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Week 5: Grace under pressure

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hey everyone! As you know I have a test coming up on Friday so this update will be short! I think I have lost some weight!! My dress pants were loose today... :-) And I snuck on the scale and saw that I was under 150 again. my weight fluctuates a lot... but GOOD NEWS... I HAVE STUCK TO MY CALORIC GOALS! *It's like a breakthrough... I'm so excited....* YAY! So I'm expecting big results next weigh in!

Spring Break is March 8 - about 6 weeks from now-and I'm hoping to be in the 130's by then... It may not happen but I have my eyes set on a goal and only time will tell so may as well BELIEVE!

I'm studying hard but I promised myself balance... so I am trying to get at least some sleep and I do squats, jumping jacks, hula hoopings, sit ups, and push ups on my study breaks,... Every Calorie Counts!!!


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MINDHORIZON 1/28/2009 5:12PM

    Loose pants!

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SUZY6281 1/28/2009 9:50AM

    You are doing great! Congratulations!


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GOLDENSUNDROP 1/28/2009 9:39AM

    You're gonna be one hot girlie when spring break gets here WOoohooooOO! Keep up the good work and keep your mind focused on the prize. Great job!

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MAINEROCKS 1/28/2009 9:35AM

    woohoo! you're doing great! keep aiming for the stars! you're going to look and feel fabulous for spring break :-)

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Week 5: I got a new attitude *singing*

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My NEW GOAL: Prove to myself and everyone that I CAN REACH MY GOAL right now, in my current situation, busy or not. With a great gym or with nothing but exercise videos. I CAN DO IT stressed, depressed, happy or sad. I AM GOING TO REACH MY GOAL!

I am feeling very focused about getting to my goal. I am doing small changes and expecting results in the long run. I have decided to put and keep my scale away except for maybe once a week because I get on the scale way to much lol and it doesn't change my weight.... lol. So I always make the first post pretty short but PLEASE check back because I update during the week and you may miss some pretty exciting things... OK, I'll write more later! * I'm cooking dinner because I'm starving and I did not eat fast food while I was at the mall!! I chewed a piece of gum instead!! :-)
** I have spent the first 4 weeks trying to stay on top of this challenge, recovering from injury after injury, dealing with insomnia, and trying to balance stress... But I have made a choice. I AM GOING TO SUCCEED. I can not control what happens to me, but I CAN control my response. I CAN make healthier choices, I can plan ahead, eat small/normal portions and find healthier ways to deal with stress. I am proud that I have not given up but I WANT MORE. I want more results and I want to feel like I'm giving this my all. At the end of these 12 weeks I want to wake up and realize that I beat the odds and was able to see GREAT RESULTS even though I'm busy with school, stressed out, suffering from the winter blues, whatever. I deserve better. I deserve my best and I don't plan on stopping until I get it.

I was thinking earlier " What was different when I was able to reach my goal before?
My answer: 1. I made a choice. I decided that I want to be happy. I want to be proud of myself and MOST importantly I want to feel youthful /happy again. * Yes I know that sounds crazy and clearly I know that I am young... But I look at pictures of me 2 years ago and I see a different me, a me that was willing to take risks, a me that took pride in how I looked and loved myself to the fullest, not to mention I LOOKED happy, young and my face had a youthful glow! lol... I want that back. Med school is stressful and I'll be 25 when I graduate and I want to LOOK youthful! lol... they told us at orientation 2 years ago that ALL med students age a lot during the 4 years... well I want to beat the odds. Ok, back to the point... lol* 2. I made a conscious choice to workout EVERY time I felt an emotion I felt that I couldn't handle. At that time, 4 years ago now, whenever I would go through rough times with my last boyfriend I decided I was going to go for a run. If he made me mad instead of eating to improve my mood, I hit the gym. After we broke up, when I was lonely, I ran. Sad= I ran, The more depressed I was the more I worked out and eventually everything improved and I came out stronger, healthier, sexier, and mentally more able to handle tough situations. Now I find myself in a similar situation where I have allowed myself to become "lost' and I am going to use the second 4 week segment of my 12 week challenge to REFOCUS and work even harder to reach my goals!

So for the next 4 weeks:
1. Whenever I am upset I am going to run/ workout* It can be 15 mins... the point is that I am going to get my mind off whatever is bothering me BEFORE I spend HOURS talking about it. Then I am going to write about it. If I later get hungry, I will eat.
2. If it's after 8 I'm just gonna drink tea. I do not plan to eat after 8 BECAUSE I am planning on going to sleep between 10-11.
3. I will sleep 7-8 hours every night.and If for some reason I can't *trying to be realistic* I will take a nap during the day. An exhausted brain CAN NOT function. And I get clumsy and hurt myself when I'm sleep deprived.
4. Eat 1500 calories a day give or take a few. If I go overboard, I'll eat less the next day.
5. If it's a craving and I just gotta have it, I will HALF it and fill in the rest with veggies or fruit.

Oh and I'm training for another 10K in March

My 4 week Report Card: B+ :-D
Giving the circumstances I think I have done GREAT! I had a torn ligament in week 1 and was on crutches and I'm still recovering from a hurt knee after my marathon. BUT I have given it my all and I am working out whenever I can. Which is pretty darn often. ;) Oh and the constructve criticism is that I can work on sticking to my caloric goal. I have been eating more fruits and veggies, less fast foods, and working on eating snack so I don't grab fastfood while I'm out. I must continue to work on resisting the temptations of my boyfriend offering me food on his way over etc. I told him I was preparing for a fitness competion and I have to eat healthier, so hopefully that will keep him off my back for a while without him secretly trying to sabbotage me! lol... men.

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  I LOVE THE ATTITUDE YOU HAVE!!! It's really refreshing and you know I believe in you and I'm sure you are going to succeed because attitude is the key!!!!! My best friend studies medicine too and I kind of understand what you are going trough.

Some girls older than me once told me that the most important thing about college is having a good time and feeling happy and feeling young and feeling like you can do anything you decide so I think your goals are going to get you to that state where you are HAPPY even though you can be so busy your need more hours for the day. GOOD LUCK I'M ROOTING FOR YOU emoticon

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GONABFIT 1/22/2009 2:03PM

    Thanks for reading everyone! I have been doing better about my eating habits AND working out! I think I may see results!! :-)

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MAINEROCKS 1/20/2009 1:35PM

    I lvoe the excellent attitude!!!

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MCANIRLINH 1/20/2009 10:21AM

    I really like your approach to this journey! Very healthy and wise.

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JULIE2BTRUE 1/20/2009 9:53AM


I applaud you too, my friend... You ARE a FORCE to be wreckoned with!!!! You have a very strong will, and I can see that you will NOT allow anything to get in your way!!

Your determination, loyalty, endurance, will, and POSITIVE ATTITUDE is coming together to fight this battle, and YOU ARE GOING TO WIN!!!!!!!!

Keep posting your progress and setting your goals... even if you don't reach them all, you will be much stronger, happier, and healthier!!!
And "THAT" is the ULTIMATE GOAL...
Love you! Jules emoticon emoticon

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SUZY6281 1/20/2009 7:51AM

    I applaud your persistence. It will pay off. What I like is the fact that you have written down your goals. I think that makes it easier to "visualize" them and in the end, accomplish them. Of course, I am a list kind of person. Anyway, with all that you have going on with med school, I am very impressed by your stamina. You will do very well, and I am sure that you are going to meet your goals.

Awesome blog.


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Week 4: Small battles, Small triumphs

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I snuck on the scale and saw that I have lost about 5-6 pounds since starting this challenge. :-D

I am studying for my cardiology test so I am going to be really busy until the end of January. I will write more later on!
*~*~*~* The exercises I list here aren't necessarily the ONLY workouts I've done, I just don't always remember to come back and update this blog!~*~*~*~
Monday: I did good with my caloric goals today! All of my meals were made by me! AND I didn't over eat. I think I stayed within my caloring range today!!!! Yes! I'm making progress.

I did a Zumba class at the YMCA & 10 mins of yoga this a.m.
I seriously think I may be sleep deprived. I haven't been able to sleep the last few nights and I am not feeling too tired or anything but I have been having more clumsy moments! I fell FLAT on the bus this a.m. Bruised my shin and my hip on the right side!![ this is after I fell and sprained almost everything on the left side 3 weeks ago]... Talk about setbacks! either way I am not giving up on this challenge But I AM going to try and get more sleep. Safety first... :-) Best of luck to you!

Tuesday: Last night I ended up playing this game on my PS2 called Kinetic for 2 hours! It's basically a workout game similar to the wii but it was out BEFORE the Wii! I love it. I hadn't played since 2006 but got curious and dusted it off and tried it again! My boyfriend and I competed against each other and worked up a great sweat! So add 1 hour of exercise to yesterday for me!

Tuesday- we competed on the Kinetic game again... this time I did 45 mins. The game has me sore!!!
Wednesday- I feel more and more dedicated to getting in shape and seeing progress. I really want to reach my goals and more importantly I would LOVE to see the scale finally under 149! I'm tired of being overweight and more than anything I want to atleast get back to where I used to be at 140. I'm just going to stick to the plan and stay focused because I KNOW I can do it. This difficult thing is finding time to workout as hard as I would like to while staying focused on medical school. It's like I have TWO VERY difficult tasks in front of me and I WANT BOTH. So I'm going to make it work! Baby steps...

Also, I have been struggling with trying to eat healthy foods and not junk. Monday I had a great day and really stuck to my calories. Tuesday I did well at first but then ate fastfood twice- although I did try to make healthy choices. Wednesday, I was hungry and made this REALLY delicious grilled fish with south westernrice ad corn... Finally it hit me, I CAN COOK really WELL! And since I'm so busy it doesn't have to be extravagant it just has to be tasty and edible... so I'm going to do better at staying away from fast food! Ok back to studying... bye!

Thursday- Walked home in the FREEZING cold 3.5 miles*~*~ Breaking news! I went to Buffalo Wild Wings with my friends and OnLY got 6 boneless wings and celery. No fries, no extra's, nothing! I was SO scared that I was going to regret it and be super hungry later but I did not give in. Later my BF came over and offered to grab some food* FAST/FRIED foods* for me because I was hungry but I just ate some baked lays-serving, and an orange!! GO ME!

Friday- I still have a craving for some hot wings, so I'm going to make a substitute... lol. Grilled chicken strips with "hot wing" sauce - i.e. texas pete hot sauce. MAKING THIS MYSELF!... I'll let you know if it turns out well

* I REALLY appreciate you guys reading my posts!

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MAINEROCKS 1/12/2009 10:11AM


Good luck on the test!

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JULIE2BTRUE 1/12/2009 2:30AM

JULES emoticon

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PGPMEHL 1/11/2009 9:53PM

    Good luck!!

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TAFODIL24 1/11/2009 3:15PM

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Good Luck with your studies!!

Hugs~Taffi emoticon

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Week 3: Up and Running

Monday, January 05, 2009

This week's Affirmation: I clear my mind of negative thoughts and allow peaceful thoughts to enter!

This week's Quote: If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. - Maya Angelou

Hello All!

This is the start of my 3rd week of my 12 week challenge. I hurt my ankle pretty badly in week 1. But thankfully I am able to get back to the swing of things and I even went running last week! Ok.... It was more of a jog/walk BUT I am surprised my ankle allowed me to do it considering I was on crutches only 2 weeks ago. I am still taking it easy though.

I've decided to follow the spark plan as closely as possible. I am aiming to eat 13oo-1550 calories... And to be honest I have trouble with the diet aspect BUT I am going to give this my all and with some planning on the front end, I think that this can go smoothly!

My weekly goals:

OH I am going back to using affirmations and positive thinking! I want to renew my spirit and stay focused

Get 8 hours of sleep
do 45-1 hr of exercise in the a.m. [a video +yoga/pilates] +
do 30-1 hr of exercise in the p.m. [30' cardio in apt gym + weights/strength]
Track my meals
Plan ahead and stick to my calorie range...
Oh and I'm aiming for ~ 250 mins of exercise... I guess
Journal daily

Mon a.m. 46 mins Salsa video + 20 min Yoga @ 4:10 a.m. - couldn't sleep so I thought I would just get myself organized... BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY!

* After School I got busy studying and was bascially HUNGRY alllll lday. I dont think I ate enough protein. Ended up eating a lot. Then had insomnia and didn't sleep until 5 A.M.!!!!!! so I only slept 1 hour!
Tuesday.... Didn't get to bed til 5 a.m. so I definitely didn't wak up and work out. I felt like CRAP allllll day. So I got home and slept. Now I need to finish studying but I'm going to get some sleep tonight. So I will start fresh tomorrow!

I would really enjoy some feedback :-) But if not it's ok! Sometimes you have to encourage yourself!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!
Oh and the picture above is from this a.m. 1/5/09

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WILDGOBLIN 1/5/2009 12:34PM

    What a great plan! I love the quote. So very true. You are really doing great. Half of the battle really is in our mind. Good luck!

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MAINEROCKS 1/5/2009 11:38AM

    I think you have a great plan in place! Positive thinking will get you so far - such an important factor. Keep up those affirmations.

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Week 2: Back on the wagon?

Monday, December 29, 2008

LAST WEEK OF BREAK! I have really enjoyed having free time to sleep late, read when I want and RELAX! :-)

Hi guys! I took some time off for my ankle... and although I still need crutches to walk long distances, I'm hoping that I will be getting back to working out alotsoon!

I have been having trouble staying to my caloric limit af 1200-1450 calories and I think I have been going over my exercise goals every week... so either I NEED to eat more calories OR I need to find a way to control my eating a little better ;)

Sunday: first day back on the ankle. Walked around my apartment complex for 22 mins... It hurt but I don't want to lose too much time just relaxing... :-) I go back to school next week and I want to enjoy some of my free time!
* 8 min salsa video= ankle hurt
*23 min- dance video... without moving left ankle :-)
Just doing as much as I can
Mon: 30 min walk while waiting on oil change... ankle stiff and sore


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