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I Almost Gave Up Today

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

For the past couple weeks I haven't seen much change in my weight or measurements. In fact, I only lost one pound the week before last, and my Wii Fit game (Which is the only scale I have right now.) said I gained a pound last week although I still protest because I have no idea how that happened. I've exercised every day and I ate well all month. Anyway, the lack of motivation from results and couple with stress and less than stimulating exercise made me begin to dread my workouts. I didn't even want to get out of bed because I knew it would be time to workout.

Last week was tough because I was tired of it. I kept going though, because I wanted to finish up my entire month, thereby finishing one of those pre-made schedules that come with the programs for the first time. I did finish Friday, but I was so tired of it that I didn't feel proud of myself. Yesterday was the start of a new week and new cycle of the program, and I dreaded it. It was a struggle to keep going and my mind kept wandering. My workouts began to feel more like going through the motions rather than pushing for results.

Today I got up and dressed to workout first thing as usual, in order to motivate myself to do it asap. I didn't though. I procrastinated for a couple hours by making calls or cleaning, then admitted that I just didn't want to do it. Is that it? Is it time to give up? This always happens when I go on a diet. I thought to myself, "Do I really want to give up just so I can sit around and be lazy?" Then i realized, I didn't want to give up; I even wanted to exercise. The issue was that I was so sick of the video series I had been doing that I dreaded them.

It felt like cheating, but today I decided to play Just Dance on workout mode rather than doing the videos. I set it up on the longest program and started. Before long I was sweating more than I had with the Video Series in two weeks. The longest Just Dance program is only around 20 minute long, so I did a video unrelated to the prior series to finish up my 40 minutes.

Now that It's over it doesn't feel so much like cheating. I feel like I got a better workout today than I had in two weeks, even though it wasn't a program put together by a professional. The best part is that I don't dread my workout tomorrow or feel like quitting anymore. Hopefully this can get my back on track with my goals. I made a promise to myself not to quit and I intend to keep it.

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L1ZB3TH354 2/6/2013 9:52AM

    So happy you didn't quit. I always change up my workouts......from aerobics to Zumba!
I stay with something for about 5 days, get bored and do something else. Keep up the good work.

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    You just needed some FUN! Work-outs that we look forward to (for challenge or for fun) are the ones we'll stick too. I only wish the roller-rink was closer to
You have inspired me to try the Wii fit today for a little extra fun. I haven't been on it since before I started SP so I look forward to seeing what it says I weigh now. Sure would be nice to see my fat little avatar shrink a little!

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SKAHONEY4U 2/5/2013 11:57PM

    At any given point your body will be +/- 2 lbs, it is just the way it is. Especially girls. Don't get discouraged by one pound, or even a plateau. It's all a part of the process. You can go a couple weeks without much "weight' progress, but can find other things like your measurements have gone down and you fit in a pair of pants that last week wouldn't zip up. Make sure you are getting enough water and really concentrate on hitting a good protein level (I find for myself and many others protein is the hardest macronutrient to get into that range). Also, add strength training, if you haven't. It's best to do cardio and then ST. The Wii fit is the only scale I use too, and I love it. It's great. Keep going. emoticon

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CAROLYNM1975 2/5/2013 8:43PM

    I hear that! I'm on my 7th week of eating better and exercising and I'm starting to feel like you with my workout routine. I look forward to my runs but I seem to dread the exercise videos. You are smart! Way to go changing it up and doing better for yourself!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/5/2013 6:27PM

    Don't give up!

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SPSPSP1 2/5/2013 6:19PM

    It's great that you realized you needed to change up your workout. It's totally natural to get bored with the same old routine. Just remember that exercise is a lifetime habit like brushing your teeth or getting dressed and you will eventually become healthier. Regarding weight loss (or lack of), are you keeping track of what you're eating? Sometimes, when we know we're working out, we tend to eat more. Also, if you're doing strength training, you may be gaining muscle which weighs more than fat. If you find that you're continuing to get frustrated, you can also decide to gradually make changes instead of all at once...e.g. slowly incorporating more fruits and veggies, drinking more water, adding a few foods with high fiber, etc. Anyway, I wish you the best!

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RAPUNZEL53 2/5/2013 6:12PM

  Good Luck! emoticon

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My Biggest Weight Loss Fear is Being Realized!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today my arms felt sore from my workouts so I was touching them and I noticed they're finally started to look and feel smaller. I'm rounding out my first month and was worried because they were staying the same while I was losing inches everywhere else. I was happy to notice they they do look smaller, then I moved my arm and noticed I have wings forming. Wings are better than fat I guess, but this is my biggest weight loss fear.

I have 100+ lbs to lose so yeah, I didn't expect everything to go smoothly. I've been doing kick boxing with lots of punches in an attempt to combat the flab. My dad assures me to keep exercising and not to worry because they'll firm up over time, but it's still scary. I've been wondering if I do more arm exercise with resistance or weights if that'll help them firm faster. What if they don't at all?! Gasp!

Now I'm trying to focus on being happy that they are smaller. This weight loss thing is happening, for real, right now. Not next week or next year. I'm finally tackling it and making it a reality rather than dreaming of what'll be like after I start.

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MS_ZENZI 1/31/2013 4:46PM

    My doctor told me that it takes a year or so for your skin to bounce back after weight loss. It will bounce back, more or less, depending on your age. Give it time and see what you look like when the hard work is done. You may find that you really like the way you look when all is said and done. If not, like SHRINKING_SARA said, you can have it fixed. Some insurance plans even pay for some cosmetic stuff after weight loss!

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SHRINKING_SARA 1/31/2013 3:32PM

    My big arms were my worst feature hands down. I lost ~100... and I think I lost about 15 from each arm... okay it was probably only like 5# from each arm, but it looked bad... I did it though, and had a brachioplasty, so even if you do GET batwings -- A) they are a mark of how well you have done, and B) you can get them removed ;-) It's a lot harder to just get 100# removed like *zap* that.

You can do it! Don't worry about the bat wings -- you're the only one that will notice them for a good 50-70#.

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KENNEDYAMBER81 1/31/2013 1:01PM the type of person that likes fast! but i heard slow and steady wins the race! ;) keep up the good work!

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A Very Bumpy Week 3 Has Ended. Nice Try, Depression.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I'm so glad week 3 is over and I'm still alive. Week 3 has been terrible. I hit the occasional rough spot with my depression and my sleep, appetite, and mood suffered as a result. Weighed this morning and found that I gained a pound since Thursday. I've been running it over in my head trying to figure out how. I didn't splurge or anything and I thought I exercised as well as I could. I've still lost a pound since last week. A small victory is better than none.

The dreaded fluctuation happens with every diet I go on, though usually I can be as much as 5lbs. The last time I tried to lose weight I lost about 15lbs and gained 5 or 6. I got so angry and just quit. I had no idea how it happened or why it does every time. I can't afford to see a doctor and check my thyroid, but they did mention it looked unusual the last time I was able to go about 3 years ago. My mom mentioned innocently that if it is my thyroid maybe I won't be able to lose weight and that totally threw my confidence over the edge. It wasn't her fault though. It my decision alone to give up.

This time I intend to keep my workout schedule and try my best even if the scale doesn't move, because I have other reasons to get healthier: like building my strength. I used to be a brute but over the last couple of years my body has gotten so weak I can't lift anything anymore. I can't go out and have fun with family and friends because I'm always falling behind and winded, I'm embarrassed to buy clothes with other people because of my size, I'm fatigued every day. Just sick of it.. I've decided I'm going to keep my exercise schedule and build my strength no matter what.

Instead of dwelling on the negative as I usually do, here are my victories for the week:
I lost 1 pound.
I did all of my exercise even though I really didn't feel like it any day this week.
I was able to do more during my workouts this week than I had been, such as balancing on one leg during the rapid leg lifts/kicks session and doing crunches without modification. Wasn't possible when I started 3 weeks ago.
...and my favorite for the week. I didn't buckle to emotional eating. There were a couple times I got so frustrated and wanted to eat, sometimes right after dinner. Usually I would eat again without a second thought, but this week I said to myself. "You're not hungry, you're angry; there's a difference."

Week 4 begins slightly deflated, but still motivated. I'm not going to give up that easily this time. Nice try, depression.


Broke Through a Major Case of the Lazies Today.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yesterday I couldn't drink more than 8 glasses of water, where I'm used to 12-15, due to our well being frozen. As a result I got a bit of a headache and I wasn't able to sleep last night. That threw the entire day off today, I napped all day and finally made myself get up to exercise. Wanted to skip so badly, but I convinced myself to just do 20 minutes. After I got started I decided to go ahead and do my entire 50 minutes.

So excited I broke through this! Getting lazy and not wanting to workout, then letting myself take a "rest day" and having it turn into 50 (or about 600 rest days judging by my last exercise gap) has been my fear since I started. That's what usually happens every time I start a program. I won't let myself this time because I'm seeing results and I want to see more.

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WESTCOAST8 1/24/2013 2:19AM

    Oh, well done! You are doing great.
Motivation is all about making that first little step and then turning it into a journey. The first step is always the hardest, but you not only took one step. You completed your full exercise schedule. Give yourself a pad on the shoulder.

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Measurement Time!

Monday, January 21, 2013

I cheated a little and did my measurements a couple weeks early. I couldn't wait any longer. lol Overall I was pleased to have lost 2 inches in my midsection. Though, Didn't see any change in my arms and neck. Will have to do some extra arm exercises and figure something out for my neck. The big win though was my thighs; a few days ago I noticed that they looked smaller, and I was right. I lost 6.5 inches in them since January 7th!! I'm blown away. Kickboxing is being very good to me; at least when it comes to my legs anyway. Also did the Pushup and crunch test, did 9 more push ups, and 5 more crunches than last time. Not bad, not bad at all. emoticon

Side note: So excited that my weight loss ticker is about to move away from the left edge of the scale for the first time! Haha. Lost 8lbs this month so far.

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting me. I feel like I wouldn't have gotten anywhere without this great community.

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WESTCOAST8 1/22/2013 12:03PM

    Congratulations on doing so well. You are definitely on the path to success!
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MINE_AH13 1/21/2013 6:47PM

    Fantastic!! Keep up the great work!!

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EXPOGIRL50 1/21/2013 6:33PM

    You are an inspiration. I'm not noticing any changes yet, but reading about your accomplishments is a motivator. Congratulations!! emoticon

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