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Girls Gone Strong Results

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I forget if I mentioned it, but a month ago my gym started a self guided challenge called Girls Gone Strong. Basically, you picked a muscle group you wanted to work on and a pre-assessment was done. Three reps of the highest weight you could maintain proper form with. We were then given a workout outline to follow, and at the end of 30-ish days, we would do a post assessment to see how we improved. The owner wanted to put some focus on strength training, since so many women shy away from it.

I chose to work on: biceps, triceps, chest press and deadlift (back). My initial bicep weight was 20#, today I did three bicep curls holding 25#. Both times was with that amount of weight in each hand, we were using dumbbells, not a barbell. I could overhead press a 20# weight for my triceps at the beginning, today I used a 30# weight. Last month, using a barbell, my chest press was 55#, today I pressed 85#. Finally, my deadlift was 65# when we started, and today it is 85#.

Yeah buddy! I think we really underestimate ourselves a lot, and this was definitely a good way to show it. I'll say more on why later, but this morning was the last of my heavy lifting for a little while, but I wanted to make sure I at least completed the challenge.

Have a great day, and don't forget to challenge yourself! emoticon

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VERSESTHATHURT 10/23/2014 11:13AM

    Holy crap, that's an awesome improvement! Way to go! Totally jealous of your dead lifts, and free weights in general. I'm scared and lame and still use machines, ha!

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KRISTA987 10/22/2014 9:55PM

    Congrats on your gainz!!!!!

That's a great idea to help get women more into strength training. Sounds like you have a pretty decent gym!

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CATTUTT 10/22/2014 1:58PM

    WOW, way to go! You are so strong! I do bicep curls with 5 lbs. Sheesh. I'm hoping to gain strength, as you have, though. Congrats!

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ADARKARA 10/22/2014 12:00PM

    what a great challenge! I definitely agree that we underestimate ourselves. If I was a gym member I would totally participate in said challenge. It sounds like a blast!


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26 days to go, one more long walk.

Monday, October 20, 2014

My ticker has informed me there are only 26 days until my half marathon. Let me tell you guys; I am so ready to get this thing over with. My best friend is doing it with me and we had our next to last big walk yesterday. Nine miles. Nine. Flippin. Miles. Three hours. This stopped being fun after six or seven miles. I'm am so very grateful that I have a friend to do this training and race with because honestly, I don't think I would have made it this far going solo. I like to think that I'm a strong person, but three hours of putting one foot in front of another- it's hard. After about mile six you're running on pure stubborness. It's not even fun anymore. If you ask me right now, I'm never doing this again! Let me get through the race and ask me again a couple months later. I may have forgotten all the drudgery of this thing and be raring to go for another one. I might be willing to try this again in a year or two when there's less of me to haul around.

I'm rather busted this morning, which is probably really why I'm complaining this much. We actually have an extra week right now, so we may just do a step back this coming Sunday instead of the dreaded ten miler. We'll see. My vote if for that, but of course, walking down the hall to the restroom is a chore today. I woke up about ten minutes before my alarm this morning (grumblegrumblegrumble) and hobbled to the bathroom. I decided then that I wasn't going to go to the gym, today would be a rest day. Because I really haven't had a rest day in a while. My weekend was filled with carpet cleaning and errands and a nine freakin mile walk! So I reset my alarm for 6:30 and mumbled to the hubs that I didn't know what I could really do at the gym this morning so I was going to sleep in. He got up a few minutes later and at 5:00 I realized I wasn't going back to sleep. So I decided to just suck it up and I got dressed and went the the gym anyway! God I'm stubborn. And of course now I'm nodding off at my desk now.

I am feeling a little bit better. I took some Tylenol when I got up the first time at 4:20, and moving around is I guess helping a little with the ankle's internal swelling, which is most of what makes it so difficult to get around. It does hurt, but it's that lack of range of motion that kills me. Long story short, I severly dislocated my ankle years ago, and that is what causes me so many problems when I do things like this.

Now that I've vented about the joys of long distance walking I will say that I'm really am having a good Monday! Got a good upper body workout in, and spend a little time on the stationary bike. It's cold today- It was only 37F (5C) when I left for the gym today, but it's beautiful and sunny. I have a cozy sweater and corduroys on, a lunch bag full of healthy, tasty food, and despite some soreness and gimpiness, I'm feeling strong, capable, and healthy.

Seriously, though, people were not made to walk distances like this! emoticon Just keeping it real! Have a fabulous Monday and make it the best day it can be!

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VERSESTHATHURT 10/21/2014 9:50AM

    I completely get the range of motion thing! It's a problem I have with my bad foot that I broke years ago. Walking nine miles is crazy impressive! I know you're sore today but be proud of what you've done so far.

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ADARKARA 10/20/2014 7:04PM

    I do not understand the need/desire to walk/run long distances for fun. My hike was 5 miles, but it was for the beauty of nature, not for racing. So I bow down to your will! You are incredible to do this! Because my butt would have given up ages ago! emoticon

I'm cheering you on from up North!!

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CATTUTT 10/20/2014 12:37PM

    You amaze me, you truly do. 9 miles blows my little pea brain. I'm doing good to walk a little over a mile, and you did 9! Great job getting in a good workout at the gym this morning, despite being sore. I hope the soreness goes away soon and you feel a lot better!

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Change in Plans

Thursday, October 16, 2014

So. I just sent my nutritionist a big fat break up email. I got my first bill for what my insurance doesn't cover and it was $200 for three visits! My poor little HSA account can't take that kind of abuse. I can't only put in $200 a month as it is. And I'm about to be up to my eyeballs with other medical bills, so I need to save where I can. And I certainly can't afford this out of pocket. I was kind of afraid that this would happen.

As I talked about before, I was also concerned about how restricted she had my food choices and how hard it was for me to meet her 1100 calorie a day goal for me based on those.

There's a part of this as well, that makes me a little crazy in the head. The amount of obsessing and planning and talking about focusing on food that I do starts to feel so unhealthy to me. I can really see how this could lead to an eating disorder for me. I've flirted briefly with anexoria when I was younger and that little part of my brain got a twisted sort of delight in seeing how low I could get my calories while still fulfilling her eating plan. So there's a sense of relief in this as well.

I know she's going to be disappointed, but I have to do what's right for me, and everything in me is screaming that this is not the right path for me anymore. But don't you worry, because I'm not giving up this journey! It's time to K.I.S.S.:
Eat veggies
Eat some fruit
Eat some lean protein
Drink water
Have a splurge day every now and then
Stay active
Enjoy life

We really do put ourselves through too much with this stuff sometimes. I know I'm super guilty of overthinking things. It's time to breathe, relax a little, and bring this back around to a happy joyful process. I love myself way too much for this. There, I said it. emoticon

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VERSESTHATHURT 10/21/2014 10:06AM

    You gotta take care of you. I worry about becoming too obsessed with calorie counting and food planning to. For me it's almost like replacing one addiction with another, and that's scary. I've started taking a few off days from counting recently, partially out of lazyness, but it's very liberating. I just can't do it too often or I know I'll get really off track.

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WIFEALF2 10/18/2014 11:05PM

    you should eat at least 14 to 1500 calories daily...sometimes its hard i know....hang in there tomorrow will be abetter day hugs

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KRISTA987 10/16/2014 9:59PM

    Holy crap $200 for 3 appointments!!?!?!?!?!?!!!! That is ridiculous. At least to me, I don't know what nutritionists cost around here, but dam!

I think you made the right choice here. Lowering your calories is something you should ease into. Load up on fruits & veggies, so you won't be hungry when it comes to the bad stuff. Drink lots of water & watch your portions. Don't forget, there's a wonderful (& free) nutrition tracker on here you can use to keep yourself in check.

I totally believe you can do this!

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CATTUTT 10/16/2014 12:48PM

    I think this is a good thing. Not the $200 out of pocket, but the breaking up with her. You don't need to eat that little to lose, and if it makes you flirt with anorexic tendencies, then you definitely don't want to go down that path. You deserve much better, and much healthier. WOo hoo for taking charge and doing it that way!

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NETGYRL 10/16/2014 12:46PM

    Your plan sounds super good to me. I think you are going to be fine doing this on your own. :)

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ERNOINACTION 10/16/2014 12:16PM

    I think you made a good choice. Not only is that SUPER expensive but 1100 calories seems like too little. I'm not sure what the intent is/was there. My dietitian set a goal of 2250 calories per day for the past year and a half. She didn't want to go lower than that...even when I did South Beach. I don't know what all the fuss is about low calorie amounts...mine is quite high and I've lost 93 lbs....something to think about.

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ADARKARA 10/16/2014 12:13PM

    Ugh, I know, so expensive! You know what, though? You can do it, and you don't need to eat 1100 calories. That seems *SO LOW*.

How tall are you?

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JAMDRGN76 10/16/2014 11:18AM

    emoticon emoticon You don't need her. You know what to do. You are determined and so a-MAZ-ing!!!!! we are behind you 2,000% GO! conquer the world.

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Monday, October 06, 2014

Until they fall off. (I'm giving you fair warning now, there is some non-graphic lady parts discussion below, if that's something you'd rather not read.)

The wheels kind of fell off my bus this weekend. Looser habits have been kind of creeping in for a few nights prior. And then Thursday night I ended up buying some chocolate when I stopped for gas on my way home. I didn't go completely off of the deep end, but I did make cupcakes Saturday. And ate too many of them.

I've been soooo stressed out the past couple of weeks, especially with this whole am I pregnant or not crap. At this point, I think that super restrictive diet that I've been on might have messed my cycle up. My period is four days late today, and the pregnancy test I took Saturday was negative. I have no clue what's going on, but I haven't been this off schedule since before I went on the pill. I've had the past two years off the pill and just a regular as you please. I refuse to believe that the sole addition of my long training walk once a week is to blame. I suppose it could be a contributing factor, but I don't think I have increased my exercise enough for it to be the root cause. I'm willing to bet that a month or so of eating between 800-1100 calories a day is was really did it. I'm meeting with the nutrionist on Monday, and we're either going to have to change some things around, or I'm going to have to take a break for a while. This is not the time in my life where I need my hormones going haywire. I've been in a constant state of feeling like I'm PMS'ing for about two weeks now, and the cramps and cravings and bloating are getting really old. I'm also terrified that I'm going to destroy my metabolism, if I haven't already, so if I do go back to eating a normal calorie range, even if it's only like 1500 a day or something, that I'm just going to gain weight like crazy.

What I really want to do is cancel my appointment and just not go back, but that's not the adult way to handle things. I know this is her profession and what she has a degree in, but this change in my menstrual cycle has HUGE red flags going up all over the place for me.

Sorry for the really long vent/rant session. I feel like I haven't been very positive lately and that I've been doing a lot of complaining. I've been feeling kind of overwhelmed lately. I know you all understand how tired you get obsessing over this stuff, but that if you take a mental health break from it, you just start gaining right away. I know there's more to life than food, but I get tired of feeling left out or constantly eating differently from everyone. Or feeling guilty about eating at a restaurant or enjoying something "bad". Or afraid you're going to hurt someone's feelings when you don't eat their food.

I was hoping that this experience with a nutritionist would help me feel less confused and more confident about losing weight, but this morning I'm feeling right back at square one. I can always tell when I'm stressed because when I go back through my blog is like reading the thought train of an ADD squirrel. So anyway, today is a new day and I'm going to work on picking up the pieces and see if I can't find some open positions to apply for while I'm at it! If you've gone along with this insanity to this point, thanks for hanging in there! Sometime's a girl's just gotta get things off her chest!

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    We've been there with you . I don't like the fact of having less then 1200 cals per day though, that sounds terribly hard, risky.....perhaps very unwise.. Sorry for all your stress Diane; be patient with yourself and in time things will run smoother ....I truly it hope that it does :) You should eat 3 meals a day plus your snacks in between. The body will do very bizarre things without the fuel it needs my dear. Take care and let us know what are your next steps. Rooting for you !!!

Love Lori

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GEORGIAGRL79 10/7/2014 6:42AM

    I think 1200 calories per day is the lowest recommended guideline for adults. I totally understand what you mean about how it becomes an obsession. Then it gets to the point that something inside you just snaps and you go way overboard. I am trying to not be as restrictive with my diet this time and it's been easier to deal with the mental part of it.

Please let us know how you're doing.

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KRISTA987 10/6/2014 9:10PM

    I'm sorry you're going through all this. Hang in there!

This isn't the first time you've mentioned your nutritionist. And 800-1100 calories does seem really low! I would be climbing up the walls going crazy with hunger! I would like to assume that since this is her profession, and she should be certified, that she should know what she's talking about.....but it really makes me scratch my head.I would so be tempted to cancel that appointment too! Good for you for taking the high-road and confronting the issue. I hope everything works out for you.

And you totally shouldn't feel guilty about eating food, as long as you can maintain portions and balance the bad out with mostly good. I've found this has worked well for me.

Hope you feel better soon!

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JAMDRGN76 10/6/2014 4:23PM

    Yes we understand. As someone who went through it, when you get anxious about getting pregnant that contributes to the stress and going crazy. Drastic changes to diet such as too few calories can throw your system out of whack.

Stop thinking about baby. I swear after a year of stressing and being upset every month once I stop concentrating on getting pregnant BAM there was Ashley. Don't think about baby just concentrate about getting fit and healthy. Tweak your calories, You have exercise down and soon I will be an Aunty.

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CATTUTT 10/6/2014 4:22PM

    In my humble opinion, being told to eat so few calories is a pretty big red flag. Her advice sounds a little questionable to me. I'm sorry to hear you're feeling down about things and that you feel bad about eating some unhealthy stuff.

I hope you have been able to have a good day today!

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    That's soo frustrating. I don't think you should give up on the nutritionist, but maybe too many things are changing at once? That calorie range does seem very low, but if you're still on the phentermine I know it's hard to eat more than that. I've been eating 1300-1400 after coming off of it.

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ADARKARA 10/6/2014 1:25PM

    Being told to eat only 800-1100 calories a day would throw up a red flag for me. Ain't no way I'd do that. But that's my personal preference, and I'm pretty active.


really hope you get it worked out!

For the record, I got my period early this month because I upped my exercise, so theoretically exercise *can* have something to do with it.

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UNSWEETMAMA 10/6/2014 12:07PM

    I understand your concern completely! I think you are right to give the nutritionist a chance and see what she suggests. BUT also listen to your instincts.

What about the Phentermine? Could taking that or going off of that affect your cycle?

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/6/2014 11:24AM

    Let us know how everything turns out! I hope you get the answers you're looking for!

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Thoughts From the Office Bathroom Mirror

Friday, October 03, 2014

Isn't it funny how much a neckline can change how you look? I'm wearing a fairly wide, scooped neckline shirt. It's a bit like a pheasant top. If it wouldn't be totally embarrasing to get caught at it, I'd take a selfie for reference.

As I was washing my hands in the bathroom and looked up in the mirror to make sure my makeup or hair hadn't done anything weird and I found myself enjoying what I saw in the mirror. A lot of it was thanks to great makeup- I'm still pretty blotchy after a horrendous break out that's taken a couple of weeks to clear up. My skin looks nowhere near as nice and even as it does without the wonders of Bare Minerals make up. ANYWAY.

Between the open neckline and my short little pixie cut, there's a beautiful line from my ear to my shoulder. I've always kind of enjoyed my neckline and now that I've got a hint of collarbone peeking through, it was a pleasant surprise to be so satisfied with the view in the mirror.

I thought I'd share something fun and body positive, since I know I tend to do a lot of griping and venting on my blog. emoticon

Have a great day, and make the most of it!

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    Catching up on your blogs :) This is great, taking the time to notice the changes, and the accomplishments and most of all.........your beauty !! My favorite neck line is bare naked ...LOL !!!! But, if I'm going out ok, I like v-neck :) Thanks for posting this you have a great week Diane .

Love Lori

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ERNOINACTION 10/7/2014 11:29AM

    Sometimes we don't take the time to stop and notice the good things. Keep that up! Best, E

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CATTUTT 10/3/2014 10:04PM

    This blog is AWESOME!

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JAMDRGN76 10/3/2014 5:12PM

    Now that's awesome. It's nice to see something good about yourself. Enjoy it. You earned it beautiful lady.

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PGHP31CK 10/3/2014 2:19PM

    That, ma'am, is a pretty awesome Non-Scale Victory!!


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NETGYRL 10/3/2014 1:32PM

    I love those moments! All the hard work is paying off. Have a great weekend!

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LORI2562 10/3/2014 1:18PM

    That made me smile! emoticon emoticon

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SUBMOM2 10/3/2014 11:51AM

    Good for you! I hope you have a great day!!

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ADARKARA 10/3/2014 11:33AM


Dress for your body. I like scoop necks or shallow v necks for my neckline. But I look TERRIBLE in boatnecks because my shoulders are broad. Not all shapes work for all bodies!

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JLAMING263 10/3/2014 11:28AM

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