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Thank The Seven for motivation!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Got some great, yet terrifying, news last night - the theatre company that I do shows with has gotten the rights to a particular show and I get the lead! When I first read the script, I just fell in love with the character. This is my dream role, so I am ecstatic!!

The show goes up a little over a year from now, which is excellent news because it gives me plenty of time to get in shape for this. The costuming and character are such that I'll need to be in a good place with my body and confident with wearing... well, clothes that I normally wouldn't wear onstage. Or offstage, for that matter. I know myself well enough to know that, if I don't get at least *close* to my goal weight for this show, I won't be able to fully commit to the character and really lose myself in it because I'll be too worried about the audience thinking I'm a fatass and whether or not my stomach is sticking out too much and whether the stage lights are causing weird shadows on the cellulite on my hips and... you get the idea.

I've been struggling with motivation, so this is great because it is ROCK. SOLID. motivation for me. To me, this is different than wanting to drop a few pounds because I'm going to the beach for vacation or whatever. At the beach, you're one person amongst many and aren't necessarily going to be noticed. This is totally different - there are a lot of people and ALL EYES are on YOU. Judging. For about 90 minutes. EEEEK! But I love theatre and I love this part and this show and I'm so freaking excited! Finally being able to get where I've wanted to be body-wise for, well, EVER, is the icing on the cake.

OK, that might be a bad choice of words. Gravy on the chicken fried steak? Cherry on top? ;)

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CLIOCALLIOPE 1/15/2014 3:45PM

    The cherry on top of the fruit salad - perfect!

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FOR_THE_DUDES 1/15/2014 3:36PM

    Congratulations on getting your dream role. What terrific motivation to get yourself in the shape you want. It's the cherry on top of the fruit salad though---not the maraschino on top of the sundae.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Last week was pretty rough - I either didn't have the time and/or energy to hit the gym, so... blah. Not sure that I'll be able to even really hit the gym this week, either, because pretty much the only time I *can* go is on my lunch break, but my lunch breaks are pretty much spoken for this week (have to take 4 rescue kittens to a follow-up vet appointment, have a dental appointment, and have to take my car to the shop to get some issues addressed before we go to KC next week). Evenings probably won't be much better between having to cook dinner, deal with housework, and needing to work on my garden, which is quickly getting overrun with grass and weeds. Yippee.

One positive change, though, is in my diet. One of my friends recently posted a pic on Facebook of the meals that she pre-prepared for the upcoming week. She fixed breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the upcoming week and packaged each meal in it's own Tupperware container so all her meals were just ready to grab and eat. Ding ding ding!! That addresses a few issues for me - not having the time to prep my breakfast and lunch for the next day, not having the energy to prep my breakfast and lunch for the next day, relying on processed foods and/or restaurant food since I didn't prep my meals, not feeling like logging my foods because it's kind of a drag, portion control, etc. So I took this idea (just breakfast and lunch, though) and am starting the second week of doing this.

First week: breakfast - hard-boiled egg, mixed fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
lunch - lean hamburger with zucchini and goat cheese, topped with bruschetta, large mixed green salad, babybel cheese
snack - almonds, mandarin orange cup

Second week: breakfast - non-fat greek yogurt, mixed fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries), drizzle of honey, cinnamon
lunch - pork, mushroom, spinach enchiladas with salsa verde, cucumber-tomato salad, small green salad
snack - homemade granola, granny smith or Fuji apple

I really like the idea of doing this, but have to kind fight the monotony of it after a few days. But it's nice to have meals ready-to-go, to know exactly what is in my food, and makes logging my calories so much easier. I might not have gotten in any exercise time this last week, but I *have* lost a couple of pounds, so YAY for a teensy bit of progress. :)

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EDDYMEESE 7/30/2013 6:03PM

    Sometimes I've made meals in advance and then totally forgotten about them (LOL) or just got bored with them and they ended up sitting in the fridge forever. Maybe try 3 days at a time instead of a whole week, if you're worried about the monotony?

Yay for your rescue kitties :) I'm a vet and I love people like you!

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Hitting the metabolism brick wall

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ever since I turned 38, it's like my metabolism has hit a brick wall. Stopped cold. Smacked me around a bit for slacking off, and said "Biiiiitch, you thought you had a hard time losing weight *before*? Just you wait and see! LOLOLOL." Metabolism is a jerk. Well, MY metabolism has turned into a major jerk. I haven't been eating particularly badly, I've been focusing on eating fewer processed foods, more "clean" foods, fruits and veggies, very little soda, lots of water, and I'm STILL gaining weight. Fuuuuuu.... I'm once again within shouting distance of my heaviest weight and it's pissing me off. And depressing me. Sadly, I'm always so.damn.tired. and just never have the energy to work out. GAH.

However, I *did* actually hit the gym this last Saturday and I I started C25K over again and worked on increasing my running pace. Used to run at 4.3/4.4 mph and increased it to 4.9 mph for the running periods this time. I even sprinted during the last running period (6.5 mph) and didn't die. Miracle of miracles! For upcoming sessions, I think I'm going to increase my "regular" pace again, try 5.2 mph or somewhere around there. See if I can sustain it and build my endurance at that pace. I also did a lot of strength training, mostly arms and back, but some legs and core, as well. I'm still sore 3 days later. Despite the fact that I kinda felt like I was going to puke when I was done working out, I still felt damn good.

Goals for this week:

* Get back into logging everything I eat and drink

* Cut back on booze. I don't drink everyday or anything, or even drink a LOT, but I *have* found that my love for beer certainly seems to negatively affect my metabolism

* Complete C25K W1 this week, and with faster paced running sessions

* Complete at least 2 more strength training sessions this week and some non-C25K cardio

* Increase my movement during the day and try to get out from behind my desk more often

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CLIOCALLIOPE 7/17/2013 1:37PM

    Thanks for the encouragement! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 7/17/2013 10:31AM

    Do I dare tell you it gets worse? emoticon You have some great goals for the days ahead - emoticon

The desk jobs are a killer; I have one and I have to be very aware of my steps throughout the day. If I don't get my morning workout in, I'm in trouble in that area. Of course, if we are away from our desks too often, we get in trouble for that as well!!!


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KNIBARG 7/16/2013 8:13PM

    I hear you! At 37, it is tougher than it used to be. It has taken me almost a year to lose 50 pounds, and I still have 20-25 to go. I just keep making the right choices and trust that my body will eventually do what it is supposed to. Keep moving in the right direction - it looks like you have a great game plan! emoticon emoticon

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

So, I've lost just shy of 6 pounds during this most recent South Beach Phase 1. If I remember correctly, I lost around 13 pounds last time I did Phase 1. Not sure why I didn't lose as much as last time, maybe because I was still kinda South Beachin' before I went back on Phase 1 this last time? My other theory is that, since I wasn't logging everything I ate, I might not have been getting enough calories. I also wasn't consuming dairy and beans everyday, so maybe that contributed to not losing as much. *Sigh* I don't know. Also, not getting enough sleep, so there's that.

HOWEVER, on a positive note, the numbers on the scale are headed in the right direction again and, even though I really didn't lose any weight in the last week, I *did* lose some inches according to my measuring tape this morning.

As with the first time I did Phase 1, the cravings weren't as bad as I was expecting and, outside of having just a little bit of fruit one day and a cocktail, I didn't cheat... until yesterday. Which is weird, because I was almost 2 weeks into Phase 1. I've had some cravings here and there, but they weren't too bad. But yesterday, it was *overwhelming*. Not sure what was going on, but DAMN I really wanted to get a Big Tex cinnamon roll from the vending machine. It was BAD. I managed to get through while I was at work, but then I got home and immediately the kids started driving me nuts and I was tired and I didn't want to make dinner and my husband was in a bad mood and UGH. We got some carryout - I got chicken fajitas with lettuce instead of tortillas but my husband got cheese fries and my youngest son got chicken tenders and fries. I admit. I caved and ate a bite of his chicken and probably 10-12 fries total. And you know what? I felt better after that. I scratched the itch a little bit and now I'm good. I don't even want that Big Tex anymore. ;)


*Start logging my food again. Gah. It's such a pain in the ass, though. It used to be kind of fun, but plugging in your own recipes and calculating the calories and stuff is such an ass-whip.

*Get to bed earlier.

*Increase current 1-3 workouts/week to 4-5 workouts/week. Start actually *doing* some of the workouts and strength training exercises that I've been obsessively Pinning for the last several months.


Getting back in the swing of things

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My life has been pretty crazy the last few months and my focus on my healthy eating lifestyle has certainly suffered. As a result, I've backtracked a little on my weight - I'm up about 6 lbs from my most recent lowest weight. BUT I'm getting back on track, starting TODAY, and I'm going to reverse that pretty quickly. Today I'm starting back on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet and getting back on the C25K train, and I'm actually excited about both. I took new measurements this morning (EEEK!), I've got SBD-friendly breakfast. lunch and snacks here at work, I've already got a SBD-friendly menu made out for the week, and I've got the drive to get back on track.

I got a bit of a slap in the face recently when I logged my weight here and then went to the reports page... and saw that I would be about 5-7 lbs from my goal weight by now if I had stayed on track. GAAAAHHHHH!!!! Dammit. Oh, well. It could definitely be worse. I could have gained back ALL the weight I've lost so far.

But still... but still... I'll reach my goal. It'll take a little longer now, but I'll get there.

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CLIOCALLIOPE 5/29/2012 10:14AM

    Thanks, ladies!

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03BFISCHER 5/29/2012 10:03AM

    You can do it!! I have had the same experience and am working to get back into my routine and keep my emotional/stress eating at bay. Getting back into the groove takes a few days, but feels great when you can keep it going. One meal at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time. YOU CAN DO IT!!!


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ASHLEYGAULT 5/29/2012 9:59AM

    You and I are in the same boat! I too have allowed myself to get off track the past couple of days (thank you holiday weekend) but today we start fresh!!

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    Don't be discouraged. Your weight will always go up and down. You can do it!!

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