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Ughhh..running out of steam...scary :(

Sunday, February 05, 2012

So far I've lost 30 lbs and I'm about to jog 1.5 miles/walk 1.5 miles. I was doing that 5-6 days a week. The weather turned rainy, wet & ugly. My husband went to visit family in Tenn. for a few days and ever since then I've been a lazy slug..eating unhealthy foods because it's easy and there is no one to look at me in judgement. I haven't been exercising much at all this past week. ...I'm beginning to find it a pain to track foods and exercise...I just want to beable to live without those crutches...but obviously I can't. I don't want to slip back into old habits but I see how very easy it is to do just that.
How do you stay on track...week after week, month after month? I know exercise makes a big difference because if you go to that much effort, you don't want to ruin your efforts with sloppy eating habits but how do you overcome a lifetime of of bad habits? As soon as you drop your guard, they want back into their place in your life.
This is sooo hard.

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VILLERGIRL 2/10/2012 9:30AM

    I find that when you get into a routine you actually look forward to working out. I used to have to drag myself off the couch to even do a little yoga, but now after working out regularly at home I actually find myself thinking about it during the workday! I started working out while watching " survivor" at home, just doing toning exercises, squats, and before I knew it, I had created my own little " Shred" workout, similar to Jillians! ( hehe big fan here) Watching TV was once something I would do, get bored and end up scoffing out on bad food, Now Watching TV means WORKOUT time.. The hour goes by and I am ready for more!

After a few week back into your routine I am confidant that you will feel the same! Stay Positive! :) emoticon

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VLKSHA 2/10/2012 9:12AM

    I sometimes give myself a short time away from the tracking but try and eat with awareness while away. I find when I return to tracking that my overall calories have gone up, but I still have control over food choices and amounts in general.

If I break from the exercise routine, I try and think of being active. Clean up something during the commercial breaks on tv, or something that stops hours of laying around. I however, find getting back into the routine hard.

I also like to set new goals to change my focus often.

It is a long journey....

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A_WISE_WOMAN 2/6/2012 7:15PM

  Just like FlyLady (a website for organizing our homes and lives) says: Baby steps. One habit at a time. I think too many of us try to exercise AND drop the junk food AND drink the water AND get in our servings of fruits and veggies AND, AND, AND...immediately. Just do one thing. Make it a habit. Then add another, and once you've got that down, add another. Maybe do two or three new habits (slowly) at a time, like add one more glass of water AND one extra serving of fruit AND some exercise for a couple of weeks. Just a couple of weeks. Then add a little bit more for a couple of weeks. It takes time, but good habits are just as easy to form as bad habits--we've just had longer to form the bad ones, and, until now, more positive reinforcement for having them. And have fun! Needing the hubby's judgmental looks sounds like you're not having fun.


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KALIGIRL 2/6/2012 9:12AM

    It is hard - it's taking years of unhealthy habits and turning them into years of healthy habits...
Here's to you finding something that works for you - that rings true - that makes you feel good and eventually makes those old unhealthy habits hard....

Namaste my friend

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AHEALTHIERME444 2/5/2012 7:31PM

    You've come so far..don't give up now!! As far as exercise..I find that just going through the effort of putting my workout clothes is enough to get me in the right frame of mind and once I am moving for 5-10 minutes I am so glad I made the effort and power through.
I am also struggling with keeping track of my food intake. I am going to try very hard on the next upcoming weekend to track at least 2/3 of my meals--weekends are the toughest for me and there always seems to be a dinner/party/get together which makes it harder to figure out how to eat for the day.
Try to hang in there and give it another shot...you have made it this far---30 lbs lost wow!! You will get to that finish line and feel so much better for it!

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LITTLEBO 2/5/2012 7:25PM

    Oh, gosh! If I had the answer to that, I would be rich and famous and people would travel far and wide to place laurels at my feet. I am going through the exact same thing myself. Today as a matter of fact. So JUST FOR TODAY, I am taking a break: changed my eating (but didn't go crazy) and I'm not excercising. I took a nap, going to take a long, hot bath with lavender and read a book. But JUST FOR TODAY, knowing that tomorrow I have to continue with THE PLAN!

I was going to say that the hard work doesn't seem worth it, but that would be a lie. When I wake up in the morning and feel like I have more energy and when I sleep better at night and I don't feel down all the time like I used to, it totally IS worth it! Don't you feel like all the progress you have made is worth it, too?

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PAPAMIKIE 2/5/2012 5:53PM

    For me it is finding the correct hook.

May 08 DD said, "Popie, Gramie and I have been worried about you and I think Little Bug needs to have you around for a while..."

I said I would loose a little weight and see if I could get into better shape. The hook was being around for little bug, and the implication that he mimics what Popie does, so being fat and lazy is not what I want him to mimic. Everything else has been fairly easy.

It was just to find the right hook


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LIFEWALK 2/5/2012 3:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticoni hear u! it is so easy to stop when motivation seems to evaporate into thin air... methinks that is when we need to add extra tlc, non-food self- pampering, funness into our lives, stress relief in non-food ways, even take a nap! and then back to basics, keep walking until the motivation wells back up from within us again and we find ourselves whistling while we work and back on a roll again!

also, WarmSpringDay posted a blog the other day with an interesting concept from Leslie Sansone... worth the read :)

Hang in sweetie, and always remember, you are worth all the steps you take because u truly matter :)

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GRICHARDSON918 2/5/2012 3:15PM

    Its ok. I'm right there with you. I hate tracking foods and exercise. I try to stay on point as best I can but I'm just not one of those people that track everything that passes through their lips.

What I've found works for me, is that instead of tracking exercise over a period of time, I just have a daily goal and as long as it get met then I'm happy. It works better for me because I also realized that I'm a huge procrastinator...lol. So, when I had a weekly log and tried to log 3 exercises a week then I would look at Monday and be like, "well, still have 6 days left" and, so on, until it was Friday. Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I found have a daily goal works better for me than tracking a weekly one because I end up short changing myself.

My mom used to take me to McD after school to get a Happy Meal and then I would go have dinner just a couple hours later. From there I formed a bad habit of not realizing a snack size vs meal size. It was tricky but I think I've mastered it, FINALLY! lol! Keep your chin up with the habits, they didn't take a week to make, so, they aren't going to take a week break! :D

You are going to do great! emoticon

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Crashed & Burned on todays jog!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My dog Rubie rules me, I'm afraid. I've given up my 5K training so that she can come with me for my entire 3+ mile walk. I jog at the park around a 1 mile track instead of the 5K plan. So we walk a mile there, Jog a mile at the park and then walk a mile home. I'm happy to say I can now jog a full mile without stopping which takes me 12 minutes...I go slow...I'm old ya know :). Anyway, I have been trying to drop Rubie's leash and make her jog beside me when people go by and she is doing great at learning this new trick. But today she stepped in front of me and I tripped over her, crashing to the paved sidewalk. I scraped a knee and hurt my hand but kept on jogging. Now that I am home, those injuries hurt more, especially my hand. Hope I didn't break a bone in it.
I have gained 2 lbs over the Christmas holidays...which I am not too upset about given the amount of goodies around the house. It's been nice to know there can be goodies in sight and I don't feel the need to eat them until they are gone! Score a win there! But now that the holidays are over, I need to get back on track. I still have 25 lbs to lose and at my slow rate of speed, that might take me 6 months. But this holiday really showed me how I can't eat much more and get away with it for long.
Plus....I think I might have a new job landed. Wish me luck. It's sales again but selling something that I am interested in that I think helps people and if it's all it appears to be I will feel good about representing them.
Happy New Year sparkers! Be safe and be happy!

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NORAB52GOOD 12/31/2011 10:15AM

    One comment and a question...
I run a 15 min mile - you are not so slow! emoticon

Is the dog ok? emoticon emoticon

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LIFEWALK 12/30/2011 6:45PM

    emoticonoooh, I betchya have 1 happy dog! Sorry about the hand/bruised body, hope nothing too serious & you're healed up fast! Fingers x'd on the job! Happy New Years Deb! C U then :)

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Interesting Back-Slide....Ouchie-wa-wa! :(

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I have been doing pretty darn terrific if I have to say so myself at sticking to my plan with minor indulgences here and there that I generally plan on and they haven't been off the charts slip ups either. This has been working well for me for 3-4 months. But I haven't had any outside distractions since I'm unemployed. It's pretty easy for me right now to create my perfect food & exercise utopia. That is until YESTERDAY! I took a temporary job, thinking I might continue with it if I liked it. It puts a lot more physical demands on me and I thought I was up for the challenge. I thought since I walked/Jogged 6 days a week for 60 minutes that I would be good to go for this job. WRONG! It has been grueling and pure torture and the pay isn't that great to be willing to build up my stamina for the job...so NO, tomorrow will be the end of it for me! But what happened was I decided to treat myself to an old Jack-in-the box favorite. I figured I worked off the calories so surely I could do that. I also started drinking diet coke instead of water. I rarely ever have a diet coke these days. Yesterday and today I must have had 4 cans and little water!!! WHAT HAPPENED to me???? Today I went back to Jack in the box and had another old time favorite. When I got home and logged everything I had, well I'm 100 calories over limit and haven't had dinner yet. Then my husband calls me to say he wants to go have Mexican food since we haven't had that for a long time!!!! I'm guessing by the time I log my dinner I'll have had 2500 calories today where I normally have 1300 to 1500. Ouchie-wa-wa!!!!!
Obviously I can't seem to handle much interference in my routine. I know tomorrow is another day and I will get back on track. Facing the reality of the nutrition tracker is an effective eye opener! Thank God Sparkpeople is there for us with the tools that work...IF YOU WORK THE TOOLS!

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LIFEWALK 12/19/2011 2:59PM

    Ooooh, I hear you! Live, Learn, Improve (aka wow, how easy to trip over stumbling blocks, eh? now you know & can plan for next time you venture into a job situation! ;) I sure hope you are back on tracking & on a roll again... (hugs :)

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MOSTMOM1 12/17/2011 3:29PM

    I know what you mean. Sometimes the tracker reaches out and slaps me in the face!

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KALIGIRL 12/16/2011 9:33AM

    You are so right - the tools help keep us on track and it is emoticon you are using them.
I need to restart - thanks for giving me the spark to do so!

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A new WooHoo today!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

It's been awhile since my last blog. I spent half of November sick, which put a damper on my exercise efforts. I quit jogging but kept up my walking routine for 60 minutes 6 days a week. I have been meaning to get back to my 5K training plan but this means I have to bring my dog home after a short 1 mile walk...which she hates. She thinks she's getting cheated. She's been doing the whole 3 miles with me everyday since I got sick. So in the last few days, it's been cold and wet here in Houston. Nobody has been at the park. So I decided to drop Rubie's leash and jog. Rubie stuck with me with a few fun chases after squirrels and birds, but always coming back when I called her. So first test passed! Next test: How far could I jog without stopping. Day 1...1/2 mile. Day 2...3/4 mile. Today....1 FULL MILE!!!!! Slow miles but still....I have never in my life been able to jog a full mile! Not even when I was a teen! Not only am I excited about this, but my body is happier for the activity. WooHoo....59 years old and can run a full mile! I wish I had Sparkpeople when I was younger! Those of you who are younger, I hope you take full advantage of what it has to offer. Develope a healthy lifestyle while you still have so much life in front of you. It makes all the difference in your quality of life!!!

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KALIGIRL 12/9/2011 8:58AM

    You are so right!
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LIFEWALK 12/8/2011 4:40PM

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MCJULIEO 12/8/2011 2:55PM

    Sorry that you had such a rough November, but you seem to be doing FANTASTIC!

(I, too, wish that I'd had SP when I was younger!)

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Trick or Treat 5K Trot

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hi Everyone...just had to report on my very first 5K virtual race. I ran (walk/jogged) on Oct. 30th. I did the run in 49:38 which was a 4 minute shave off my usual time...but then I made the dog stay home. I usually take her for the first mile and she slows me down. When I first started the 5k training, I would do 5 sets of walking 4 minutes, Jog 1 minute and believe me...that 1 minute felt awfully long! I mapped out the 5K and spent the 1st mile on walking warm up (dog walk) and then train the remainder and when my sets were completed I would walk the rest of the 5K for cool down. There were somedays that it was much more difficult for me. I learned I needed to eat something 45-60 min. before I went, otherwise I felt drained in no time. Usually banana w/ peanut butter, or 1/2 a protein bar. Lots of water before, during and after the runs.

I can now do 7 sets where I walk 2 min./jog 3 min. and often the last two sets I increase my time to 4 or even 5 minutes!!!! YES...I said 5 whole minutes!!!! I am amazed at myself...so is my husband. I'll be 59 in a few weeks and when I started I was 40 lbs over weight and I had NEVER run in my life unless it was to chase down my kid in my younger days :). I often had doubts I would ever beable to jog 5 whole minutes!

I signed up for the Rookies Runner club and am now on week 5/day 1 of training with that program...I skipped ahead to the level I am at and will progress from here. I signed up for another virtual 5K race right after Thanksgiving so maybe that incentive will help me avoid over indulging on turkey, dressing & gravy!!!

I love that Sparkpeople has sooo much to offer to help motivate, inspire, educate and support us in our healthy lifestyle changes. I am happy. Dieting has never been a time in my life I'd call "happy" but this is different. It's a good, sound, healthy way to live the rest of my life. Hopefully......I will do just that and go from walking/jogging to full on running!!!!!

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FITVALGAL 11/5/2011 10:06AM

    emoticon Great job!

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KALIGIRL 11/2/2011 8:51AM

    What a super success!!!!!
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MOTIVATED@LAST 11/1/2011 7:17PM

    Well done on the 5K, and on the running in general!

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LIFEWALK 11/1/2011 5:09PM

    emoticonSparktacular Progress! Woohoo!

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