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The Neverending Journey

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another day, another lesson. I think I was always aware of this, but it really kind of floated up to the forefront of my reasoning last night.

I was on a pretty good roll there for a second, and rapidly approaching a major milestone. And then I stalled out, and I've been kind of stuck on a plateau for a few weeks now. Lucky for me, I have had this realization about three weeks before my next check in with my trainer, so I have time to put a plan into action.

I usually don't have a problem staying within the ridiculous calorie range SP sets for me. I'm heavy and super active, so it's not usual for the top of my range to be over 3,000 calories. On my super active days, my LOWER end is over 3,000. I feel like that's a lot. And I'm totally not comfortable eating that many calories, unless someone in the nutrition profession said it was ok. But usually when I eat that much, it's crap food anyway. It's like the higher range gives me some kind of unconscious permission to go on an eat-a-thon.

Anyway, that's not really the revelation. What I've really noticed lately is that dinner is my most calorie-heavy meal of the day. I've gotten into a monstrously bad habit of have 1,000+ calories at the end of the day. A lot of times within two hours of bedtime. It is an unfortunate hazard of going to bed between 10:00-11:00 to answer the 4:30 siren song of my alarm clock. I don't care if I'm within my calories, really, no good can come of eating 1,000 or more calories at the end of the day, regardless of bedtime.

I've been making an effort to begin cooking dinner earlier, so we (or I) can eat earlier. Now it's time to combine that with eating a more reasonable amount. If I eat everything I have down today, my dinner will be 508 calories, and I'll be at just over 2,000 for the day. It has been suggested to me that on my more active days I should really have close to 2500 calories, but I'm going to give focusing on my dinner times and choices a closer eyeball a try for now. I already eat five times a day, there's really no where else to stick more food in, and depending on lunch, I could certainly get closer to that 2500 mark, but I can't imagine that "only" having 2,000 calories today would freak my body out that badly. I guess we'll see after a couple of weeks, huh? I just think this eating calories for the sake of making a minimum when I'm not hungry isn't necessarily the healthiest thing, psychologically or physically. Especially when I'm plateauing. But wish me luck and strength to stick with this and we'll see what happens!

Thanks for listening!

  
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CATTUTT 7/23/2014 1:34PM

    Calorie range is a pain in the butt. It's so hard to find what's right. But it sounds like you've got a good plan to try. I hope it works for you and you bust through that plateau!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/23/2014 1:24PM

    WE CAN DO THIS!

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GSEATON 7/23/2014 12:44PM

    I think 2000-2200 is totally doable, right? It'll take planning, but it can be done! You got this! You are doing great and tons of self discovery along the way!

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JEN3582 7/23/2014 12:35PM

    Good job Diane! I have found dinner is my heaviest meal as well, along with after dinner snacking. Good luck in your new approach sister!! emoticon

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UNSWEETMAMA 7/23/2014 11:22AM

    I agree that eating more just to meet a calorie range doesn't make sense if you're not hungry. Keep at it and you'll get it figured out.
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RENLLY 7/23/2014 10:59AM

    Good luck - you can stick to this !

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ERNOINACTION 7/23/2014 10:45AM

    Finding the right calorie limit is always tricky. Sometimes I think about lowering it but then I wonder if I'll be hungry. I also struggle with dinner being more caloric than other meals. It was something I really struggled with when I first started changing my eating habits. I still generally eat more for dinner than other meals but it's significantly less than before...I think the first step is just noticing it! My problem is I tend to graze at night so that's where I get my extra calories.

It seems like you are on a good path! On thing I've realized it that you have to try new things and, if they don't work, you can always try something else. Can't wait to see how it goes....

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Musical desks

Friday, July 11, 2014

They've been moving us all around lately, and it's my little group's turn. Lucky me gets the desk right in front of our manager. Also in front of the landing area for when they bring in bagels, pizza, etc. I'm going to be stuck smelling all that food! Thankfully, it seems like there hasn't been as much food ordering lately. Needless to say, I'm not particuarly thrilled about any part of my new desk situation.

I'm totally going to get an air freshener so I can't smell the pizza goodness!! emoticon

  
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WIFEALF2 7/12/2014 2:25PM

    hang in there be strong

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KRISTA987 7/12/2014 8:51AM

    OMG! I would DIE with all those smells coming and going! Stay strong, you can do it!!!

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STEPH-KNEE 7/11/2014 10:11PM

    That stinks! Stay strong, you are doing amazing! emoticon

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JAMDRGN76 7/11/2014 4:57PM

    Blast them! They work for the dark side. I have declared war on the sugar demon feel free to grab a baseball bat and start swinging at your temptations.

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POLITIGAL75 7/11/2014 4:17PM

    I'm in the same boat that you are. Everything is just outside my cube so every time I walk by I see it or smell it. It's so darned tempting sometimes.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/11/2014 2:55PM

    Stay strong! Yes, a good air freshener will help you alot! Take care. emoticon

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CATTUTT 7/11/2014 2:11PM

    Well that's a poopy place to be moved to. Hope you find a good air freshener!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/11/2014 1:17PM

    GET A STRONG AIR FRESHENER!!!!

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ERNOINACTION 7/11/2014 11:24AM

    I know how you feel. I really have to work hard to avoid those areas. Let us know how it goes!

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LORI2562 7/11/2014 9:11AM

    BUMMER! Stay strong sister - you have a good thing going right now - keep pushing!

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July weigh in

Monday, July 07, 2014

The theme of this weekend was self-sabatoge. I don't really know why I do this sometimes. I know some of my eating was emotional eating. Some of it was probably hormone driven. And I was just laaaaazy!! It was just the perfect weekend to be out jogging, doing yard work, just being outdoors. We were in the 80's with minimal humidity, sunny, barely a cloud in the sky- perfect weather! Besides hitting the gym Friday morning, getting my hair cut and grocery shopping on Saturday, I don't think I really left the house. I did get my jewlery unpacked, but that's about the most I got done around the house. That and laundry.

I'm so close to getting the house unpacked, and so close to breaking that 300 pound mark. I guess I just got stage fright or something and completely checked out this weekend. It really just makes me feel like I threw all that hard work this past month away.

But I got my morning off to the correct start, and I'm prepared with good food to have a successful day at work. Basically, I just have to brush this poopy weigh in off and go back to doing what I know I need to and have seen work.

I will celebrate my thighs being three inches smaller now, though!

  
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KRISTA987 7/7/2014 9:15PM

    Holy Crap! 3 inches smaller! That's amazing!!!

Bad days happen. That is life. We just have to brush the dirt off your shoulders and move on. You can do this!!!!


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CATTUTT 7/7/2014 12:20PM

    Sometimes a weekend off is just necessary. The self-sabotage sucks, though. I do it all the time.

Congrats on the magical shrinking thighs!

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ERNOINACTION 7/7/2014 11:13AM

    Nice work on all your progress. I had a lazy and indulgent weekend as well. Nothing to do now but get back at it!

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KARRIMARIE 7/7/2014 9:48AM

    Congrats on the smaller thighs!! That's a major victory! I've been self sabotaging as well but c'mon we can get over this little bump and move forward!!

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PEGGY11 7/7/2014 9:13AM

    I know where you are coming from. This self sabotage is the pits. Since I got sunburned so bad on Canada Day I have been hesitant about going for a long walk. Even with a hat and sunscreen. So I have decided to be extra busy in the house. emoticon emoticon It may not count as exercise but it will do the trick. emoticon emoticon

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WALLINMW 7/7/2014 9:05AM

  Yay

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UMBILICAL 7/7/2014 8:59AM

  I heard of that and done it.

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Boot Camp 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Yesterday was the last day of our summer boot camp at the gym. I have very mixed feelings about it being over.

First, why I'm glad it's over. I'm exhausted. Pulling two work outs a day for four days of the week, and single work outs the other two has definitely worn me out! All the boot camp classes are in the evenings, and since I'm normally a morning exerciser, I maintained my regular work out schedule because I knew if I took the month off from the mornings, I would destroy all the wonderful getting up early habits I worked hard to cultivate. I'm naturally a night person, so it took a lot of work and time to get used to waking up at 4:30am. Working out after work also reminded me why I torture myself with an early wake up call- I HATE going to the gym after work!! I have missed my evenings so much! Trying to cram all my usual evening routine into an hour to an hour and a half less was so stressful! Granted, I will concede that if I had taken a break from getting up so early, I could have gone to bed an hour or two later and not felt so crammed for time, but still. I am very much looking forward to having my after work down time back. And that's all the negative I really have to say about the boot camp!

What I will miss is the camaraderie of being part of a group that meets on a regular basis and who is going through a shared experience. I really made some new and solidified other friendships over the past month. I'll miss working out with them on the regular. Of course, there's a couple of us signed up for the same half-marathon in November, so there's been some talk of training together.

I'll also miss that extra push to be more. I really learned what the phrase "non-negotiable" means to me. I learned that I can do and be more than I give myself credit for. I'll miss having that encouragement to keep going just 15 more seconds when I think I'm gassed out. I learned, not only new workout ideas that I could easily incorporate into my regular routine; but just how tough I really am. And that I still enjoy being a cheerleader!

All in all, I got some excellent conditioning in, and some great internal pieces that I can take away and remind myself of when this half training gets tough. It was an even better experience than last year's, and I'm very grateful to have gotten the opportunity to have it.

Just remember- muscle fatigue and heart rates recover; that sense of pride in going farther than you knew you could stays around forever.

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KRISTA987 7/4/2014 10:41PM

    That's amazing that you pushed yourself to do 2 work outs a day! I can totally relate to not being a morning person and the lack of time in the evenings when working out....I'm kind of forced to deal since my buildings little gym inst open until 8am and I have to be at work for 8:30. But I really like the term you used, Non-Negotiable. You're exactly right, this commitment we have made to ourselves has to be non-negotiable!

Congrats on all your hard work! You're doing amazing!!!
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ERNOINACTION 7/3/2014 1:02PM

    Way to go! I need to start looking into a class to get me motivated...it makes a difference when you have something to keep you accountable.

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CATTUTT 7/3/2014 12:47PM

    Fantastic blog! I'm so jealous of you having the spunk to do the boot camp class. I can't imagine trying that. You're such a great inspiration to me, truly. And wow, getting up at 4:30 am? Yikes!

Hope you enjoy having your evenings back!



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RENLLY 7/3/2014 12:31PM

    Great job !! I really want to get back into getting up early and going to the gym. Hopefully once I move and get settled I can set up a new schedule.



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MOJO0607 7/3/2014 11:16AM

    Awesome blog!
I loved the part about things being non-negotiable and the sense of pride in going farther than you knew you could. Keep up the great work and attitude, and best of luck in your half-marathon training!

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Busy weekend

Monday, June 23, 2014

This weekend I worked on getting the rest of the house unpacked. I got the half of the kitchen stuff we hadn't put away yet tackled, which subsequently cleaned out the dining room, since that's where all the kitchen boxes were. I also got half of the den cleared out in my quest to get all of my clothes out and hung in the closet. If I encountered a bag that wasn't clothes, I would just go ahead and get that put away too, so didn't have to do it next time. I'm hoping I can get the rest finished up next weekend. I'm trying to purge as I go, too.

In between all of this, I had an hour and a half boot camp session Saturday, and a two hour session on Sunday.

I. Am. Whipped. And I'm paying for it today, I am fighting to keep my eyes open this morning! I also left my new coffee for the office at home, so I haven't had any coffee today either. THE HORROR, THE HORROR!!!

We also weighed Tiny Kitten yesterday, since I got the food scale unearthed- she weighs a pound and a half- and she's 12 weeks old! I hope she stays small. It's fun having both a behemoth and a munchkin.

Oh yeah- I was running this morning and I kept getting this itch down my sports bra. Finally looked and it was the underwire to the bra! EEK! I tried to poke it back down, but that wasn't happening, so I just pulled the whole thing out and laid it on the dashboard of the treadmill. It certainly was an interesting moring at the gym!

Hope you're having a good Monday!
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GINA4EVER 6/26/2014 8:18AM

    I am worthless without coffee. I feel your pain. emoticon

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RENLLY 6/23/2014 1:52PM

    Tiny Kitten sounds cute. Good job on getting so much unpacking done.

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VANGO79 6/23/2014 12:48PM

    Sounds like a productive weekend. Get some rest.
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CATTUTT 6/23/2014 12:42PM

    Good job on getting so much done over the weekend. Sounds like you accomplished tons!

Awww I didn't know you have a new kitten. So jealous, I want a baby!

Oh man I hate when the underwire comes out like that. It happens in my bras sometimes. Then I take the wire out and feel nekkid without it. Such a pain in the butt!

Hope you're having a great Monday!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 6/23/2014 12:18PM

    Keep pushing!

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LOVELESMILLS 6/23/2014 10:46AM

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