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the easy way to lose weight? no thanks, i'd rather work hard!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

well last week was interesting. i really got into my no alcohol til new year's eve goal. i was fighting a cold with a bad cough. it hurt to breathe in all the way and i had a coughing fit everytime i tried. difficult to work out when you can't breathe. i don't drink when i'm sick, so that made my goal pretty easy! through all my suffering i lost 4 lbs. yea! i know this is connected to being sick, loss of appetite and no alcohol. but it still felt good to see that low number on my scale! i haven't weighed less than 225 in over a year! this week i'm feeling better, still coughing, but i can almost breathe normally again. i don't plan to see a drop like last week when i step on the scale monday. working out is still not easy and my appetite has been a bit more normal this week. being sick can really help you lose weight. but i think i'd rather workout and eat properly. i may be killing myself with a work out, but it feels a heck of a lot better than death by coughing.

as for my no alcohol goal: i'm still doing well! i'm planning out halloween now. it may prove to be a challenge. this weekend could be a bit trying as well. but i think i'll use my 'getting over a cold' excuse. if any of you have friends who normally drink and suddenly aren't, don't pester them as to why. for some reason the last reason people want to hear is, i'm trying to lose some weight. anything works better: i'm sick, i'm driving, i'm hungover from last night...it's kind of sad. i've given up alcohol for substantial amounts of time before and people never accept the truth. whatever it is. so i make up an excuse and they usually leave me alone. maybe i just have really unsupportive friends?

  
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GREENSHADE 10/28/2009 9:47PM

    I've been coughing all week and not working out, but I've stuck to eating better - I'm still a newbie here. Avoiding alcohol to lose weight is kind of new to me. I never drank all that much but I had just gotten to where I could enjoy beer - now I have pumpkin beer in the fridge and won't drink it. Thanks for posting about staying strong - that's really hard to do when you're sick!

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GREENSHADE 10/28/2009 9:47PM

    I've been coughing all week and not working out, but I've stuck to eating better - I'm still a newbie here. Avoiding alcohol to lose weight is kind of new to me. I never drank all that much but I had just gotten to where I could enjoy beer - now I have pumpkin beer in the fridge and won't drink it. Thanks for posting about staying strong - that's really hard to do when you're sick!

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GREENSHADE 10/28/2009 9:47PM

    I've been coughing all week and not working out, but I've stuck to eating better - I'm still a newbie here. Avoiding alcohol to lose weight is kind of new to me. I never drank all that much but I had just gotten to where I could enjoy beer - now I have pumpkin beer in the fridge and won't drink it. Thanks for posting about staying strong - that's really hard to do when you're sick!

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CLALIZ 10/19/2009 12:47AM

    Hope you feel better soon! And yes, you do get tired after a workout but that feels better than having no energy at all :(
And as for insisting friends and alcohol, I know something about that. Although I have lived away from where most of them live for a few years, but when I was near they would try to get me to drink whatever they were drinking. A headache was the excuse I would use, honestly some of the drinks I didn't like. My husband doesn't drink, so that makes it easy, and he is pretty good at refusing people's drinks, he just says 'no thanks, I am fine for now". and that works for him. Although, I can see that when they are your close friends they could easily insist more. How about sharing your goal of no alcohol and tell them that this is important for you and that you are fine without it. :)
Best of luck!!!
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BGMUNCHKIN 10/15/2009 12:34PM

    good luck with the Alcohol. I know it is hard when what you have been doing is going out with friends and then don't want to drink with them. I don't feel bad going into the bar and ordering water or cranberry juice. I don't need the extra calories and I don't need to spend the money. think of all the money you can save to buy that new wardrobe with. emoticon

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PAG2809 10/15/2009 11:59AM

    Y'know, this issue was one of the things that led to my giving up some friends when I gave up drinking permanently. We may have completely different situations, so take this with a really big grain of salt (luckily, one that will not create sodium issues for you)... but the short version of this story is that when I quit drinking I dropped some friends and I'm still careful about making new ones. After this many years, there is no temptation to drink. I just find hanging out with hard drinkers either boring or annoying, depending on where they are in the evening.

Of course, whether your friends support your life goals is the overarching question. If they don't support you losing weight, do you really need them? Its not an easy decision to make, I know.

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i will not let this weekend ruin my success

Friday, October 02, 2009

dark, heavy german beer. sausage. cheese. fast food. hotel room.

yup, that about sums up my weekend! oktoberfest here i come! sounds scary, eh? it is. especially with monday being my weigh in day. that scale will not be my friend! but i'm going to try to not anger it too much. i have packed healthy snacks to help avoid the fast food and sausage. i brought sandwhich stuff so i won't have to worry about meals. and there's a nice safe subway across the highway. the hotel offers a decent breakfast. i should be okay...but i did mention german beer. some of that stuff is like a meal in a cup. good quality beer was afterall a meal back in the day. i'm going to limit myself and drink slowly. i have this thing, probably cause i drink so much water, where i have to constantly be drinking something. so it kind of messes me up at bars cause if i'm already in too deep i don't think about ordering ice tea or water. nope, more beer for me! so if i drink slowly i'll hopefully think of drinking water instead of another beer.

oktoberfest is in a small town in wa state (leavenworth, if you're wondering) and once we get there we park the car and walk. so i'll get a lot of walking in. sadly, some of it is to the candy shop and cheese cellar. which is soooo good! but i'll be strong! plus, we just bought a house and we don't have much money to spend there. so that's a bonus!

i will not let this weekend ruin me. i will have fun and not feel guilty for overindulging. cause i will behave! i will, for once, be in control of what i put into my body. usually i'm like, vacation! lets have some fun! but after my poor september performance i must keep october in check.

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/3/2009 8:55PM

    Good for you! A healthy lifestyle has room in it for the occasional celebration. You have a plan, you know the possible outcomes... and when the party's over, time to get right back to the "normal" program.



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TWARGO3 10/3/2009 4:38PM

    You can do it!!! You DO have a plan in place.. and you are in charge of your choices.. You go... remember it is a lifestyle and you know when you can give in for a treat. Besides... you got tomorrow to work it off, right?

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DIVAGURL 10/2/2009 2:33PM

    Way to go - making a plan BEFORE you go! Be sure to get in lean protein at breakfast. Maybe pack some nuts to snack on. Happy walking and festing!

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TONYA_JO 10/2/2009 11:11AM

    you have a great plan in place! Have a great time :)

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SOMASLIM 10/2/2009 10:47AM

    I'm German and Octoberfest is a big deal in our community too.
It's not like you are going to drink beer and eat bratwurst 24/7.
Enjoy your evening(s) .... because tomorrow is another day!

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it's gonna be one of those days

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

i'm very busy at work this week, but i needed to sneak in some sp time. my day is not going well.

first, i weighed in this morning. down to 229.0 from last week's 232.5(darn tom!) good loss right, not when the week before last i was at 227! ugh. my goal was to be at 220 by oct 1. guess that isn't going to happen. so i have admitted defeat. which hopefully won't last long. new month, new goal. guess it will probably be the same goal.

second, i forgot my lunch! so now my options are crappy fast food or cinamon rolls left over from yesterday. neither sound appealing, but it will most likely be the latter since i don't drive to work and would have to catch a ride somewhere with someone.

then, i actually remembered to replenish my stock of tea at work this morning. i was completely out and have been forgetting for weeks. i was very proud of myself for remembering. but i packed them in my lunch bag. so i don't have that either.

well, it's almost 8 am, maybe things will go better for me now.

  
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TARAFANA1 9/30/2009 11:34AM

    I hope the rest of your day is better, but if this is a learning experience for you, then no matter how bad it goes you'll have gained something. Don't let the past chain you down tomorrow,

keep looking ahead,
*Cole

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NEWOINCAN 9/30/2009 11:00AM

  like you i feel like i have been resarting my goal over and over. just stay positive and try to stock some healthy snacks up at work. that way even if you forget your lunch you will have healthier choices. the only thing that saves me is that a grocery store is next to my restaurant. a place determined to destroy any idea i have of eating healthy. good luck and hope the week not just the day, gets better.

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weekends are killing me!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

i know i'm not alone in this. everyone has trouble with weekends. you tend to be a bit more lazy, or sometimes real busy, so you just don't have time to workout. you're eating poorly or drinking too much. the list goes on and on for why the weekends are dangerous! you all know what i'm talking about.
summer is over and i'm going to start using my weekends to benefit me. i drink a lot on the weekends and in the summer. there's just something about sitting outside and enjoying a nice cold beverage. sometimes i tend to be too relaxed in the mornings. enjoying a nice quiet saturday morning in the sun. or i'm way too busy and have to be somewhere by 8 am. often i drank too much the night before and working up a sweat does not sound fun!
you see, i just need to turn my weekends around! starting now! this weekend i'm going to oktoberfest. which means lots of beer and german food. also staying in a hotel. i'm going to eat healthy when i can and get as much walking around in as possible. which shouldn't be difficult since we don't drive the car once we get to the hotel. i'm not going to drink a lot of beer. most people go there to get real drunk. i like to people watch, so not drinking a lot won't be difficult.
the weekend after that i'm going camping. more than likely. now camping is tricky. you tend to snack more than you would at home. so i'm going to have to bring healthy snacks. lots of veggies! plus the drinking. going camping this time of year is different than a time like august. it's colder so you don't stay up as late. plus drinking cold beer all night when it's cold out isn't a lot of fun. but i will be eating and drinking more than i should. if the weather is decent i'll be doing some hiking. that will be good.
after that weekend i do not have any foreseeable dangerous plans. that said, my goal is to go from oct 13 to december 31 with no alcohol of any form. i'm not going to fool myself and think i can make it through new year's eve sober. heh. then my birthday is in january, and that's just not going to happen. i'm going to focus on december 31 for now.

i'm not an alcoholic or anything. i just like to drink. and once i start, i don't totally like to stop at 1 or 2. not much fun in that! alcohol is a big reason why i've gained so much weight in the last 5 or so years. it is something i need to work on. we'll see what the result is! it may just motivate me to find a new hobby. lol!

the worst part of the weekend, which should actually be a motivator, is that my weigh in days are mondays.

  
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BGMUNCHKIN 9/27/2009 5:06PM

    Wow I can totally relate. I know if I want to lose weight, I have to stop drinking any alcohol (which I don't mind just drinking water and watching the drunks), but can easily get sucked into a drink. I hate weekends as well, because I am either bored out of my mind or so busy I cannot stand it. It is so much easier for me to not eat the good food I need to on the weekends and eat the food full of fat, because that's waht every one else is eating. So know, you are not alone. emoticon

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AJTJLOVEJOY1 9/27/2009 5:03PM

    Hi me and you sound alike. Lets make a pack, but lets start from october 1st until december 31st. I can use te help. You are the first SP friend that has the same weekend enjoyment. Let's check in with each other every other day. We can do this. but we need to be hones and check in every Sunday. I want to be close to 135lbs by the end of the year. Toni emoticon emoticon We can do this

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send some positive thoughts my way! please.

Monday, September 21, 2009

ugh! i need some uplifting happy thoughts! today is being a monday! not only did i not want get out of my warm bed and freeze (it's too early for freezing temps!) this morning when i finally did get out i learned i had gained 2 lbs. i was pretty bummed about this, as you can imagine, but when i was in the shower this morning i realize it was TOM weight gain. I always gain two lbs before i start. that made me feel better. i just wished i had remembered that before stepping the scale. still. a gain sucks, even though i know it will be gone before i step on again next monday. so i was feeling better about all that and planning my workout for this afternoon. since, as was mentioned above, i didn't want to leave my warm bed this morning.

so i get on to sp and check my sparkmail, always makes me happy to see i have some! and they were both down in the dumps messages! man! i read them and totally felt my positive feelings plummet. so i need to happy thoughts!

please share your thoughts with me. anything. accomplishments or inspiring quotes. just something to help me get through the workday with a smile on my face.

btw, anyone else have a heck of a time getting up on mondays to workout? if i skip one day a week, it's almost always a monday! which is so bad! i'm not the best behaved person on the weekends. heh.

tia for the awesome inspiration! you guys are the best!

  
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TWARGO3 10/3/2009 4:43PM

    This is a quote i have been saying to my selfover and over... "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels". And... when I mess up a bit... I say "This is a lifestyle... there will be bumps in the road... but if i just stay on the road (and be honest about the way I am driving._.. I will get there."... OOooo and here is another one that encourages me...
my hubby always says "This is a marathon... not a sprint". It helps to remind me that I am in this for the long haul.

I know me. Life can't be too restrictive or I give up. I gotta have grace with myself.. and keep going!!! ;o)

Know that you are loved... here is a scripture that i cling to on down days 'Jeremiah 29:11'...

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AMYCRAFT05 9/21/2009 2:12PM

    Don't be too tough on yourself dear.....The sun is shining now and I'm sure you'll get some exercise in today. Let's promise each other 30 min. when we wake up tomorrow morning. We can do it! To make it easier maybe we could try to hop into bed a half hour earlier than normal. Either way, we're gonna do this!---Amy

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EVRLNGFOO 9/21/2009 1:40PM

    thanks for the feedback! it's still chilly, but sunny! i may just have to walk at lunch. great idea!

thanks again for the support!

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W8WHITTILER 9/21/2009 12:23PM

    Well Mondays are kinda like the song the Bangles sang.."Just another Manic Monday, wish it were Sunday, cause that's my Funday"
Don't be so hard on yourself, try to squeeze something in a little later today, even while watching tv later on, get up and walk in place during the commercials, you do realize that is like a 12 minute workout for just a 30 minute show...
Get you some bands and do some simple strength moves while watching tv, or carry them to work with you and do some at work..if it is chilly at work, don your jacket and take a walk at break, got stairs at work, better yet, use them at break.
Remember our workouts don't have to be an hour long each session, we can break them up throughout the day.
So don't get bummed, the day is not over yet..and most important of all.
YOU CAN DO IT!
Just do your very best today, that simple, and if you do you are one step closer to success!
Patty

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AMAS92568 9/21/2009 11:34AM

    I'm like you ... I really bad on the weekends, especially with football season here now. But look at Monday as a way to get back on track. The really good news is that Monday morning only lasts for a few hours! emoticon

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