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Monday, January 07, 2013

I have seriously fell off my healthy lifestyle. I've gained back at least 8lbs and lost a lot of muscle. I'm so discouraged because even though I've taken it off before i feel like I'm starting all over again. I know coming back to Spark is the right thing to do but that is about the only thing that I'm motivated to do and that is only when I'm at the front desk at work with nothing else to do. I don't have much energy and its frustrating knowing that the energy will come from working out which I don't have the energy to do. I have my bag packed and in the car so I will go straight to the gym when I leave work. I don't want to just go hop on the eliptical though. The thought of that bores me right past the gym and home to bed. I did tell myself this morning that at least that is exercise while going home to bed does nothing. I'm going to try a couple of streaks. The first one is water consumption. 96 oz every day for thirty days. Im on day 5. My next will be at least a 10 minute workout a day for the next 7 days. Diet is a big challenge for me. I really need to stay within my calorie range which at this time is 1250-1500 calories. My first problem is I enjoy food too much. I don't think I emotion eat or overdo fast food but I have developed this habit of eating too many times a day. As I write this I'm realizing that snacking is my problem. While over eating is a big one for me I don't want to put too much on my goal plate so for now I'm just going to ask myself not to eat any snack between breakfast and lunch. Anyone reading this blog please feel free to give feedback on any successful solutions to mindless snacking. I know I can chew gum or drink water when I feel the urge, I definitley feel like its going to be a mind over matter deal with me cuz nothing but me can stop me when I get an urge to do something. I just wish my urge to get back to a healthier me was stronger than the urge to snack.

  
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WALLAHALLA 1/8/2013 1:39PM

    Fruits and nuts pack a big nutrient punch for snacks.

I hate mindless exercise. I like to read a book while I am doing the elliptical, treadmill, or bike. I sometime listen to music, and challenge myself to move to the beat of the song, making sure I follow really fast songs with a slower one, so I don't over do it. Constantly changing pace keeps me entertained longer.

At home, I hula hoop or do strength training while the fam watches tv. That way both my mind and body are occupied.

Glad your back! just keep trying new things until you find what works for your.

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SUSANBEAMON 1/8/2013 12:41AM

  you know where you are, you know where you want to be, you know how to get there, it's up to you now.

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NANCYPAT1 1/7/2013 6:16PM

    One thing I found helpful was to not forbid snacks but to always have HEALTHY (low calorie) single portion, that In love wherever I am likely to want them. I have some stashed in my car, my purse, my desk, by gym bag and even next to my computer. I have things like fruit and veggies (fresh baby or carrot sticks, apple slices, oranges, raisin boxes, other dried fruit), protein and fiber bars, SMALL candy (dark chocolate kisses, hard candy, mini candy bars), pretzels, etc. I PLAN for them and include them in my calories for the day - I used to use them ALL the time, now - not so much. It also reduced the fast food temptations. Eating often is GOOD. Eating a LOT often is NOT SO GOOD. If you sit down and put the foods you PLAN to eat in your tracker, you can them spread it out throughout the day however you like. For me FORBIDDEN means FORGET IT - so once it was no longer FORBIDDEN, I gradually didn't find myself craving it.

The theory here is that instead of BULLYING ourselves over what we should NOT do, we replace it with something it is OKAY to do. Once it is no longer BAD, it is somehow less attractive.

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AJB121299 1/7/2013 6:06PM

    good luck in 2013

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How I use my Nutrition Tracker

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1st I plan ahead and I try to bring all my meals and snacks from home. I wish it werenít so, but Iím a snacker so my meals revolve around my snacks. I try to make them healthy snacks but also ďbadĒ enough so Iím not tempted by candy bars or gelato bars. Since my meals revolve around my snacks they have to be healthy and filling; ranging at about 300-400 calories.
A typical breakfast (generally my largest meal of the day) for me is Ĺ to 1 cup of hot cereal (cream of wheat, oatmeal, or grits), maybe 1 large egg, and a veggie sausage or slice of turkey bacon. I eat this meal before I leave home at about 6:30am. Iím usually craving food about 10am. I say craving because in the beginning of my transformation I wouldnít let myself get hungry because then I would grab whatever I could get my hands on. This habit of eating before Iím that hungry now has me craving foods at certain times of the day whether Iím hungry or not. Initially I believed this helped me lose weight but now I think Iíve developed a bad habit of eating when Iím not hungry, hence the excessive snacking. Anyway around 10am I will have a greek yogurt or a bowl of cereal (Kashi Go Lean is my favorite) with lowfat milk or almond milk.
Lunch depending on whether Iím at school or work can be a problem. For example, today I work a 12 hour shift and I only packed breakfast, of course snacks, and dinner. My plan was to get lunch from the cafeteria. I had in mind a tuna sandwich (2 slices of bread and ľ cup of tuna salad) and a bag of Pop Chips.
With the breakfast(s) I had already eaten, the snacks I wasnít willing to give up and the dinner that I really needed to eat I was at approx 1820 calories; 130 more than I should which is not so bad but I was also over on carbs which Iím trying to bring down, fat within range and not enough protein to meet my liking since Iím trying to come in on the high end. I know the snacks are my problem and Iím working on that.
Well I looked at the cafť menu and saw they were having fried chicken, collard greens, black eye peas, mashed potatoes or shrimp fried rice or BBQ riblet sandwich and jalepeno poppers plus the regular fair; salad bar, sandwich bar, or hamburger, fries and such. The obvious was out. I rarely eat burgers and fries, never ever jalepeno poppers or other ďappetizersĒ and if I eat riblets I made them and they are definitely worth their weight in calories. I wouldnít call myself a food nazi but Iím definitely a snob. LOL!
So it was deal with the overage and go with the sandwich or have a salad which I donít hate but still had me over or forgo lunch all together which is never a good plan for me. So I played with the tracker reducing some of the salad items which included mixed greens, baby carrots, raw onion, sliced tomato, olives, and cottage cheese with fresh ground pepper and a grilled chicken breast; which is the healthy option in the burger and fries station. I wasnít excited about it b/c Iíve been eating salads and I was having to reduce baby carrots to 3 and 2 serving of greens instead of four but anything not to give up my snack of craisins and walnuts and popcorn, and my yummy fiber one bar and apple. But then it hit me!
What if I ate a cup of collard greens, a cup of black eye peas, and a 3oz chicken breast I just might stay within range up my protein lower my carbs and not have to eat yet another salad. DrumrollÖ.
Salad
234 calories; Carbs 19; Fat 4; Protein 31

Black eye peas, collard greens, and chicken breast
224 calories; Carbs 28; Fat 2; Protein 24

The salad would have been better but not by much and I enjoyed the grilled chicken, black eye peas and greens WAYYYY more. I reduced the black eyed peas to ĺ cup and again Iím not a food nazi so I donít know what they were cooked in or what was added for flavor. I didnít taste bacon or detect any remnants of meat and the greens were just greens no meat or other veggies so I feel like Iím pretty close in my estimations. I also reduced the rice in my dinner to Ĺ cup. I would say that I wonít eat all my snacks today but Iím sure thatís not going to happen. One thing at a timeÖ

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 7/8/2012 4:17PM

    I find the whole training one's self to "eat when not hungry" totally fascinating. I have asked myself that question many times. For example, if I haven't eaten all of the allotted calories for the day, should I eat them anyway just to "be" healthy? I used to say "yes." Now, I just eat if I am hungry - for the most part, that is the goal. I think the interesting thing about the journey is learning all of these intricacies about how we view food and what really makes us tick.

I do applaud you for "knowing" you are a person who likes snacks and was smart enough to work them into your daily plan. I think I stopped struggling when I just accepted who I am in all areas of life, including food - and clearly, you know who you are. Can't beat that with a stick! Anyway, great work! And GREAT blog.

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FITJEANS 3/23/2012 1:45PM

    Hi chica, stopped by to say Hello, and wish you much success on your journey.

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TIFFY0906 1/25/2012 8:06PM

    I eat 3 meals a day and 3 snacks (healthy snacks of course - like almonds, peanuts, atkins indulge bars, yogurt and my all time favorite skinny cow ice cream). I have a couple not so healthy snacks but not too bad like flamin' hot munchies but I only eat 1/2 serving when I do eat it). I manage to stay in my range setup by SP 1290 - 1640 (I usually keep it around 1420 - 1460). My hardiest time is Tuesday because usually I work about 15+ hours that day so after my last eating schedule I may be ready to eat again fortunately I have about 180 more cals to play with so I usually eat a couple of almonds.

Anyway, I think the salad or the chicken/collard greens/black eyed peas were both good choices and you did good to resist the other more fattening foods they had. Keep up the good work with your tracking. The fact that we put thought into what we eat now is a good thing. I remember in the past I didn't even think about cals, fat, carbs, protein, etc. Now that is progress.

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What is it going to take???

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

On the good foot, I've only had candy once since I've started this challenge and that was on New Years Eve. I've been working out regularly...but only at the gym:( I am happy I have started jogging and weight lifting and turbo kicking; all my favorites and sure to keep the weight off but...
school is starting in a couple of weeks and even though I've worked out a schedule for me to attend these workouts at the gym that will all fly out the window when I'm neck deep in homework and can't fit the travel time into my schedule. I treated myself to my headphones and workout bra because I never reward myself but I don't feel successful in this challenge not having developed an at home routine so unless I get my butt in gear I am not getting my heart rate monitor or my much coveted cowgirl boots.
My plan is to do 15 minutes; 5 minutes ab workout and 10 minute jump rope SP video 3 times this week. Tonight! Friday night! Saturday night!
This needs to be just like my candy fast. I am making a promise to myself and respecting myself enough to make good on that promise.

  
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FITJEANS 1/25/2012 1:39PM

    Hey chica, sounds like a great plan. I start school in the middle of febuary so im quite excited about that. We can def workout and go to school we just have to make some time. Congrats on ur progress. Thats agreat treat for ya self , head phones and bra. I can do for some headphones and sports bra's my self. Im definitely cheering you emoticon all the way to the finish line.I know i told you b4, but i love your spark name. Define mine, It is the truth. We define our own success ;D lol trying to rush and get some sp time, got to play with my little ones and, get ready for work in a few. ttyl chica.

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Progress...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I had this all typed up earlier this week but it was all erased when I tried to save it. I have to type my blogs in my journal and then cut and paste them to a blog. Soooo annoying but it helps me journal.

I'm doing pretty good

I have not had any candy which is phenomenal considering I have a serious addiction to all things sweet. I've had a lot of cookies but tis the season and I'm aware that I shouldn't sub so I'm being mindful about how many I eat. Funny thing about me "giving up" candy is I've constantly told myself I should limit my candy consumption and given in as soon as a craving hit me but when I've given it up totally I don't give in because its like I'd be breaking a promise to myself. I've thought about giving up cookies too but I don't really want to so I don't think I'd be as dedicated and may possibly ruin my no candy streak as well.

As for working out at home; I haven't done much of it. I like using equipment however my goal is to workout 3x a week at home so I'll have to get with it. I'm going to do the jump rope workout 3x this week along with abs and lunges. This is my little side motivational challenge b/c if I complete it I'm going to by my balance ball along with my workout bra. I've been doing 10 minutes of stairs at work; technically not a home workout but it's not the gym either. Plus short work outs increase calories burned per day :) I'm back in the gym too. I hadn't done Body Pump in months and it feels good to be back. I'm also kicking butt in Turbo Kick.
All of the above is what helped with my weight loss initially and I fell off so as hard as getting back on the horse is; its a little easier knowing that this does work!

  


I need to write

Monday, December 12, 2011

Why?

1.I just finished Eng121 and I'm not trying to forget all I learned when 122 is right around the corner. All my blogs will be in proper grammar and punctuation, and I will make sure to cite all borrowed phrases or ideas. LOL!

2. It is recommended and for a good reason Im sure. Accountability, support...

HELP!
Since I've added school to my busy schedule I've had no motivation to go work out. More often than not, it's because I have a deadline looming over my head and I'm up to the wee hours doing homework. Plus its COLD! However, I am determined to not gain back any of the 50lbs I lost over the last 2 years and I really love working out. It makes me feel good.

Please if there are any students/mothers/full time employees out there that have overcome this challenge your advice is needed.

So far I've come up with a few ideas.

1. Schedule the time. Even if its just 1/2 hour. No more no less, so that I stay on schedule and not use the excuse that it caused a kink in other plans so I can't do it.

2. Stick with the schedule! NO EXCUSES.

3. When I feel like making excuses have a picture of the "old" me to remind me how far I've come. Has anyone ever tried something like this and had it work for them?

4. Buy myself a Christmas gift. A set of 7 and 10lb weights and a balance ball.

5. Have a short routine I can do at home with weights and balance ball when my mind is numb from studying (or it's too cold outside (winter be gone!)

6. When at home do short workouts that add up to scheduled amount of time.

I feel better. Blogging does help. This started as a journal entry, in the spark journal, in the planner section but, I really would like feed back so I'll be posting it as a blog as soon as I get to a computer that doesn't hate me.
TTFN

  
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DEFINEMINE 12/17/2011 7:25PM

    Schen- Heyyyy! I will not forget you. ;) (actually I never do) Thanks for the congrats and the vital reminders as I pile it on for next semester. As much as I enjoy learning (why wasn't it this much fun in high school when the courses were free???)I dont want to get burned out. I so want a Wii; TV & exercise in one. What a beautiful thing.
Sunset- I would get myself the Wii but I don't ever want to share it with my children so I guess I'll go for the next best thing; a bicycle that I can ride along with the children and feel like one of them; lmbo as I embarrass the hec out of them; singing WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE going down the hills... so much fun :D Yes the writing does make me feel better.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 12/13/2011 5:25PM

    English undergrad here! Woot Woot :) Make sure you find time for balance and for yourself. Don't get overwhelemed with deadlines and everything that you have on your plate. Take time for self-care and maintenance. It's good for your body and good for your mind. Even if it's while catching up on some TV, it still counts for something. Congrats on completing your class!

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SUNSET09 12/12/2011 4:48PM

  Writing helps and you should be feeling better already! emoticon I buy myself a gift as well to make sure I get what I really want from "Santa"! emoticon emoticon

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