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Minor set back but it's goin' alright!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

So just a mid-week update. I'm going to have to be happy with anything that isn't a gain this week at Sunday's weigh in. I had an awesome practice on Tuesday with my soccer kids but somewhere in that awesome-ness I pulled my calf. I'm actually wearing sneakers today because I am having trouble walking. The good news is that my mid-week "unofficial" weigh in shows no gain which is awesome because I went over calorie intake a couple days in a row and I brought a good breakfast and lunch for today. Here's to hoping I can stay on a great track!

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GABRIELLAH99 5/13/2010 10:57AM

    Thanks Natterg! :-) HOw have you been chica?

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NATTERG 5/13/2010 10:54AM


That's a shame about your calf but it will be better soon! Well done with the no weight gain!

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GABRIELLAH99 5/13/2010 9:24AM

    Thank you both! Just gonna keep drinking my water today and stay on the low end of my ranges. Ice and elevation tonight and hopefully I'll be better before I go get my bike this weekend!

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SP_TMETZNER 5/13/2010 9:19AM

    Big time bummer on tweaking the calf but congrats on the no-gain!

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AMGM2001 5/13/2010 9:12AM

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Rough day but going to stay on track

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

So I let my frustrations get the better of me for a few minutes in a drive thru line today...and my frustrations only increased because instead of the healthier sandwich that I picked (to balance out the fries and small shake I was craving) they gave me a BLT. Ugh. The good news is that I am still within my caloric range for today and am planning on a light dinner tonight before going to bed.

I'm planning this lighter meal for a few reasons:
- I passed out last night...hard. I slept too long and too hard to the point that I felt totally out of it this morning. I think it might be because I ate a little more than usual last night and threw myself off.
- I'm still not feeling better and I need to drink warm liquids and drinking water to get better. I've got some soup and tea calling my name.
- I want to stay close to my calorie / carb / fat range (I'm still low on protein today) and I know a lighter dinner will help with that.

What do you do when emotions start to get the better of you? More importantly - how do you move past a bad meal (like the lunch I had...) and stay positive?

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GABRIELLAH99 5/12/2010 9:27AM

    Thanks Lizzy! I do have a friend at work who is very good about saying "It's time to go for a walk" when either of us gets too stressed out. I'm not terrible about my emotional eating but it does get the better of me! Here's to doing better today!

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LIZZYP609 5/12/2010 7:25AM

    I am not going to lie! It is not easy. I am a huge emotional eater and I am a sugar addict! NOT a good combo! I am, however, pretty good at moving on after I make those bad decisions. I just tell myself that it will NOT stop me from reaching my goal. I WILL do better. I have tried several things instead of eating: I journal, I drink a huge glass of water. I take a walk. It doesn't always work but you know I am getting better. instead of once a day it is more like once a week! I still have a major problem with the attitude of "I am a grown women If I want this cupcake I will eat it!" Actually I call that my inner 5 year old!
Good luck and remember... emoticon

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Crutch kicking Week #1!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Crutch kicking step #1

So one simple little thing. Nothing earth shattering. I just keep my Shakeology, scissors, protein powder, blender, single serving / to go blender, and to go cups in the same place in my kitchen. I'm sure you could make that happen in your own kitchen in less than 5 minutes. Would you believe me if I said that can help you reach your goals? Its worked for me!

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times: you won't succeed in losing weight if you don't breakfast. You make the best plans to make that happen. You buy your healthy cereals or the eggs that you'll take the few minutes to make in the morning. And then it happens - don't worry, it happens to the best of us. You shut off the alarm in your sleep and now you have 2 minutes to grab something to eat as you run out the door. You hardly have time to remember to eat, much less make something to go. If you even did think of making a healthy shake for the run, chances are good the things you need aren't all in the same place so frustration wins and you leave hungry and tempted to stop by your local coffee shop for an over-sugared coffee drink and fatty pastry.

With everything in one place - also near the refrigerator - I have the milk / almond milk, ice, shakeology, scissors to open the shakeology packets, protein powder for days I need the boost, blender and travel mugs I need to make a quick healthy shake to drink on the road or once I get to the office. I also make sure that other ingredients I often use in my shakes are always handy. My open packet of fat free sugar free (FFSF) cheesecake pudding mix is in the box of shakeology. The natural peanut butter stays up front in the pantry and is never behind anything else. Fresh fruit is less than a step and arm reach away. For days I'm extra lazy, I bought a blender at Walmart (
) that is so helpful! I blend my breakfast, take the mug off the base, and walk out the door.

So why is breakfast so important? If you don't eat a good breakfast, your body will go into starvation mode and you burn calories at a lower rate allll day long. What a waste of your good progress! An important part of this first important meal is a good fat. I'm sure you've heard other health nuts go on about natural peanut butter and that's for a reason. Its a good fat that helps make sure that you're kicking off your metablism for the day. Not only does the breakfast itself help your body function better, you'll have a tendency of eating more healthily all day if you ate a good breakfast to start!

Just one last note about breakfast though - especially if you're going to stock up on ingredients you need to make shakes and smoothies. I found a smoothie mix at the grocery near the bananas and I checked the package just out of curiosity. The ingredients were sugar, high frustose corn syrup and other unnatural ingredients. The instructions read: "blend with milk, ice and banana". Why do you need an additional packet of sugars and unhealthy additives to milk, ice and bananas? Use caution when picking your smoothie and shake ingredients. Make sure you know what you're getting and how it will supplement your daily needs!

Alright - here are my measurements for the week. How's your progress?

Weight - 152 lbs (down 4!)
Waist - 31" (down 0.5"!)
Hips - 39.5"
Thigh - 23.25"
Upper arm - 11.25" (down 0.5"!)
Body fat % - 27


Bring it into focus

Monday, May 03, 2010

So I'm realizing this blog is severly lacking the same property I'm lacking in making my goals: f-o-c-u-s. I'm going to use this now to explore and share tips I've thought of while mapping my search for my "inner statue" but haven't quite implemented. Excuses are the worst enemy of anyone trying to achieve any goal but they seem to be even more prominent in the journey of health. I'm sending my statue on a crutch kicking spree.

Starting next Sunday I'll post a 12-sec vid ( ) and blog attacking a common excuse and my way of kicking away that particular crutch. Got an excuse you can't beat or an excuse you've beaten with a simple tip? Feel free to share it! I'd love to hear your ideas.

Also, May is National Running Month and I'm celebrating by starting training for a 10K I'm running at the end of the month. I'll be mixing in Turbo Jam as my cross training. To really prove out my progress I've done all my measurements today and am going to share them here. I'll measure in weekly so you can all see how I'm doing and hopefully that'll inspire you to do the same! (Measurements also tracked on )

Current measurements:

Weight: 158 lbs
Waist: 31.5"
Hips: 39.5"
Thigh: 23.25"
Upper Arm: 11.75"
Body Fat %: 27

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GABRIELLAH99 5/5/2010 8:41AM

    Thanks LizzyP609!

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LIZZYP609 5/5/2010 8:13AM

    Great job on posting your goals!

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GABRIELLAH99 5/4/2010 9:11AM

    Thank you Goodgetnbetr!!

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GOODGETNBETR 5/3/2010 11:27PM

    Thanks for sharing and good luck reaching those goals, short and long term!
Focus, like many things, is a habit.

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Can't even take baby steps...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Posted this in the "panic button thread" too but I wanted to keep it here to have it recorded so I can look back and remind myself what I do what I let my emotions get the better of me....

Please help! I need a good kick in the rear lately. I keep saying I'm going to get back on track and I just keep failing.

Against my better judgement I went out to grab lunch...the day after I decided I'd start a small baby step goal - 5 lbs this month. Not ridiculous...less than 2 lbs / week. I didn't over indulge but I did succumb to some emotional cravings. I also just chomped down some charleston chews that were in the bag of Easter candy I brought to the office for the sole purpose of making sure I didn't eat all of it! I just logged the food I've eaten all day and I'm frustrated and angry with myself.

I have eaten 2 times the max number of calories I should eat in a day. And dinner hasn't even rolled up yet.

To make things better I need to get to the gym. Planning to do some weights and a class. Thinking of tossing in a TurboJam DVD when I get home too just to burn off more calories and sweat. I know I need to do this. I have every reason to do it. How is it that I keep finding ways to make excuses for myself?

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GABRIELLAH99 4/7/2010 10:05AM

    Thank you MSHUMRAD and Gina!

Today is doing a lot better - just busy at work so I'll update a blog post later I promise but today is more on track.

Gina - good to "see" you! How have you been?

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2008GINA 4/7/2010 9:55AM

    Gabi, I am the queen of excuses, so I understand....keep in mind the good things you've mentioned in your blog: You logged your food -- even though it may've been over the calorie range, you still know what you ate and where it can be helped. You made a short-term goal, and are working toward it, even if a few days are off. You conciously made an effort to avoid the candy by bringing it to the office and only eating a few pieces (and now you say it's gone, so it worked!). You're planning out a workout with your TJ dvd.

It's all going to work out. Hang in there! emoticon

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MSHUMRAD 4/6/2010 5:41PM

    I know this is only my first week on SparkPeople, but my billionth week trying to diet and exercise. First of all...good for you for honestly logging/tracking your calories -- many people (including myself!!!) can't even bring themselves to do this when they slip. By doing this, you're avoiding "lying" to yourself, resulting in any unpleasant surprises when you weigh at the end of the week. Its only ONE day of mistakes. Don't even think about it anymore. Instead, pick ONE exercise to do to start. Tell yourself you only have to do the weights OR the class OR the exercise might find yourself motivated to do more, but when you're feeling tired and defeated, committing yourself to one exercise is more doable. Stop thinking about what you should do or how tempting it would be to not do the exercise -- just go and do it!!! Also, don't skip dinner (not that you suggested you would...but I sometimes think this way)...that won't help you physically or emotionally. Eat healthy and smart - as though you didn't eat the chocolates. You can do it!!! Let us know how it goes...either way...we've all been there and will be again.

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GABRIELLAH99 4/6/2010 4:49PM

    Thank you're right. I went to get more ice cold water and that's helping. A good workout tonight should get me back on track... Here's to hoping!

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GABRIELLAH99 4/6/2010 4:46PM

    Thanks JWELL2009! This is why I love Sparkpeople. K I will make it to the gym tonight. No excuses. I appreciate the tough love girl. The candy is gone and not because its in my stomach. Drinking water instead and mentally prepping to get to the gym and burn those calories.

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HEART2HOME 4/6/2010 4:45PM

    You are not alone. I faithfully record all that I eat each day and am shocked at how quickly those calories add up--even when I think I've been doing good.
I'm gonna try to jump on the treadmill when I'm feeling that emotional need to munch. And for me personally, drinking all my water has really made a difference.When I'm wanting to mindlessly munch, I get a big glass of water instead.
Just hang in there--you made some bad choices, but you can do this and you can learn to release your emotions in other ways than through food. emoticon
You're in the right place--
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GABRIELLAH99 4/6/2010 4:43PM

    BELFASTBIKER: I don't think I'm handling my work stress well...well I think that's the main part. There's a lot going on lately at work and I'm frustrated with my managers. Since I'm new(been in the group less than a year) I'm worried about how to approach things with them as I don't like admitting a need for help. This blog / post was tough for me.... Not seeing the love of my life on a regular basis is tough too - gotta love distance relationships - and there are a lot of really difficult things going on in his life right now with which I can't really help. Bottom line is I push myself and expect myself to be able to do anything so I'm bad at asking for help....

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JWELL2011 4/6/2010 4:40PM

    Don't make excuses, just keep moving! Get rid of the candy if you lose control too easily. That way you won't have any temptation. I know..its hard for me too, but eliminate the things that make it harder! You can do it! Throw away those chews! emoticon

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BELFASTBIKER 4/6/2010 4:38PM

    Why do you think you're emotional eating hon?

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