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Back in Tune

Monday, May 20, 2013

Well, I think winter weather has officially left. We had some frost last week but we're due for our first summer thunderstorm tonight so, it's here. With the change of seasons [no, spring doesn't exist here in the northeast], I have many other changes in mind. The biggest, thankfully, is that I've been getting back in tune with my body. For too long, I've just been paying attention to the number on the scale and [maybe] the number of calories I've been eating. Not anymore.

Being in tune with my body means eating enough [and not too much], but also eating enough of the right foods. Lots of fruits and veggies, which were sorely lacking in my winter diet. Listening to when I'm really too tired to go for a run, or when I'm just feeling lazy. Knowing, just by paying attention to my body, whether I've gone up on the scale or not.

That was this morning. I had a great weekend of weight loss, but I knew as soon as I woke up this morning that I was up a little. I had eaten well yesterday [chili, lots of salad and fruit], but also some salty things [I do love tortilla chips]. Not bad, and I stayed well within my calorie ranges [plus went for a 50 minute run], but I felt bloated this morning. Stepped on the scale and yep, I was up. Probably not something to celebrate, but I was so excited to actually recognize that feeling, to know that I was in tune with my body, that I was happy anyway. I've been ignoring my body's signals for far too long, and treating it so badly that I think it had stopped giving out those signals, at least where I could hear them. But not anymore. We're back to communicating. Amazing what happens when you do what you're supposed to, right?

Also, the past couple weeks have paid off on the scale as well-- after reaching a way-too-high number in my carelessness, I'm back down to about 178 after only a few changes. My goal is to get back down to 176 by the end of the week [which is totally doable], and then I can work on finally getting below that number I've been stuck at since September.

Of course, this means that the cardigan I bought a month ago, which fit perfectly then, is now gigantic on me but... oh well.

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BILL60 5/21/2013 7:23AM

    Hang in there!!

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SARLIA 5/20/2013 9:15PM

    Wear the cardigan anyway! It always makes me feel good to wear something that has gotten too large - at least until it starts looking ridiculous.

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...sparkpeople? you okay?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Phew, we're back up and running this morning! I have to say, the site being down for so long yesterday was worrisome! I had tracked most of my food while at work, so I knew where I was for my calorie ranges. But then I only had a half hour for dinner [I had a fundraiser *for* work to go to in the evening] and ended up eating crap, because it was quick and easy, and was sure I'd gone way over my goals. It turns out, when I tracked it this morning... I was still within my calorie ranges [on the lower end, too!] and although I went over my fat and under my carbs, I actually hit my protein goal which I always struggle with. Huh.

Today is an exciting day, because I received my first paycheck! It's not much, and I can't even put much of that into savings because I have to pay my mom back for covering my bank account last month [I overdrafted by three dollars and that caused $50 in fees because I didn't take care of it soon enough!], but it's a start.

This also means that I can finally apply for financial assistance for the YMCA-- again. I applied last year [around the same time of the year, actually] but since I had no proof of income [or lack of income], they couldn't give me much assistance. How silly is that? But now that I have pay stubs to prove that I don't make much at all, they can give me assistance. Ha! Anyway, I'm excited to join the Y, for many reasons:

-it's much closer than my current gym. Actually, it's only a half mile from the library [and right across the street from that city's library, actually] and I walk over there all the time as it is. A closer location means I'll actually go, even during the winter when I can't bike. And it means that I might be successful in convincing some of my coworkers to join [they're thinking about it].
-they have a POOL! I was considering just getting an inflatable pool for my yard this summer [I had one in Chicago, they're not good for doing laps or anything but they're a nice way to cool off], just to have something to jump into when the summer gets too hot. But having a big pool that I can actually exercise in is way better!
-they have tons of classes, like water aerobics and kickboxing. They even have a running club!
-they have a rock climbing wall!
-Basically, they have a whole lot more than my current gym does. Don't get me wrong, I've been grateful to Planet Fitness for offering a basic gym at a very low price but it is that: a BASIC gym.
-they pretty much offer everything that my gym in Chicago did, which I LOVED, except they're not open 24 hours a day.
-I could even take swimming lessons or get a personal trainer if I ever want to [can afford to] spend the extra money.

So, yeah. I'm excited to join the Y and say goodbye to Planet Fitness. I should be a member in just a few weeks! Amazing, the things you can do when you actually have a steady income!

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VEGANFITLADY 5/20/2013 1:37PM

    I want to join the Y but I don't know if it makes sense because I'm hoping to start at URI in the Spring and they have pretty much everything the Y offers there, plus I can do it right after class or whatever. I'm just wondering if I should join for when it gets too hot to be outside this Summer but Idk...my doctor can write a note to get me a discount or something, but maybe that'll be like the problem you had--I won't have any income. hmm

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BILL60 5/19/2013 8:02AM

    Enjoy the "Y".

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SARLIA 5/18/2013 8:30AM

    I was worried too when the site went down. I'm getting to be dependent on it - lol. I'd love to join the Y, but it would mean a trip downtown and I'm not willing to do that. I should check to see if there's a branch closer to where I live. I'd love to take some inexpensive Yoga classes. emoticon

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BHSKITTYKATT 5/17/2013 11:00PM

    There was a fire at the databank that housed SP's servers, which is why it took so long for them to get back up. I was suffering SP withdrawal!

Our YMCA has a five-story rock climbing wall and a wave pool. Love it, but with my weird schedule I couldn't work with their schedule. Someday though if I get more sane hours then I would definitely go back!

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Things are a-Changing.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Last March, I took on fitness as my full-time job. I had been unemployed since moving 9 months before that, I had gone through a terrible bout of depression, and I had gained a lot of weight. In March, I decided to turn things around. Sure, maybe I couldn't do much about my employment [I moved to the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country], but I could at least take advantage of it. I had every single hour of the day at my disposal. I could spend those hours watching tv and eating junk, or I could turn those hours into a positive experience. And that's what I did. Fitness became my job, and I worked at it.

In October, I started volunteering at my local library. It had been shut down by the city the previous year, due to the city declaring bankruptcy, but was reopened as a private nonprofit and run by volunteers. At the time I started, they finally had enough in the budget for *two* paid employees, but that was it. Everyone else was a volunteer and, as unconventional as that is for libraries, it worked. I loved what I was doing and my one day a week quickly went to two, and eventually three. Like with the fitness regime earlier in the year, I approached my volunteer work like a real job. And in the doldrums of winter, fitness was put on hold to focus on my new job.

Well, it's paid off. While my fitness [and weight] has remained pretty stagnant, my library work has not. I'm excited to announce that today is my first PAID day of employment there! My hours and days will be increasing, and I'm worried about how it'll interfere with my running but... I'm excited. An actual, steady paycheck after almost two years without. And it's a job I already know I love, with people I love to work with. I feel extremely lucky.

I'm just worried about what it'll mean to my fitness. This isn't a full time job, just 25 hours/week, but I haven't even worked that much in years. How do people with full time jobs handle it? How will I handle it? [Plus, this week specifically is highly irregular because we've got a week-long museum going on, and a science carnival on Wednesday, so I have to miss my running club and go in for super early hours that I'm not used to.]

Anyway, that's all. Yay, employment! Maybe now I'll be able to buy a new bike. emoticon

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KELLY122581 5/6/2013 1:13PM

    WOOHOO! Congrats!!!!!!!! That is awesome that people started paying you for something you are willing to do for free! That should be the case for everyone's job, but it usually isn't. You'll make it work :-) And like you said, with some income, now you can start to save up for the fitness equipment you've been dreaming of, and can maybe infuse some excitment into your routine.

Remember to keep up good eating habits - that is 80% of the battle :-)

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CHICKPEA23 5/6/2013 10:12AM

    Congratulations on your job! When I first started working full-time, it was a process to get used to it, but it definitely gets easier. That's wonderful that you already like your coworkers and the work you'll be doing.
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spring is finally here

Monday, April 22, 2013

Well, I went down to New York last week and took lots of pictures of cherry blossoms and other signs of spring while I was there, all the while lamenting that spring comes so much later in Rhode Island. [If you want to see my pictures, they're here: www.flickr.com/photos/dorkyvegan/set
I'd post some directly here but I'm not on my computer.] Well, when I got back on Wednesday, I was surprised to see that spring HAD come during my absence! Last year, the trees and flowers didn't start to bloom until well into May, so this was a surprise.

With the warmer weather, I find it a lot easier to motivate myself to get outside for exercise. I've dusted off my bike and although I'm not back up to doing those 20 mile rides of last summer [my butt has to get used to the bike seat again, and it's got less padding than last spring!], the quick rides around the city have been good. And I've been walking a LOT. [Tuesday, while in NYC, I walked over nine miles!]

I did take a break from running for a couple weeks because of a back injury but that seems to have gone away so I'm back to running. I did 3.5 miles yesterday, along with a couple miles of walking, and it even included running up some really tough hills! I've restarted my half marathon training, AGAIN, because I kept missing entire weeks thanks to injuries, but at least I can still run a 5k distance. And, actually, I've got another 5k coming up on May 5th [I was originally supposed to be running the half marathon that day but, well, you know how training went].

Coming home, I stepped on my right foot wrong and twisted my ankle. You know, the ankle that was sprained for six months last year. I was SO WORRIED that I'd maybe sprained it again, and I still had to walk home [I'd gone to the bike path, which is about 2 miles from my house, for a change of scenery]. As soon as I got home I iced it, and stayed off of it as much as possible all night, and it seems to be fine today so *phew*. I don't want to deal with this ankle being sprained again!

But, you know, I'd forgotten how easy it is to burn a thousand calories in a single day when it's nice weather and being out for over an hour is no problem... Hopefully the scale will finally go down now! [It did go down four pounds from my last entry, thankfully, but it's still not where I'd like it to be.]

[Not to get my hopes up or anything, but as long as I stay injury free for the next two weeks and can keep up with my running, I'm on track to FINALLY beat my 5k PR from 2007!]

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MTRACHEL 4/22/2013 9:59PM

    Yes, you can beat that PR from 2007!

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FLAMENM 4/22/2013 9:26PM

    Glad the ankle seems strong. I'm still healing up a double sprain from December.

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weigh in and accountability

Sunday, April 14, 2013

[cross-posted from my regular blog here: fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com/2013/04/

So, my scale batteries died a few weeks ago and I haven't weighed myself. And I've been eating far too many cupcakes [I've started getting into cake decorating and you need lots of cake to practice on]. I got new batteries yesterday, and just weighed in. I'm up 6 pounds from 3 weeks ago, which was already up 3 pounds from before. NOT GOOD. At least I'm comforted by the fact that it's tons easier to eat healthy and exercise in the spring/summer, which is on its way, but still. NINE POUNDS. How does one even gain nine pounds in a matter of a month and a half? [Well, cupcakes.]

See, this is why I can't go without a scale. A lot of people are like, "Oh, it's just a number! Don't worry about it!" but for me, it's accountability. I can't go by the way my clothes fit, since most of my clothes are still too big for me so they never give any indication of getting too tight. I can't just go by the way my body feels, because... I felt fine when I was over 200 pounds. I honestly had no clue that I was gaining so much weight [although, it may be the reason my back's been acting up]. I need the scale, and I need it to tell me how I'm doing every single day.

Well, I guess my April starting weight is 185.5. I expect that'll go down a few pounds fairly quickly but still, that's the number it gave me today. And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go dig my garden so I can have fresh vegetables all summer long.

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ADARKARA 4/16/2013 1:45PM

    What about learning cake decorating on a piece of styrofoam? I've seen bakeries use them as window displays, and they look great, but you can't eat them afterwards. =)

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/16/2013 1:13PM

    I love to bake and would love to get into cake decorating, but that is a very dangerous hobby for me when I am trying to lose weight or even just maintain. Especially cupcakes, which are my kryptonite of the dessert world. Maybe you could limit the cake decorating to just a week or so each month so the fallout isn't quite so bad? When I do want to bake something, I just make sure I have somewhere to take most of the leftovers so I don't wind up eating them all, lol.

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FUZZIEBEAR3 4/15/2013 10:10AM

    Veggies, not cupcakes! I know, I love to bake too, and it is hard not to eat those yummy creations!

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FLAMENM 4/14/2013 8:37PM

    I rely on my measurements. You can use measurements in place of the scale. Measurements give yo a better idea of body composition, anyways. (I started tracking measurements when teh scale quit moving but my clothes got bigger and bigger.)

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KIM2260 4/14/2013 11:45AM

    i totally understand i can't go without my emoticon ............... enjoy your fresh veggies

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