on my blogs ... means a whole lot. And whatever you're going through, everything happens for a reason :) Take care hun! Check in with you soon!!!

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JORDANA84 3/27/2012 7:19AM

    Sending you some good vibes and prayers for sure!! Whatever it is, I hope it works itself out for you. Don't stress too much over the eating and the scale. Once you get back, you can just throw yourself back on the wagon and get back at this. emoticon emoticon

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WINNIE1978 3/27/2012 5:41AM

    Sounds like a good weekend. Good luck with your next challenge. And I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers! emoticon

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MARVEEME 3/26/2012 7:00PM

    My prayers are with you as I shall dedicate my before bed time rosary to the intention that His guidance will become your light and that you shall have the effortless stamina to make it so, Amen.

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MUFFIY831 3/26/2012 5:18PM

    Sounds like you did pretty well in Atlanta and good thoughts coming to you for everything.

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/26/2012 3:44PM

    You did great with working out while being away, that takes a lot of motivation and determination. As for lesson learned, now you know, which is great insight. I am thinking of you with your relationship, and wishing you all the best & you are strong inside, you can do what you need to do.
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FITNESSMONSTER8 3/26/2012 3:26PM

    I'm glad you had a nice weekend away. I'm sending good vibes your way. emoticon

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COMMUNITY10 3/26/2012 2:00PM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Can't wait to hear about your 2 week challenge! You can do this, and the weight will drop.

Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. We're all here to support you, but it sounds like you already know the path you need to take. Sometimes it takes a while before you realize you've known it all along. Thinking about you :)

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SPICEMWE 3/26/2012 1:43PM

    Good thoughts and vibes are definitely being sent your way. If you need anything, just let me know!!

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FITNAPTURAL 3/26/2012 11:32AM

    Sounds like you had a pretty good weekend! I hate getting too hungry. I et a headache and get cranky. Atleast you learned that lesson... As far as your relationship situation, I'm sending good vibes :) It sounds like you already know what you need to do. just take some time to think about it. Have a great week! emoticon

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 3/26/2012 11:24AM

    I hope you had fun in Atlanta :)
Good job on working out while out of town, that is always a hard one. Oh yes don't forget to eat :), I do that too sometimes and I get the worst headache ever! I will say a little prayer for you :)

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#47 - The Weekend/Preparing for the Trip.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Weekend:

In the food department, I didn't do so well. My food choices weren't the best. However, I will say that I ate until I was full, and I packed up the rest of the meal. Also, on Saturday night, my boyfriend asked me if I wanted a appetizer, and I said no! I can't even believe it! We always get appetizers, but I stood my ground, and I was successful! So, I feel like I wasn't completely a failure at food this weekend.

We won't even talk about the drinks this weekend. I don't drink beer, but I sure did drink way too many martinis and shots on both Friday and Saturday night. However, my boyfriend I hung out with friends all weekend, and it was nice to have a little fun. So, I don't really regret it. Plus, my boyfriend and I made a pact that we have to wait a month or so to go all out again. Ha.

In the fitness department, Saturday was great. I walked the parade for about 1.5 hours, and I was constantly busy all day. I did lots of walking like I wanted to! However, Sunday, I was exhausted (and hungover slightly... oops!..) that we rested. I took a 3-hour nap. Ha. I didn't get my run in, but I am planning on adding another run this week to catch up.

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This weekend, I will be going out of town (Thursday night-Saturday). I was planning on bringing snacks because I currently eat 2-3 snacks a day. I'm not really sure what to bring. I would like low-calorie, high-protein snacks if I could. What inexpensive snacks do you eat?

A couple of things I might bring:
- 100 calorie pack of almonds.
- Luna Bars.

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P.S. I would like to stay away from refrigerated snacks as I don't know how much I will be in the hotel. I am planning on keeping some of the snacks in my purse.

  
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ASHESS85 3/22/2012 9:10AM

    I'm also going away this weekend. I plan on bringing: a bunch of fruit, nuts, and wheat thins so I will have snacks ready to eat. We have never been where we are going but hopefully they will have restaurants with healthier options. Have fun this weekend!

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/19/2012 9:43PM

    I buy "Just a Handful of Unsalted Roasted Almonds" from Trader Joe's...I like roasted almonds way more than raw. I also eat a lot of apples and clementines.

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FITNAPTURAL 3/19/2012 9:32PM

    Sounds like you had a fun weekend. I never go out to eat but I went out with friends and surprised myself by ordering salads 2x! Take some fruit-apples travel well. I also agree with almonds and bars.

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COMMUNITY10 3/19/2012 9:02PM

    I think those snacks are great ideas. Protein shakes too?

I was hungover yesterday too... ugh lol

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TARAFROMTX1 3/19/2012 5:04PM

    Way to go on saying NO on the appetizer! Good ideal on the almonds, maybe trail mix, or other 100 calorie snack packs, fiber one has really good 90 calorie brownies and you get added fiber, also special k has really good protein bars and granola bars.

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JORDANA84 3/19/2012 2:19PM

    Haha sounds somewhat like my weekend. The carnival is in town and we took the kids on Friday night, and ended up drinking too much so saturday was a hangover.. then of course with a hangover, you have to eat bad :)
Good job on saying no to the appetizer!! I always surprise myself when I say no to bad things too, it's a victory, no matter how small.
I would recommend some Larabars (not low cal but def have good protein) they are filling and all-natural.
Maybe an apple or pear since those dont necessarily have to be refrigerated..?
Almonds are a great idea, and maybe some other 100-cal snacks will be easy to just throw in your bag.

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#46 - Checking In.

Friday, March 16, 2012

So, today is Day 5 of my two week challenge, and to be honest, I feel like I am doing pretty well.

My goals for the two week challenge:

1. Exercise every day that I had scheduled (Biggest goal).
2. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep (2nd biggest).
3. Eat the best I can (last goal).

I guess this challenge is more of an attempt to get into an exercise routine. I've done well all week. I did 60 minutes of Zumba on Monday, C25K (W1D1) on Tuesday, and ST/C25K (W1D2) on Thursday. Wednesday was my rest day, but I ended up getting in a 30 minute walk at work. So, it's going pretty well.

However, this morning, I was supposed to get up at 5am to go to Body Flow (Tai Chi/Pilates/Yoga class). When the alarm went off, I just couldn't get up. I had only had about five hours of sleep (my fault since I chose to stay at my Mom's until 11:00pm). My body was craving sleep, so I decided to forgo the class. It may have been a good thing as I'm exhausted still. I have no energy at all. So, even though I didn't want to, I am thinking that today's my true rest day since Wednesday wasn't really one. I feel bad for missing the class, but what do you do when you have no energy?

So, I'm pretty excited that I have managed to do well this past week. I'm pretty excited about this weekend as I will be getting lots of exercise in! (I've already told my boyfriend that I want to be active as much as possible this weekend.) So, tomorrow morning, I am walking in a parade with one of the museums in town. Afterwards, my boyfriend and I are walking around at a car show and then later, we will be walking on Ocean Blvd. for the St. Patrick's Day festivities. Lastly, Sunday, I am planning my C25K (W1D3) and maybe I will hand-wash my car. So, I'm pretty excited just to be busy and active. My goal is to eat the best I can as well. I hope I can do it!

So, back to the no energy portion of the blog, what do you do when you have no energy? I hate feeling exhausted like this. I miss my energy!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

  
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COMMUNITY10 3/18/2012 7:47PM

    Sounds like you're doing amazing! So proud

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/17/2012 1:32PM

    I agree with JADAKNOWLES - exercise can perk me up when I'm tired. When I'm REALLY tired I'll have a little extra coffee before my workout. But I work out AFTER work and never earlier than mid-morning on weekends, so I have no experience getting up at 5 A.M. to work out!

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JADAKNOWLES 3/17/2012 10:01AM

    Sometimes I force myself to the gym when I have no energy and it perks me up. Other times, I'm legitimately tired and skip my morning workout. Exhaustion is a slippery slope and I'd rather be well-rested to face the day. You sound so positive and I love it! Enjoy your weekend!

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SARASMILING 3/17/2012 6:00AM

    You're doing so great!! I just know you'll reach your goals! YOU CAN DO IT!!! emoticon

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CALIKIKI 3/17/2012 1:05AM

    What a great week!

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WINNIE1978 3/16/2012 8:33PM

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MNGIRLIE 3/16/2012 1:37PM

    Glad you're doing well! Smart listening to your body this morning. You must have needed the sleep.

What I've found helps me out a lot is deciding one day a week to be my rest day - usually Wednesdays. Then I'll go with the flow and decide when my other rest day will be. If I don't feel like working out on Saturday or Sunday then that's fine.

How are you liking the C25k?? :)



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DORENC 3/16/2012 1:27PM

    I have been feeling tired lately to and I am thinking it is just because my body doesn't know how to handle all of this healthiness going on. You can do this. Keep moving forward!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/16/2012 12:56PM

    A 2 week challenge sounds good. You are doing great. I would have skipped the classes too for sleep.


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SBRAN833 3/16/2012 11:19AM

    I had the lack of energy yesterday... but 5 mins into Body Rock... my energy level SKY ROCKETED... Just try. Moan and groan the whole way, but give it a go, you'll be glad that you did. :) Good luck this weekend!!! :)

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SPRINKLEMELOLA 3/16/2012 10:44AM

    Even if you don't feel like it...give it a shot. You might be surprised!

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SPICEMWE 3/16/2012 10:38AM

    You always have the best goals! Your level of fitness is great, just keep it up! Unfortunately energy is a tough one for me too. I never feel like I get enough sleep. Here are things that help me sometimes when I'm lacking the energy.

1.) Drinking water - I tend to stay on the dehydrated side, so I'm sure that plays a huge role in my energy levels. It's worth checking out though.

2.) Energy boosting snack/brain food - I try to go for semi-sweet fruits like apples and oranges for a quick boost in energy. The natural sugars help a lot and also count towards my daily goals.

3.) Move around - Sometimes light stretching or a quick walk can wake me up and give me a slight boost in energy.

4.) Power nap - Naps are amazing and I'm trying to take them when I need them (the trouble is of course finding time).

Good luck to you and have a great weekend!!


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POOKASLUAGH 3/16/2012 10:33AM

    I'm so glad you're doing well! I think it's good that you decided to rest when your body needed it, too.

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ALYSSA318 3/16/2012 10:20AM

    I feel ya. This no energy thing has thrown me off completely. Honestly, I give my body what it needs....rest. In my case, I am not physically exhausted as much as mentally exhausted and the only way for me to get my energy back is to figure out the cause and go from there.

emoticon On your Two week challenge!!!!

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DRKATZ 3/16/2012 10:17AM

    Great goal-setting! I think your'e doing great by working on the active part. It's hard to make exercise, activity a new no-brainer habit that you just have to do everyday. It really is like brushing your teeth - realizing that it is good for your health, you feel so fresh afterwards, and can't imagine a world in which you didn't brush everyday. (sorry for my rant-analogy). I think it's hard for me to distinquish between when I'm exhausted and my body just needs rest and when I'm telling myself I'm tired and should take rest, but really it's just an excuse. You are the only one who can listen to your body. If you're tired, rest, but make a plan to be active. Drink water and eat well to give yourself motivation. You can even try and workout and if you feel motivated - keep going, if not, then truly rest. Maybe it will help to write down what your feeling concerning the exhaustion - is it emotional? physical? how? what thoughts are going through your head about using a rest day? Just listen to yourself and you'll be fine! Great job and keep it up!!!!!!

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