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Getting back into routine

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This past week has been spent getting back into a routine for me. I have learned a vary valuable lesson, when my life changes I get off track.

At the beginning of June I moved from MI to AL. I also moved in with roommates after living on my own for quite some time. This definitely was a huge change in my life. I started out okay trying to get exercise in every day, continue my with my eating habits and making time for myself. Then it stopped.

I can blame it on the schedule of my roommates (one of which is my boyfriend); that they are night owls, but in reality is always my choice. I made the choice to fall into their unhealthy eating habits (eating out, eating out of boxes & cans, high sugar foods, etc), unhealthy sleep patterns and began to ignore the much needed "me time."

This past week I have really focused on me, my values and how I want to live my life. I have made the decision to reset my schedule and routine to something that I feel comfortable with.

I am back on my exercise streak, starting with a basic 10 minutes a day which usually turns into more. I am back to getting my 9+ cups of water a day. I am back to spending at least 30 minutes a day on myself and my goals.

I made the choice that I am going eat the way I want to and if the others want some that is fine, but I am tired of feeling guilty every time I eat. I also have been feeling sluggish and have been having intestinal issues, both of which are due to my nutrition.

I have even gotten back into my card making. This is something I haven't really done a ton of for the last couple of years. It is so relaxing, I can't believe I stopped.

As many of you may know, my passion is helping others along their journey. I have had a huge bout of feeling guilty because I was neglecting myself, which is something I help others avoid doing. I am putting my own words into practice and finding that they really do help. I think I should start listening to myself more often. :)

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GINGERLY4 8/14/2012 9:39AM

    Good job at self-reflection and recognizing what is going on! You will be able to get back to your plan!

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ROXYZMOM 8/12/2012 7:54PM

    Great job taking "the bull by the horns"!

You have had a lot of changes this summer and it's going to take time to work everything out. I am sure your boyfriend understands what you have to do. He knows how hard you worked to lose weight.

I eat totally different than my husband. He loved fried foods and eating out all the time. I will only eat out with him Thursday and Saturday nights. He's on his own the rest of the time! If we go out to lunch at work, I will only go to the Chinese restaurant - he's on his own the rest of the time since he eats junk.

Don't feel bad about it. We make our choices and they make theirs. We aren't going back!!

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BMW9295 8/12/2012 4:49PM

    emoticon You made a great choice to take care of you. I too have to get back on track and with my son starting school back this is the perfect time for me to do this too. I am proud of and for you. Thanks for motivating me to do the same.
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Thanks for sharing!

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/12/2012 3:50PM

    Good job getting on track after having some big life changes! A disruption to your routine (where you live, who you live with...) is a big adjustment and you've realized that you need to make yourself a priority! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Last night

Friday, July 13, 2012

I had a blast last night. My roommates and I went to a new game store in BHM. It was really nice to get out and meet some new people. We ended up playing Munchkin. That game was a blast. It has humorous cards for the game, but I think it was the people that made it fun. I've been here for a month and am just now getting out to meet new people. I loved it! I think we're going again tonight.

When I go, I do need to remember to take some water with me. They only have Dasani, which I cannot stand the taste of. I ended up drinking a small frappuccino and a coconut water. Not too bad, but pricy on the pocketbook. Then we went by Burger King on the way home because we were starving, so I'm definitely taking some of my cliff bars with me this time as well.

I guess you live and you learn.

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BMW9295 7/15/2012 3:54PM

    So happy for you... Birmingham is not the best city... but not the worst depending on what part of town you are in. I have lived here most of my life so I know the ups and downs. I hope you continue to meet lots of nice folks and that you have found what you need for exercise and healthy living.
I just discovered Cliff Bars myself..... prefer the crunch ones..... was great for breakfast yesterday before work. Think I will put a pack in the car for when we have to be out at mealtime... good idea you had.

Keep having fun!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/13/2012 2:35PM

    Glad you had lots of fun!!

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TERRIEHICKS 7/13/2012 1:10PM

    Learning from small mistakes is always a good thing. I am glad you had a good time meeting new people and playing the game! I hope you have a great weekend!


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Up earlier every day

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I've set myself a goal to be getting up at 8am again. Since I moved, my schedule has been all sorts of crazy. I'm sure that part of it is because I have the summer off, another part is that my roommates are night people, and the third is that I have gotten into a bad habit.

I get so much more done when I get up in the mornings. Every day over the past week, I have gotten up half an hour earlier. This is not saying much, as I'm only up at 10am now. Yes, it got pretty bad. I like getting up before my roomies b/c I can get so much done. I am getting a good system in place. I feel I am able to accomplish that much more when I get up earlier.

My body also seems to function better when I get up at a decent time in the morning. Part of it is because I go to bed earlier. Call me crazy, but I really do feel I get better sleep if I'm sleeping before midnight.

In the next few days I should be able to be back to my old schedule.

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CRAIGTORG 7/13/2012 1:31AM

    I think this is important. I struggle with this, too. emoticon

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HEALTHY513 7/12/2012 1:43PM

  Keep at it Jessica! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/11/2012 10:49PM

    Often the day is more productive the earlier is person is up...but it is so hard to do it!

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SWEETNWASTATE 7/11/2012 6:19PM

    I love that early is like 8am! I thought it would be like 5am and I was going to live vicariously through you. I keep thinking if I can be a morning person I could get an extra workout in but I cant wake up!!! Congrats on chaning the habbit

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TERRIEHICKS 7/11/2012 4:32PM

    I have been sleeping a bit...only to 8am since my boys are out for summer vacation. At least you are trying to get up earlier everyday so that is progress!! Keep up the good work!

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KAYLSLYNN 7/11/2012 4:16PM

    I HAVE FALLEN INTO THE SAME HABIT. I HAVE BLAMED IT ON THE HOT WEATHER. I TO FEEL BETTER UP BY 8 AM. HUBBY IS A LATE SLEEPIER ALSO SO THAT MAKES IT BAD. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULIENMM 7/11/2012 3:39PM

    Once school starts again, you're going to be happy that you have started to wake up earlier. And I agree that you can get so much done in the morning before others wake up. My "roommates" (=kids and DH) tend to throw me off with all their demands when they are awake, so it's way easier to do things before they get up.

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SEANDA 7/11/2012 1:45PM

    Oh I SO agree. Here in our house times tend to creep in summer also... as hubby is a professor... but I feel better and am more productive if I don't fall into that habit. For me getting up before 8 is key to a really good day. :) You can DO this.

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/11/2012 1:38PM

    I like getting up early too. Since it is summer I haven't been sticking to a set schedule. I'm going to work on getting up earlier and getting my workout done. Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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Cheat days???

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Okay, so I am really not a fan of "cheat days". I think it gives someone an excuse to go way overboard with their bad choices while they are trying to make their lives more balanced. In making a life more balanced I like to think of it more as enjoying the foods you love.

I choose to eat what I want, when I want. Does this mean I go way over on bad choices every day? No. It just simply means that if I'm craving something sweet, I eat it. I pay attention to my portion size, document it, make sure I'm aware of the food I just ate and move on. I feel doing it this way helps lead to a well balanced life of things I enjoy and things that are healthier choices.

I truly believe that "cheat days" are not necessary if you give yourself permission to enjoy life.

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FTSOLK 9/22/2012 9:07AM

    I have a slightly different view on cheat days. My most successful time losing weight was when I had a Tuesday cheat day (my weigh-in was at night, so I basically starved myself all day and then pigged out on everything all night). However, I've learned to adapt my views on "cheat" days/meals.

Basically, instead of having a set cheat day/meal, I have adapted my "rules" so I have specific times where I canNOT cheat. Basically, when I'm at home, eating lunch at work, or in any situation where I'm NOT hanging out with friends, I'm not giving myself any wiggle room- aside from maybe one or two treats a week (which can include yogurt). When I'm hanging out with friends, however, I'll be more flexible and enjoy myself.

That being said, there are a few modifications that I have to make because of it- even more than just skipping the Little Debbie snacks when at the store. One of my close friends bakes and sells the most amazing cupcakes ever, and I can easily polish off a dozen or so within a day or two. With my new "rules", however, instead of buying a few to eat right away, I'll buy only two when she is selling them. Then, I'll take the two cupcakes when my best friend and I go out, and we'll enjoy them with our drinks at Starbucks. (I get an unsweetened tea every time I go- aside from the rare occasions I might order a decaf soy latte). It's not like I'm depriving myself of things, I'm just changing WHEN I eat them. A cupcake alone while watching endless reruns of The Golden Girls is NOT a treat. It's downright depressing. Enjoying a cupcake with a friend, however, is a completely different story.

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KAYLSLYNN 7/11/2012 4:20PM

    VERY GOOD THOUGHTS I AGREE WITH THEM. WHEN WE CAN HAVE WHAT WE WANT WE ARE IN MORE CONTROL. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 7/11/2012 2:35AM

    emoticon Cheat days are a problem for me too. I have enough days that I struggle in, so adding cheat days doesn't help and gives me an excuse to binge. Thanks for sharing.

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LINDSEYKRISTEN 7/10/2012 11:00PM

    I don't have a problem with cheat days in theory, but they have never worked for me. I just end up feeling like a failure and one cheat day turns into two, then three, etc. good post!

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GLASSART43 7/10/2012 9:02PM

    Yes, I plan for my treats and track them - it's made all the difference.

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    Every other time I've dieted, I've used cheat days. You're absolutley right...I'd cram all the bad things I wanted into two meals and then I'd crave them all week. This time around, I don't really feel the need for cheat days. I just tell myself I can have whatever I want when I want it and I don't feel this panic at being deprived.

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GOLOPTIOUS 7/10/2012 3:53PM

    I agree and so does my trainer. When I first started working out, I brought this idea up and he immediately shot it down because it messes up your metabolism and takes a few days for you to get back where you were before the cheat day. Balance is best!

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MAMMER3 7/10/2012 3:21PM

    Before Sparkpeople I would look forward to cheat days and go crazy! Now I realized if I want cake I will have it, I will have a healthy meal and then a cake not a whole one but a piece of one and not every day but sometimes and I don't feel deprived it works much much better!!!

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TERRIEHICKS 7/10/2012 2:12PM

    I do agree with you. I eat what I want in moderation so I do not feel deprived. I do usually allow myself a meal every week that is a little over on calories and fat.

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Monday, Monday

Monday, July 09, 2012

Happy Monday!!! Mondays are great for me b/c I feel like if I get off track anywhere, I always get back on Monday morning. I got up and got completely dressed the last couple of days and it makes me feel so much better. I noticed when I got dressed for the wedding it made me feel better. So I set a goal to get up and dressed with make up plus all the other works in the mornings. I will leave the weekends for lounging days. I feel much more energized than the days when I don't have make up on and remain in what I call my "grungy" clothes. I like to dress what most would call "business casual". I just call it my norm.

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/10/2012 2:46PM

    Yay for a great start to your week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYLSLYNN 7/10/2012 12:35PM

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/9/2012 7:11PM

    Happy Monday!
I find putting a bit of extra effort into my look boosts my mood too.

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MAMMER3 7/9/2012 7:00PM

    There is something to say about looking good and put together on the outside can make u feel good and put together on the inside!

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HEALTHY513 7/9/2012 6:43PM

  I always have the same problem when I'm off for the summer. Not only do I need to avoid the grungy clothes, I have to make myself a schedule and follow it. I can't handle being on my own, LOL.

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TERRIEHICKS 7/9/2012 6:12PM

    I have noticed I feel better about myself if I put a little make up on (I am a stay at home mom). I sometimes feel a little depressed because I do stay at home and I really do not need to but there are no good jobs out there right now plus I do not want to work for anyone!

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KATIEGARCIA 7/9/2012 6:07PM

    I agree about Mondays helping you get back on track...

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