Saturday, April 05, 2014
Haven't posted in a while and have a lil' time so here we go. Oh my, as I approach my first year milestone since going vegan, I think I'm ready now to fine tune the diet and slim down for good. I allowed myself to experiment with a lot of different foods over the past year and didn't really eat within my calorie ranges most days...just too much daily intake to lose weight. TG I continued to exercise regularly as I haven't gained too much back since my lowest weight as a SP member. Today is day 1 and it's been a great day. I have been tempted to overeat but water is my friend tonight. :) I've been feeling very strong and motivated again lately, hoping these feelings stay around for a while so that I will finally be successful with my self goals. I could be where I want to be in three months from now...correction...I will be there in three months from now.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Today I decided it's time to take stock and think about where I am at and where I want to be so that's what I'm doing now. Well, I very quietly became a vegan about three months ago and honestly, I LOVE IT! I'm starting to feel like making this change was the missing link in terms of the body I have and the body I desire...for now I truly believe that I WILL have a flat stomach by next summer...that is my primary goal. It will be so awesome to go to the beach then, take my shirt off and feel comfortable about it...not feeling inclined to shy away from water activities like swimming, etc...I can't wait for that day!
However, since going vegan, I haven't lost any weight! But truth, I know why...I've been pigging out! lol but it's not really funny! Seriously, I've been eating so much food since becoming vegan. Thankfully I haven't gained...just maintained so that is good...probably because I have never stopped with regular exercise. Yet even though the # on the scale hasn't really changed for a while, my stomach is getting smaller. And I feel this because my whole unsightly gut is the result of years and years of dairy abuse (also, now that I'm vegan, I'm pretty sure that I am lactose intolerant...sure do wish I realized this sooner but better late than never right?).
So now that I have a handle on eating as a vegan, I am ready to focus on being more strict about the number of calories I consume in order to actually get to the place I want to be in terms of my body image. Even as a vegan, sugar is still my major weakness. You might be surprised at how GOOD vegan desserts can taste even though there is no dairy or eggs. Well, I've partaken a bit too much in all of that deliciousness so from now on, I'm only allowing myself a sweet treat once a week. If I can do that, I know I will succeed at toning up and being as sexy as I can at 34.
I'm really embarrassed/depressed that I'm 34 and still overweight after years of trying *half-assed* to change my appearance into something more desirable. Whatever, I should not focus on the past. Instead I must live in the present and look to the future.
I've said it before so guess I'm saying it again but in order for me to be successful, I HAVE TO log all the food I'm consuming each day and be sure to stay within the appropriate ranges. Even if I worked all day and it took two hours to make dinner afterwards...I still need to figure out what each serving amounted to and log it! It's not really hard...just time consuming but it must be done from here on out.
Alright, that's enough reflection for now so to close this entry, I just want to say, THANK YOU fellow sparkers. You are so inspirational and it helps so much to know that I am not the only person going through this. Keep up the great work everyone!
Frank Paul :-)
Monday, April 01, 2013
I'm very disappointed to report that I have gained back every single pound I lost since joining SparkPeople. I guess the good news is, I haven't gained more than when I joined but geez, I feel like such a loser and am so depressed all! Ultimately, I am to blame...was on top of my game until about September of last year when I injured myself jogging (stress fracture). That's when I went from working out pretty much every day to hardly at all. Then, in November, I started the process of moving into a new apartment...it was stressful and challenging to eat well. Lack of time & energy led to poor choices. But rather than dwell on the past, I am dusting myself off and trying again. Starting today. I have the following specific goals...
1. Track every single piece of food that goes in my mouth, no exceptions. Stop eating when I hit the max for the day no matter what!
2. Get up at 5AM Monday-Friday to get my workout in before work.
3. Aim to lose at least 3 pounds per week. If I succeed at this, I'll be 165 pounds by 4th of July.
I think that's good enough for now, I don't want to set my expectations too high because I'll fail. Anyway, SparkPeople will certainly help me to reach these goals. It's not that I can do it, it's that I will do it. I will be where I want to be by 4th of July. I will.
Frank Paul :-)
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