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#11 - And she ran...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Yesterday was such a gooooood day! After work, I stopped at the gym for a quick cardio session. I decided I was only going to do a fast-pace walk on the treadmill for thirty minutes. So, I jumped on the treadmill and did a little warm up. After about four minutes, I decided to run. At first, I was only going to run for five minutes because usually that is all I can do. However, I don't know where I got the motivation from, but I RAN FOR 15 MINUTES!! (Say what?!) Yeah, fifteen minutes. So, I lowered my speed back down to 4.0, and I walked to catch my breath. I feel like I could have done more, but I didn't want to overkill. So, I walked for three minutes feeling oh-so-proud of my accomplishment. After those three minutes, I ran, again, for another three minutes. So my workout went a lot like this:

Warm up: 4 minutes
Run: 15 minutes (!!!!!)
Walk: 3 minutes
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Run: 3 minutes
Walk: 3 minutes
Run: 3 minutes
Cool down: 7 minutes

I ran for 33 minutes altogether at 5.0 speed and varying inclines. I can't even believe it, and I felt so accomplished afterwards. I didn't give up. I didn't quit even when the last 15 minutes sucked. I kept going, and I am so glad that I did. I was sweating like nobody's business. It was amazing!

However, this morning, I jumped on the scale just to see if I had lost anything. (My usually weigh-in day is Sunday, so I cheated, although I wished I hadn't.) I hadn't lost any weight whatsoever. I worked my butt off this week. Monday, I worked out for 83 minutes. Wednesday's workout lasted 75 minutes. Thursday, I did the treadmill for an hour, and this morning, I totaled 78. I've been drinking water, and I have been eating within my calories. Needless to say, I am pretty disappointed. I really thought that I had lost at least a pound! I feel like I have lost something. I feel my body getting stronger, so why am I not losing anything? It's disappointing and frustrating. In the whole month that I have been exercising, I have only managed five pounds. I don't know what I am doing wrong.

Anyways, thanks for listening to my awesomeness as well as my struggles. Hope you have a wonderful Friday.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/1/2011 9:14AM

    Thanks everyone for the comments! They are greatly appreciated! :)

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AMORVERDE93 7/29/2011 7:05PM

    Woot Woot!! That is a HUGE accomplishment and it motivates me to try to do more! I can't even run on the treadmill for more than 1 minute without feeling like I'm going to suffocate.

I totally get how you feel. After all that hard work you wish you could see results! You put so much effort into it so you can be SURE that you will see some weight-loss here soon :D It may just take another week for your body to get used to you exercising like that, after gaining muscle. I hate that weight has to flucuate! But you did something you should be SOOOO proud of! Congrats girl :) I'm proud! emoticon

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WALKING_WONDER 7/29/2011 11:12AM

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That has happened to me. I work my butt off and see no results when I sneak in an extra weigh-in. My weigh-ins are on Sunday too. But some times when I've done a lot and am feeling good, I sneak an extra one it. It never helps. It doesn't show me losing and I get discouraged. So for now on, I ONLY check it on Sundays. For some reason, it always looks better then.

Keep up the awesome work!!!!!!!

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HELENKATHLEEN5 7/29/2011 10:55AM

    Wow! Congrats on 15 min straight running! That's awesome! And that's awesome how much working out you got in this week. I know it's easy to get discouraged when you don't see the scale move like you think it should be. But you mentioned that you feel like you've lost and you feel stronger, so I think you should try to focus on those feelings and let those motivate you. And 5 pounds in a month is really good as well! Keep it up!

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CHANGINGSAM 7/29/2011 9:52AM

    Thanks, PARKFYRE1! I needed to hear that information, and thanks for the support!

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PARKFYRE1 7/29/2011 9:48AM

    Whoa! You rock! Thats some intense working out! One thing that could explain the lack of weight is water retention as well. The harder you work, the more water you temporarily retain to repair the broken down muscles. Not to be overly personal, but for about a week out of the month you will retain water for that time. My wife dropped almost 5lbs last week and has it all back temporarily because of that.

The key thing is, don't get discouraged..just keep plugging along. No body on earth can keep up that pace you are doing and NOT lose weight. Things are just moving a little slower than you would hope.

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CHANGINGSAM 7/29/2011 9:26AM

    Thanks, girl! I really appreciate the support!

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SANISHCOALE 7/29/2011 9:24AM

    That's GREAT!
Just something for you to think about. When you workout, you also build up muscle, muscle has a weight of its own, so even though you don't see a difference in weight on the scale its not necessarily a bad thing. You may have replaced the body fat with muscle. So don't be disappointed you know you worked hard. Also with the changes you have started to make, your body might be in a little bit of shock and might take a little longer to start dropping the weight off like you'd like.
It is pretty AWESOME how you did your run! GratsGrats again. Keep a smile on your face, the scale might say one thing, but you know you're working hard and you're feeling better for doing it. That's the main thing. That's the REAL Victory.
Keep up the good work! You Got This!

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#10 - A Regrouping Session.

Friday, July 22, 2011

So, after two (or three) days of slacking off on what I ate as well as exercising, I have decided to regroup. I think the reason for those "bad" days were due to a few things.

1. I wasn't happy because, last time I jumped on the scale, I went up instead of down. I was lectured about how muscle weights too! Even though I knew that in the back of my mind, I still wasn't happy because I don't want to stay at 155. I want to go to my goal weight: 125-130.

2. I was beginning to get tired of the challenge that I was doing. I am technically on Week Two although I have been doing it for two weeks. Even though the videos are only ten minutes, I still get tired of the repetition.

3. I'm working really hard, but I haven't seen ANY results. Usually, I do the video in the morning and then cardio after work. I'm exhausted, and it is frustrating that I don't see anything! However, again, I was reminded that I probably wouldn't see anything for a month. (I've also been doing the photos every two weeks, and I still don't see much! I look smaller; however, I think that it is because I am standing back a little further.)

4. I also went to a step class on Monday, and I couldn't walk for three days.

Now that all of that is out, it is time to remember why I want this.

1. I want to feel sexy.
2. I want my clothes to fit without having to wiggle in them.
3. I don't want have my fat spilling over my pants anymore.
4. I want to be that girl running around the neighborhood.
5. I want to know what it is like to feel good running.
6. I want to eat healthier things.
7. I want people from high school to say "Wow! You look great!"
8. I want to know what it is like to have accomplish achieving this goal that I have had for a few years now.

So, my strategy?

1. Cardio 5x a week: If I am at the gym, jump on the treadmill, or walk at home. I might even start the "Couch to 5K" here soon.

2. Sign up at the local gym for the Step class, Dance class, and Yoga/Tai Chi/Pilates class since I have really enjoyed them. These classes have helped make exercising fun, and I feel tired but great afterward. (Plus, I love the atmosphere of the gym here. They are awesome people!)

3. Starting Monday, I am restarting the challenge. Even though I get tired of it, I am going to do the best that I can because I need the strength training. Maybe instead of doing a video once a day, I will do two videos every other day to give myself a break.

4. I am going to continue tracking my fitness and nutrition. I'm not going to be obsessive though. However, I am going to watch what I eat, and I am going to make sure that I exercise!

5. This point is all about motivation. I need to find pictures, Spark People (Yoovie!), articles, and anything that can motivate me.

Most importantly, I am going to remember that people have bumps in the road, but that they can't happen all the time. Eventually, I will get stronger. Eventually, I will reach my goals.

"Be miserable, or be motivated. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." - Wayne Dyer

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CHANGINGSAM 7/29/2011 9:24AM

    Thanks PARKFYRE1 and WOOKIE78!

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WOOKIE78 7/29/2011 8:36AM

    Hope it's been going better for you!

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PARKFYRE1 7/23/2011 9:26AM

    Great and honest blog post! Nice job!

For starters, a piece of advice I would offer is that bad days in dieting and exercise is NO DIFFERENT than any other bad days. If you were at school or work and your boss/professor was a jerk, you got an unfair grade on an assignment, and you felt overwhelmed...would you quit? Hell no! You can't do that! In fact, although it may get you down, the thought might not even cross your mind to quit. Dieting and exercise is the same thing. Some days are just miserable, and some days are great. The idea is to be consistent!

Next thing, don't get too crazy with the exercise. One thing a lot of people forget is it isn't the workout that builds you up, but its the rest period. Working out too much can be rough on you. I'm a HUGE fan of the Couch-to-5k and it will give you a challenge for sure. If you want an extra burn on your off days, either choose totally different muscles to use (upper body, core, etc) or just do a long relaxing walk instead. If you can do a 30 min run or high intensity workout a few times a week, and then take a longer slow walk (1hr+) then you will still get the burn without running your muscles into the ground.

Another tip (I'm full of em this morning!)...limit your weighing yourself to once a week and be strict about this. The scale will bounce around from day to day, but if you check it weekly you should see a more stable downward trend.

Don't give up! Remember, you are still in the process of this if you haven't quit. You only fail once you throw in the towel! Your regrouping is an excellent idea! You got this! Sparkpeople works...I lost 50 lbs and was able to get a job as a firefighter because of a lot of things I learned here last time. You can totally reach your goals, just understand it takes time and patience. Just keep on keepin on and you'll hit every goal you make!

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CHANGINGSAM 7/22/2011 5:03PM

    Thanks for the advice! :)

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WALKING_WONDER 7/22/2011 4:24PM

    WOW! It sounds like you were having some problems, figured them out, and now have a great goal system. Just please keep in mind that it will take time to start the good habits too. I suggest working on one goal at a time. I've found that if you try to do it all at once and fail, you may give up completely, and I don't want you to do that! Stay healthy.


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#9 - A Very Surprising Weigh In.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

7/10 Weigh in: 153.8 lbs
7/17 Weigh in: 155.6 lbs

7/4 Waist: 83.5 cm
7/4 Hips: 109 cm
7/4 Thigh: 58 cm
7/4 Upper Arm: 32 cm

7/17 Waist: 82 cm
7/17 Hips: 108.3 cm
7/17 Thigh: 57 cm
7/17 Upper Arm: 32.2 cm

Front view

Side View

I'm pretty disappointed with the measurements and weigh in above. I am not really sure how I gained two pounds. I did exactly what I did last week (maybe even a little better), and I managed to gain one pound and eight ounces. I'm not really sure what I am doing wrong. My body is exhausted from all the working out I do. Honestly, I really thought today I would have lost something because every morning that I get up, it feels like my stomach is not as big as the day before. I guess I was wrong. I guess I have some thinking to do to see if I want to proceed on with trying to lose weight.

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MEXGAL1 7/17/2011 10:40AM

    Just remember that there are so many factors that effect the scale, like water weight(too much salt will do this). Also remember that muscle weighs more that fat. But most importantly remember that you only have the one body and try to remember that you are eating healthy to feel better and have good health. It's not just about the darn scale.
Best of everything.

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#8 - Just Not Seeing It.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I have been exercising for two week now. I have been working hard on completing my challenge every day as well as staying within my means in regards to calories. I also have been attempting to drink two bottles of water a day and doing more cardio. I'm putting so much energy and time into losing weight. I feel like it is all I do, but I am not seeing any changes. I am still feeling bloated after eating. I know that losing weight does not happen over night, but it would be nice to see some change.

I weigh in Sunday morning, and at that time, I think I am going to do my measurements and photos too. I'm just afraid of Sunday because what if I haven't lost much? Last Sunday was discouraging because all I lost was 1.4 pounds.

I hope things get better soon. I hope I start seeing something. Good luck to everyone. I hope you are having a better day than I am!


#7 - Moment of Truth.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weight (7/4): 155.2
Weight (today): 153.8

So I only lost 1.4 lbs this week. I'm fairly happy with this actually. Sure, I could have done better, but at least I lost instead of gained. I have also become more active, and I am more aware of the things I eat. Also, I have been drinking about two bottles of water a day which is a big accomplishment for me because I have always hated water.

One thing I am proud of:

My roommate went to go get McDonald's and ice cream a few nights ago, and I declined. This felt really good because I really wanted to, but I had done so well that day that I did not want to mess up my efforts.

One thing I would like to change this week:

I need to stop allowing my feelings to get in the way of eating when I have had a bad day. This happened twice this week which is why I did not lose as much as I'd hoped. Somehow, I need to do better with this.

goals for this week:

1. Continue to track my food/fitness.
2. Continue to drink at least two bottles of water a day.
3. Cardio at least five times this week, and complete challenge videos every morning.

Hope all of you achieve your goals this week. I know I am going to try my hardest! Good luck!

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MJRVIC2000 7/10/2011 2:09PM

    losing a little and not having gained anything is called justifying and can be dangerous. WHY? Because it minimizes what you could havw done. You will settle for 2nd best when it could have your best. God Bless, Vic

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