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Cosplay Ideas...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

When I weighed myself today, I was 155 (point something, I don't remember exactly), so that makes me happy. What's bad though, is that over the past couple of days, I've kind of gotten into the habit of eating too little (about 1000 calories one day, then 800 or so the next) and then not having the energy to exercise at all ^_^;; Today I'm trying to break out of that habit...I'm planning on going to the gym later, and I've been trying to give myself enough calories so that I'll have the fuel I need for my workout. I even cooked myself a chicken breast with carrots and a coconut milk sauce for lunch, which was pretty good...I might put up the recipe for it later (only problem is, I didn't exactly measure out any of the spices). I also brought a coconut frozen fruit bar to work with me so I can eat it before I go workout.

I've been thinking today about who I might cosplay after I lose all the weight...I'm hoping that by A-kon I'll be in the 130s and that by AnimeFest I'll be in the 120s (my goal is 139 right now, but I plan to keep going during the summer). Now when you're overweight and you think about cosplaying, you're always thinking, who could I pull off and not look completely rediculous at my weight...but the thing is, even thinking about it in terms of NOT being overweight, it's still difficult to figure out who you could pull off WELL. It's the same problem...who do I look enough like? So I'm thinking maybe Seres Victoria from Hellsing, Phillia from Tales of Destiny, or Tira from Soul Calibur 3? (That last one might be a little more for AnimeFest, since Tira's costume involves a bare midriff.)

I also want someone who matches my personality type a little bit, so that I can actually do the "play" part of cosplay a little, or at least have an easier time posing for pictures ^_^ So no one who has to smile all the time, or has a really outgoing, energetic personality...that would be just too much of a stretch for me, and I just couldn't keep it up all day ^_^;; Also have to think about what I'm going to do with my glasses...I'd like to get contacts, but I've actually tried that before a couple of times, and although I could get them into my eyes, however hard I tried I couldn't get them out without help (I was just too squeamish about touching my own eyeballs, I think)...which means that by law I couldn't take them home with me -_- It's been a few years since the last time I tried, though, so I'm tempted to make another attempt. If I can't get contacts, though, I'll have to either play someone who has glasses or else run around the convention nearly blind.

Hey, does anyone have a trick for getting their contacts out? I've got a trick to get them in (put them in the bottom of my eyelid and let them flip up onto my eye), so if I could just find some "trick" to get them out, then maybe...

I've been thinking about dying my hair red and cutting it short again. I think it was cute that way before. The only thing is, right now it's long and bleached blonde, so I'm a little scared to cut it or put color back on it, because if I did there wouldn't be any going back for a while...of course, this kind of thinking is probably why so many women get into the same old hairstyle rut...

I'll just have to think about these things some more when I'm closer to my goal weight.

  
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JUNKFOODVEGAN 2/26/2010 12:54PM

    I love your cosplay ideas. I've been meaning to go to a convention for years now -- my friends all want me to go, but I never have the money. The two big conventions closest to me are Katsucon and Otakon... ever go to either of those?

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ANEWHEALTHYLIFE 2/26/2010 7:51AM

    I hate wearing contacts too and I only wear them when i'm working out, at a party, or dancing. lol. The way I found that works really well for me when I need to get them out of my eyes is that I:

1) Take the lens and drag it down off the pupil of my eye (so it's swimming around in the white part of my eye).
2) And then it will kind of fold up on itself which will make it easy to grab.
3) then I just pull it out. :)

Sounds easy but it does take a few tries. Contacts are just bothersome in my opinion. lol.

And I loved reading your blog! I know how the "not eating enough calories" thing is. I have gone through many of those phases and I think what you are doing to fix it is great! Eat more snacks and get your butt to the gym (hehe). :) Have fun, and remember to eat, eat, eat so you don't faint on the treadmill. That's never fun. :P Have a great Friday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAPRINIKA 2/25/2010 10:11PM

    I'm dying to go to the upcoming kon in Hawaii!! One of my favourite Japanese voice actor would be there! *pouts*

All the characters I would like to try cosplaying are all male characters. XD

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Okay, NOW I'm losing weight again, and I know why...

Monday, February 22, 2010

I realize this is probably too much information, but yes, I am that "too much information" girl. I apologize in advance to any male who might accidentally read this (lol).

So I finally realized what the deal was with me not APPEARING to lose any weight recently. I guess I kind of forgot I was female and it was getting close to "that time of the month," you know what I mean? So now it is that time and at the moment I'm losing weight at a rate of about a pound a day ^_^;; I looked over my charts and I can see, too, that last month there was about a 12 day plateau leading up to rapid weight loss over a few days as well...

You know, I think I have probably pointed out to other people in the past that things like this might be the reason for unexplained weight gain, but for some reason I wasn't even thinking about it when it came to myself.

I'm estimating that by next week I'll probably be at 155, which is about where I should be if I'm going to meet my 139 lbs by May 7th goal ^_^

  
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BREW99 2/24/2010 3:19PM

    I give my weight scale a break during this time of the month - it would just make me cry. haha Always best to keep healthy and happy! Make sure you are eating enough though - always good to have energy! emoticon

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GUINEAPIGMOM 2/23/2010 6:52AM

    Aren't we lucky having to deal with this girls? I suppose the benefit is worth the price but it's still irritating. I get so bloated with my TOM but I don't notice my weigh-ins being worse since I started sparking. Which is weird because I always thought I was heavier then.

And I hear ya on being a TMI kind of person - I am unfortunately one of those people to. I constantly overshare and half the time don't even realize it until people look horrified at something I say! emoticon

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SQUEEZE7 2/23/2010 1:29AM

    Keep up the good work, and drink plenty of water, that should help with the excess water you might have gained. emoticon

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PAPRINIKA 2/23/2010 12:14AM

    Ah that happens~ XD

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SHAPE-SHIFTER 2/22/2010 3:45PM

    LOL. I don't even think about weighing myself at my TOM. Too depressing, even if I do remember that's what is causing it.

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SASSYBEAN1 2/22/2010 3:11PM

    I'm glad you posted this too, because I was thinking that might be my problem recently too.

I don't know that my weight loss will rebound nearly as quickly as yours did, but I'm hopeful! emoticon

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UUMOMMA 2/22/2010 3:01PM

    I'm glad you posted this, because I think I might have been overlooking a very similar phenomenon! emoticon

Good luck reaching your goal! 150 is my ultimate goal, so you've already reached mine! emoticon

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I Was Totally Right About Needing to Step Up the Exercise...

Friday, February 19, 2010

According to my calculations, in order to lose 2 lbs per week, I now need to be burning at least 373 calories during my daily workouts, and that's when I eat the bare minimum of 1200 calories. Looking back over my past workouts, it looks like I've averaged at about 128, so that's an additional 245 calories a day I need to burn 0_0;;

Of course, I kind of suck at algebra, so I hope I'm figuring this all out correctly... I'm pretty sure I got it right, though, and it would explain the recent plateau.

Well, I did want to train for that 5K anyway...guess I better get to it.

  
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PAPRINIKA 2/21/2010 10:25PM

    If I want to lose weight faster, I can only eat 6300kcals per week! I just recently realized that. Haha....~

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GOTHICLOLLIPOP 2/20/2010 12:01AM

    This is the article that shows how to calculate your calorie range:

http://www.sparkpeopl
e.com/resource/calorie_calculat
ion101.asp

To figure out how many calories you should be burning in order to lose a certain amount of weight each week, when you get to step 6, DON'T add in your fitness minutes. Then take that number and subtract the number of calories you typically eat in a day. The result would be your calorie deficit if you didn't exercise at all. Then figure out how big of a calorie deficit you need to lose weight at the rate you want, which is explained in step 7 (for example, to lose 2 lbs per week you need a 1000 calorie a day deficit). Then just take the needed deficit and subtract the number you got in step 6 (the deficit assuming you are sedentary), and that should be the number of calories you need to burn exercising each day.

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JUNKFOODVEGAN 2/19/2010 9:26PM

    I have the same question as healthyjoann -- what's your math equation??

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HELLPARADISO 2/19/2010 4:57PM

    You can do that. I thought I wasn't doing enough, but you'd be surprised how many additional calories you can burn with just a little bit of effort - twenty minutes of high impact aerobics (or two SP aerobics videos) burn 158 calories. That's less than half an hour, and more than half of what you need to make up.

And the running will definitely help - I'm looking forward to that benefit as well!

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HEALTHYJOANN 2/19/2010 4:50PM

    Do you have the math equation to figure it out?

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From Emotional Eating to Emotional Shopping?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It looks like I've finally begun losing weight again. Today I was a little over 158 when I weighed myself. I'm actually getting close to being half way to my goal.

Emotional eating was never really my main problem, but I know in the past I have used food to make myself feel better when I was really upset. Now I wonder if I've replaced emotional eating with emotional shopping. The other day I had an argument with my parents, and then I accidentally got locked out of the house, to top it off. After sitting on the porch crying and kicking the door a few times, I ended up going shopping and spent about $50 (which for me is a lot, because I'm only making a little over $300 a month right now, half of which goes to my car payment).

Of course, I really didn't have anything else to do, since I was locked out of the house, but then, I don't think this is the first time I've done something like this since I've been watching my calorie intake. I know the fact that I was trying to console myself was making me a lot looser with my debit card than I normally would have been.

The thing is, I think I prefer the emotional shopping to the emotional eating. At least I got some cool stuff out of it (I bought workout clothes, a fitness magazine, and a new laundry hamper--what can I say, I'm a practical sort of girl ^_^;;), and I stayed within my calorie range for the day...okay, is it really messed up that I'm actually glad I've turned to shopping to deal with my emotions?

  


Haven't Lost Any Weight Since Feb. 3rd

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I haven't lost any weight since February 3rd. Actually, that isn't really true, I did lose the two or three pounds that I gained back in that same time period, but I am exactly where I was at over two weeks ago, which is disappointing.

I did eat over my calorie range on a couple of days, but I don't think that's really the main reason I haven't lost any weight. I think what was working in the first month just isn't working as well anymore. Since I am in better shape now, I think I need to either reduce my calorie intake further, or I need to step up my exercise program--probably both.

I probably also need to go back to eating more fruits and veggies and less processed foods, which I admit I was better about doing in the first month. I probably also need to get more sleep--I've been so busy lately I've only been getting about six hours a night, which has probably hurt my metabolism.

  
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KAMINLENA 2/16/2010 5:25PM

    Hey there!

I just took a look at your tracker -- KUDOS!! For all the progress you HAVE made!!

Since I'm not sure what your calorie range is, it's hard to say whether you should reduce it further... Generally, I wouldn't go below 1200 cal/day, but, I'm not a doctor or nutritionist. But, generally after 10 lbs. gone Sparkpeople suggests reducing your calorie range.

Also, you may want to take a look at how you're reaching those calories -- you may need to adjust your protien/carb/fat ratios.

Other than that, sometimes it just takes a while for the scale to move! Focus on all the good you're doing for yourself, and it will start moving in the right direction again soon!!

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