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Week 7: Tired yet?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It seems like I am making sooo many posts and I know they are probably getting old... lol. BUT I worked out 2 hours in the gym last night and I NEVER asked myself... "Tired Yet?"

I am continuing my a.m. workouts even when I woke up late I did 15 mins of taebo and was proud! I worked hard for those 15 mins! And then after I watched the biggest loser, I went to the gym and did SO Much stuff lol. It was challenging but fun. I jumped from machine to machine, not really, but I did treadmill, arctrainer, my own spin class- :-D-, maybe spent 15-20 mins on each but worked up a good sweat. I lifted weights and danced in the dance studio-in public, yes!- and got my BF to hold my legs while I did 12 pull ups! I also Bench pressed 65 pounds! lol... I'm VERY proud of that too!
Oh and I did tire runs- thanks TrainerT! Hmm... I have to take it easy on my knee because I have a bout of tendonitis- self-diagnosed...

My summary this week is I am STILL Working hard! I am adding fruits and veggies to my diet. I am not going to focus on the 1200-1500 limit so much BUT I am watching my calories. I guess I mean that if I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and happen to go over my calorie limit... I still feel like I will be able to lose weight. Basically I am experimenting, because I fear my body is seriously afraid of starvation mode and unwilling to give up the pounds. I have to do something... so maybe a little extra water fruits and veggies and maybe even a few more calories considering how much I work out will help me get beyond and below150. * In the past I only lost weight once I increased my calories. I was working out 2 hours a day and not seeing any weight loss- sound familiar?- then I finally decided to eat 1800 cals or something like that and the weight started melting. I was also eating every 3 hours. Not saying it will happen again, just saying... something's gotta give! *
And sidenote, I am going to focus more energy in school. I don't want to obsess over my weight. I am going to do what I need to do and workout as much as possible but there IS more to life than weight loss! Med school takes up a lot of energy and I need to spend more time studying for my test NEXT FRIDAY! AHHH! :-D

3 hour diet for next 4 weeks
Wish me luck on this cruise body ! ~4 weeks left.
Talk to ya next week!

~*~Toodles GBF~*~

  
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GREEKSPARK 2/15/2009 12:33AM

  Hey!! Thank you so much for the post on my page! You are fantastic and your running accomplishments are SO MOTIVATING! I need to get back into it and your page is the push I need- thank you!
"And sidenote, I am going to focus more energy in school. I don't want to obsess over my weight. I am going to do what I need to do and workout as much as possible but there IS more to life than weight loss! Med school takes up a lot of energy and I need to spend more time studying for my test NEXT FRIDAY! AHHH! :-D" - I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND! Now, I am not in super intense med school, but wow, we are so on the same page in terms of this perspective!
Hope your Valentine's Day was fantastic!


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MAINEROCKS 2/13/2009 10:27PM

    wow, you are doing great! i also love to jump around on different things at the gym. the variety keeps me from getting in bored and i end up with a great workout. keep up the awesome workouts and i think you are right about being mindful about calories but not being afraid to eat if hungry... your body says it needs an apple, feed it an apple! :-)

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JOSIEMAC11 2/11/2009 3:42PM

  well done i love it that you still worked out in the morning even when you woke up late emoticon

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Week 6: Business as usual

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Well... I had a great week 5. I ate very little fast food and stuck to my caloric goals. I am not going to weigh in offically until Feb 20. II am going on a 7 day cruise March 7 and want to be in the 130's. have about 5 weeks and want to lose 10-15 pounds. I am working hard to get some 'see-able' results. In order to speed things up a little I have started lifting weights again and I do a different exercise video each day in addition to my cardio workout. at the very least I will have some muscle to show on my cruise, even if I don't have the weight loss I want
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Goals this week= different video each day + run 4 days + weight lift 2 days
Stick to 1200-1550 calories.

** It has been so difficult for me to move beyond 150. I have been working out sooooo hard and my weight continues to fluctuate between 148-151. at least it's not 157 anymore.. but still! I want results~ I want to be honest in this blog so I can look back and see how I felt over the past 12 weeks during my challenge. I am proud that I continue to work out even when I don't feel like it and I hope my hard work will pay off when I need it. I am SO sick and tired of not enjoying my vacations because I am not at my goal weight. This year I am going to have fun either way but I SURE hope I atleast get into the 130's 139.8 will be fine lol!

I need to know the biggest loser secret!!

Oh and school is going well. I did good on my test. I am working on ways to control the stress so I don't get stress-fat! I takea relaxing bath 3 times a week and allow myself to de-stress! I can't necessarily control the stress of school but I can remain calm during non-test weeks!

So sparkfriends do you guys have any advice!? I know a lot can happen in 4-5 weeks. I know I can make a big dent in my weight loss and honestly I am willing to workout hard for the results. I think my body is used to working out a lot and it's getting harder to shock it! I did taebo ultimate bootcamp today. Taebo used to give me great results- stopped doing it for a while- so maybe I need a taebo challenge!?

Extra info- I am sleeping about 6 hours a night and constantly working on getting 8- i truly believe 8 hrs= weight loss and better mood!
* I drink lots of h2o every day. 75 oz/day is my goal this week
* I use a heart rate monitor and do atleast 30 mins each day. usually way more.
* I've been eating about 1300-1500 cals a day. -only for a week consistently- I'm going to give this more time to work! I eat about every 3-4 hrs
*I try to eat 5 fruits and veggies each day.
I journal my feelings a few times each week
OH AND... I now turn down my BF's late night fast food runs!

  
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TRAINER_T 2/5/2009 9:33AM

    Your on the right track, remember this too it takes time to put it on and time to take it off.
The secret at the BL is that they have nutritionist fixing the meals, and pushing them to the max. Even still sometimes they have bad weeks.
Keep with a focus on diet, and this plan you have for workouts with the extra ST and you should see some results very soon.
GO girl and make it count!

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MAINEROCKS 2/4/2009 9:45PM

    wow, i think you are doing awesome! i think if you just keep working hard and eating in your range, your scale will eventually budge! determination will help you win this battle :-)
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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!!!

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!

  
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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!

suzy

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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!! :-)
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** 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
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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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PINKYPRINCESSE 1/26/2009 3:03PM

  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

    **CLAPPING MY HANDS**

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.

suzy

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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!

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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!!!
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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

    AWESOME!!!!

Good luck on the test!

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JULIE2BTRUE 1/12/2009 2:30AM

    CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK, SWEETHEART!!!!!!!
I BELIEVE IN YOU
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PGPMEHL 1/11/2009 9:53PM

    Good luck!!

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Good Luck with your studies!!

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