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PWA and the BFD

Monday, July 02, 2012

So my dear friend and I (card carrying members of the PWA Ė donít ask, we donít tell) have decided to start the BFD together. What pray tell is the BFD? The BFD is the Big Fat Diet.

The plan was to start on July 1st, and me being me, i blew it already Ė we had roasted potatoes with dinner and who am i to walk away from roasted potatoes. I shouldnít have made them, but I did and they were good.

I c categorically refuse to beat myself up over this and decided to just move on. I was going to start back at the gym todayÖ.I set my alarm clock to get up at the ass crack of early and everything. However when i was lying in bed at 2:30 this morning still wide awake, i decided that the work out plan needed to be tabled for today. f

I was even okay with that Ė I got up, made my yummy breakfast smoothie and added it into spark people. Imagine my surprise when I found out how many calories there are in skim milk! I ask you, how can something that tastes so freaking horrible have so many calories? Itís a puzzler for sure.

All was going well until I had some computer stuff to do and I, without even thinking ate several handfuls of cheese its. THAT was stupid. But again, not going to beat myself up over it. Itís pointless.

Hopefully Iíll sleep tonight Ė I should, iím freaking exhausted Ė and iíll be up early to hit the gym and do some cardio.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/4/2012 12:17PM

    skim milk has 80 cals in a cup...hows that alot?? lol...unless you hate it which it sounds like you do!!!
you can do this!!

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Back to the Gym - Day 5

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Series of Unfortunate Events (my life, not the book series) kept me away from the gym. As a single mum, the kids come first, of course, and work comes second, so there was a distinct lack of ME time which translated into no GYM time :( But I didn't give up, and I didn't say - "Oh well, I've already blown it, no point in going back." I went back today and did 25 HARD and FAST minutes on the freaking elliptical machine. Tomorrow, I think I'm going to do 10 minutes on the elliptical, and venture over to the circuit weight training area that they have set up. It's similar to curves. I'm NOT going to do the cardio in that section because it's repetitive up and down on a step, and it really hurts my knees, and then I'll go back and and do five more minutes of cardio. That's the plan anyhow. We'll see if I have the guts to do it. I'm really reluctant to try the weights. I'm going to feel like everyone is staring at me. Logically I know their not. I'm not that important except for in my own mind, but still the fear is there.

I also have been eating this soup I found in this month's issue of FIRST magazine. It's kinda sorta nummy, and you're supposed to eat it for lunch and dinner, but I'll be honest, that's getting old fast. HOWEVER, if it does all it claims to do - detox, fat flush, etc - I'll deal with it.

Tomorrow is biggest loser weigh in day at work. I do hope I lost something. Fingers crossed - xposted at

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/11/2012 11:31AM

    GREAT job!! thats WONDERFUL!!!
I had to friend and i went on the "tomato soup diet". You made this huge pot of soup with tomatos, green beans, celery, etc..all very low calorie stuff...and you put in one packet of chicken noodle soup mix. Now remember..this was like a gallon of soup, and it had one weeny packet of the soup MAYBE in the whole thing 1/4 cup of these wee noodles.
ok so the deal was you could eat ALL you wanted of it. You'd lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks if you did this. Oh ..there were also other things you could eat each one day you could have 1 cup of ice cream. another day ONE hot dog, another ONE hard boiled egg...etc.
Sheila and i did this. diligently. the first day was GREAT!!! all this wonderful soup!! second was getting old already, but yeah we could handle it. Third day we are scrounging for those this point we needed more soup so made a fresh batch. then promptly ate all the noodles out. i remember Sheila posting to me..WHO'S idea was this??
Day 5...well that was it..she headed for Dunkin Donuts in Cleveland..i headed for the grocery store here in NY...and i remember that was THE best tasting steak i ever did
Hope yours is much more palatable than this one was!!!
I am so proud of you going right back to the gym...YOU ROCK!!

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RD03875 1/11/2012 2:11AM

    SO glad you got back to the gym! You CAN do it.
I hope the soup works, I've done that before and yes, it does get old fast. Good Luck!

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Back to work and work out

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Today was my first day back to work since signing up at planet fitness. I brought all my stuff so I could hit the gym directly after school. I had my plan! Today was my late day at school, but myself and a co-teacher decided to sneak out a little bit early, and we were making our way down the hall and ran smack dab into our principal - so much for leaving early.

Sadly this made me incredibly late, and I was tempted to skip the gym today, but I didn't. I only got 15 minutes on on the elliptical, but still, I went, and I worked. And they were a HARD, fast moving 15 minutes. My heart rate was up the entire time, so I'm not too unhappy with myself.

Faculty meeting tomorrow and a haircut on thursday means a day SOMEWHERE will get missed, but that's okay. I'm on the right track.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/4/2012 6:42AM

    good job for getting there yesterday!! you rock!

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RD03875 1/3/2012 11:04PM

    You made it and that is the important thing. Even if you do 10 minutes it's something. Try a SparkPeople video if you can't make it to the gym.

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And the beat goes on Day #3 at the Gym

Monday, January 02, 2012

and on and on as i made it to Day 3 at the GYM - go me. Time wise I was only on the elliptical for 20 minutes, but my pace was a lot faster, my heart rate was higher and there was sweat. i don' t like sweat at all, bu i think it's good that there was sweat lol.

I was bummed to see someone i knew there - someone from high school - one of the more "popular" people. She was, however always a NICE popular girl, not a bitch girl, but still, I don't want people seeing me, or knowing i'm going there. This blog is anonymous (for the most part).

Still haven't set up the appointment with the trainer to develop a fitness plan. I think I'm okay going on like i'm going and focusing on the cardio for a bit longer and then bringing the weight training in to it. Maybe i'm not. I don't know, but I do know that emotionally I'm not ready to deal with weights and looking even more stupid. Planet Fitness says it's a judgement free zone, but they can't stop the judgements about myself that are rolling around in my head.

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RD03875 1/3/2012 4:22AM

    Way to go on day 3 at the gym! Keep it up!

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MCDOWN75 1/2/2012 5:41PM

    Ok, you have to stop it now. One of the downfalls of keeping your resolutions is toxic negative self talk! So shut it! You are doing something about your weight. Be proud. You got off your butt and that is amazing! Do you know how many people DIDN'T do that? Alot, but not you. You are a beautiful strong woman and you can do this. I kept my goal of walking today, and I went and bought workout pants. Did I look good in them? No. Did I get them anyway? Yes. Why? Because I WILL look good in them. And you will to. No self pity, no toxic talk in your head. Be proud, that's the first hurdle you have to overcome.

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A New Year - but NOT a Resolution

Sunday, January 01, 2012

It's not a resolution because I started YESTERDAY lol. What I did do on Friday, however, was join Planet Fitness. They were having a $99.00/1 year special. I know iím taking a risk with this because I am an inherently lazy person, but I am going to try this. My daughter wanted to join too, and she WILL make me goÖi have faith in her ability to nag, lol

Maybe if I can get into a routine and the pounds start coming off, Iíll have more of a reason to make better dietary changes as well.

I can do this. I know I can. Who is with me. Anybody want to be an online virtual exercise buddy?

Yesterday, was my first day at the gym. I wonít claim that it was a stellar success, but I went. I only used the elliptical machine, and I only lasted about 20 minutes (hence the not being a stellar success). It was, however, 20 minutes more exercise than I did yesterday so itís all good.

My plan is to start using other machines as I get more in shape, but right now, the elliptical is about all I can manage. The gym iím using also has a trainer on site to answer questions, and you can schedule an appointment with the trainer to create a customized work out. I am going to do this, because honestly, I donít know anything about any of the weight machines and i donít want to hurt myself.

My grammy always told me that what you do on New Yearís Day sets the tone for the rest of the year, so hopefully, going to the gym today set the tone for a healthy year for me.

Today I managed to get in 25 minutes of cardio which is 5 more minutes than yesterday. I started out on the elliptical machine and did that for 15 minutes. However death was about to set in, i was going to go to the treadmill and walk, but it was too far away Ė really, it was a whole two rows away. There was, however a free stationary bike directly in front of me so i switched to that and did 10 more minutes at a pretty good pace, averaging 9.8 Ė 10.2 mph

I know I know, itís not a lot, and itís not great, but itís early days yet. I will be successful at this. I can do this. I am on my way to a healthier me. Itís baby steps that gets it doneÖand this is the first baby step.

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MUPPETB 1/2/2012 6:38AM

    Way to go! It's tough getting started and getting into a routine, but once you do you can incorporate a trip to the gym right into your day! Good luck in the New Year!

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RD03875 1/2/2012 2:05AM

    Like Holly said, You CAN do this! Set up a daily reminder in your planner and have it send you a daily e-mail message to GO TO THE GYM.

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HJFOGARTY 1/1/2012 6:47PM

    YEAH!!! and yes you can do this - you are worth the effort you are making to be a healthier and happier you! take one day at a time and enjoy! you are such a great inspiration!

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MCDOWN75 1/1/2012 6:28PM

    We are both at about the same weight. I would love to be your virtual buddy. I am going to start going back to spin class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walking my dog at least 20 minutes a day. We can both do this.

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