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Sunday, November 30, 2014

So, I've been on a short tour (2 months). I did well for the first couple of weeks, with exercise at least, and tried to eat healthily. And then I got sick. With a chest cold. For 3+ weeks. So, I've been very much off the wagon for the rest of tour, both by not exercising and by eating comfort food. Once I felt better, I did a couple of workouts here and there, nothing consistent, and tried to eat a bit better.

So, I just got back home a week ago. The next morning I weighed and.. 2 pound gain. Not terrible. Was expecting worse. 1/2 inch up in the waist, so those two pounds represent muscle lost and fat gained, unfortunately.

Yesterday: First real workout since I've been back, I went to aerial class! Which I love. And it was HARD. I was of course in a group with 2 much more skilled people, which didn't help at all. :) And today, my arms and shoulders hate me. With a passion. But I love it. Because it's muscle being built. And it's been awhile since I've felt that good kind of sore. As soon as I get consistent with it, it'll get easier, and I'll build up the strength to do the cool tricks.

Thing is, I don't feel motivated AT ALL. Hot chocolate and curling up on the couch sound 1000 times more appealing than doing a workout video (and it's not even cold here yet). I've been catching up on my backlog of spark emails, reading a lot of articles, trying to find the inspiration or the dedication that I had over the summer, when I lost 10 pounds or so (which was great, and I actually got a handful of unexpected compliments). But alas, I am in the motivation doldrums, experienced by so many. I know, it's a not a terribly original problem. There are articles, forums, board posts galore for this exact question. Why? Because it happens to everyone. The solution: just do it, even if you don't feel like it. Totally valid. I just need to do it.

I've reset my goal weight tracker thingy (the yellow line on the progress report), because I'm going to turn 31 in a few months, and I don't want to spend my 30s overweight. I will not. So, new goal, get down to 145 lbs (~20 lbs down from where I am now) by mid-March. It's not going to be easy, what with the holidays right in the middle of it and another week on tour coming up. And I have no idea what my work life will be like in February, don't have anything booked yet. Could be on tour, could be working in LA, could be out of work, no clue. Ah, freelance. But it's a new goal to focus on. I haven't given myself a real deadline in awhile. Let's see if it helps.

Thanks for listening, if anyone read this. It helps just to write it down. Actually, I'm feeling more motivated. I think I'll go find a workout video to do! :)

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GINGKO711 11/30/2014 4:17PM

    When I have trouble motivating myself, I find that focusing on the fact that my workouts are super short (i.e., 30 minutes) really helps. Maybe that'll work for you?

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Tour plan snag

Monday, October 27, 2014

So, the 1 week on my plan worked out alright, in the sense that I didn't gain any weight. And I followed my workout schedule consistently and did alright with the hotel breakfasts (cereal, yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit). But it was tech, which means the producer and office staff were there, and we went out at night and it was Nashville. Food had to be tried (hello alligator bites), drinks had to be drank. Came back after a week and was at the same weight. So, that's good.

Then I went back out for 3 weeks, and almost immediately came down with a cold, that started out with a wicked sore throat for the first night (bad enough where it hurt to swallow, talk, anything), followed by 2 1/2 weeks (so far) of a bad cough that has been tapering off into an occasional cough. It's not gone yet, but the advice nurse said they can last up to 3 weeks, so I'm hoping it'll be done soon. As it's a bad idea to work out when the illness is below the neck, and the fact that deep breathing makes me cough, I haven't worked out in about 3 weeks, which SUCKS. And I was feeling sorry for myself being sick, which means I was eating comfort food. Stupid, I know. On the upside, I was drinking (alcohol) less.

But I just got back home and still maintained at 162, so at least there's that. I'm assuming some of the muscle I gained has changed to fat. Proof of which is that I've gained 1/2 inch in my waist. Lame. But it could be worse. I was preparing myself for the worst on the scale (back to 170 or higher). So, all I can do is try to eat healthy (last night dinner was chicken and dumpling soup, and I started this morning with oatmeal topped with craisins).

Hoping this cough will leave SOON!!! And I can get back to working out regularly.


Quick blog update

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Okay, so I don't have a lot of time to write, since I should be out running errands, doing laundry, working out, and packing. Aka, everything I do the day before I fly out, every time I travel. But yeah, I just need to put some things into writing before I leave tomorrow.

So, over the past few months, since the end of April, actually, I've made good progress on the weight loss front. I've also lost inches in my waist and hips. The Summer 5% challenge really helped, and the Fall challenge just started on Saturday. I added a feature to my signature that has my numbers from the beginnings of the past 5 months and there is a consistent downward trend, which is great. Not as steep a descent as I'd like, but it never is, is it? At least it's always gone down. Part of the reason for this, I'm sure, is that I've been at home in LA. I've had my yoga studio, fitness classes (no gym, but I have places for yoga, zumba and aerial classes). I've had my kitchen and groceries.

Tomorrow, I leave for tour again. I'll leave for a week, come back for a few days, and then go out for 2 months straight. Relatively, a very short tour (I was considering a job with a 9 month contract earlier). But it's where I always get tripped up. The flying, the driving, the being stuck at the theatre all day with nothing but donuts and coffee. The drinking after the shows (not something that can be avoided, trust me I've thought about it, it's part of the bonding). I managed to lose 14 pounds in 2012, and then went on tour for a year and gained it all back (plus a couple more). I do not want to do that again. But it's very difficult. Eating out is literally the only option 95% of the time. We often don't have fridges in our hotel rooms. You really do have to eat when it's lunch/dinner time, and eat fast, because you don't get another chance later. Occasionally there's a good day, and we'll have a full hour for meal break. But a lot of the time, I work straight through, from the morning load in until the evening load out, and one of the crew will bring me food to the lighting desk.

This isn't a 'oh, how terrible is this' blog. I freaking love my life. It's awesome. I'm doing what I love, while traveling, which I also love. This is a just a statement of the challenges I'm up against. So. How to prepare for this.

I've had workout videos and apps with me on the road for the past year and a half, but then get tired and inconsistent. I need a workout schedule that I can stick to, and that is super flexible (sometimes the hotel gyms are awesome, sometimes they consist of one broken treadmill). I have 2 1/2 weeks left of the Jessica Smith 4 week workout plan. So that'll be helpful. I might just repeat it once I finish. I also just started the pushup challenge. Did week 1 day 1 yesterday. I really want to get my arms stronger. Also my core. Basically, I want to stay in shape so I don't lose the progress I've made this summer in aerial class. One of the instructors gave me some suggestions of exercises to do. He asked if the hotel gyms might have a pull up bar and I laughed. Never. They never do. I'm lucky if they have floor space.

Food. Eating out for every meal. I've learned to like oatmeal over the summer. Okay, maybe like is a strong word. It's a texture thing. But I've learned to eat it. So, I'm bringing some packets with me, because there's always a coffee maker in the rooms. We'll see. Also, I will TRY my damnedest to make healthy choices when eating out. I CANNOT regain this weight that I have worked so damned hard to lose. Problem is, when you're in Buffalo, NY, you have to get original buffalo wings. But that's an exception to the making healthy choices RULE. Exceptions do not happen all the time. Otherwise they would be the rule. Someone burn that into my brain, please? Okay, stuck at the theatre. I bought granola bars the other day, and will pick up some trail mix today. Same solution for on the road/in the airport snacking. Granola bars and trail mix.

Drinking at work: Order stronger drinks, less mixers, so that I drink slower. Same calories (or less because no mixer), lasts longer. It's a theory, I haven't tried it before. We'll see. At least we have a tendency on the road to drink whiskey, not fruity drinks with tons of sugar. So that's good. Well, and beer. We drink a lot of beer. Hm. Note to self, try to drink more slowly. Trust me, it's not as easy as it sounds.

Okay, so exercise short version: Pushup challenge (3 non-consecutive days/wk) and Jessica Smith Hourglass Shape Workout Plan. Also, ab exercises (planks and V-ups) and elliptical or treadmill when available and I have time. Okay, so this plan could use some more definition (like my abs!). But I know what elements I want to use to build said schedule.

Food short version: Oatmeal for breakfast, granola bars and trail mix for snacking (fruit when available), and healthy choices as the RULE, and exceptions rarely. Because they're called exceptions. And touring is not vacation.

Drinking short version: Stronger drinks, and drink more slowly. And try not to eat the bar snacks people order.

If anyone has more suggestions, I'm open to them. Here's hoping this works better than the past year on the road. At least I have 1 week trip to try them out.

P.S. That did not end up being a quick blog.

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BERGBA7 9/23/2014 4:04PM

    Good plan - do your workouts in your hotel room every day! And even if it is only 10 minutes of jumping around. You ALWAYS have time for 10 minutes, even on tour! Make smart choices at the restaurant - yes - this one you can do... and on the drinking front... have one drink at night - that is not too many calories!
You have a good plan - just do it!
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I was so close!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Okay, so I let myself slide yesterday. And kind of started to today.

Yesterday was the Fourth of July, and while the beginning of the day went fine, my friend's cookout where we watched fireworks from the roof was . . . awesome! But not food wise. Drank way too many beers, ate way too many chips. And I know, it was a one time special event and I shouldn't beat myself up about it. And it was a lot of fun, especially since I don't get to hang out with her as much as I'd like anymore. The neighbors across the street were setting off aerials, so for us, sitting on the roof, they were going off right over our heads! Beautiful, and amazing.

So, yesterday morning, I weighed in at 169, and I went yay! Then this morning, given the overeating, overdrinking, etc, it said 173. And I went, aww. I know, it's mostly water retention from too much sodium, and it should (hopefully) come off fairly quickly. I've been drinking a lot of water today, not exactly because of that, but because it's really really really hot here, but that is a bonus.

The frustrating thing is that I was sooooo close to breaking 170, and this morning was the weigh in day for the Summer 5% challenge. Couldn't have been yesterday? Oh well. Fair's fair, so I logged the 173 on the weigh in board. Hopefully next week will look like a huge loss? Must... do... cardio... but... it's... too... hot....

(Also, I'm on 3 hours of sleep, so I'm a bit punchy).

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NEWTINK 7/9/2014 4:58AM

    You will have an awesome weigh in this week ... just keep pushing emoticon

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LIFENPROGRESS 7/7/2014 10:58AM

    Hey, sometimes a "splurge" day is a good thing -- keeps your body guessing! It's water weight -- give it a couple of days and drink plenty of water!
Best of success at next week's weigh-in! emoticon

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SIRIUS2014 7/6/2014 6:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad you enjoyed the day. You'll get there.

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HMEGHAN02 7/5/2014 10:05PM

    Thanks Lizzy! emoticon indeed!

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COUCH2ROAD_LIZ 7/5/2014 9:26PM

    I know how you feel! I ate waaaay too much yesterday. I'm not using the scale again until August and I'm doing quite a bit of cardio/strength.

Good will go back down quick now that you are back on track!


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Excuse vs. Rebuttal vs. Planning

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ok, so I've been terribly lax both about tracking my food and getting exercise in for most of July. I think I've worked out maybe 3 times this month (dedicated workouts, not at-work moving around, which for most of my job involves a lot of walking and stairs). At first it was because of a wicked sunburn right above my bikini line (fabulous fail on my part, I know), which made movement difficult the first week of July. And then... well, and then. It just kept going. The 2nd week of July I was working the first couple days, then had to go to Vegas for a job interview, then was working the entire weekend when I got back. And last week I was apartment hunting/viewing, which is exhausting, even if it's no more than searching on craigslist. The end result is that I've been losing and gaining same 3 pounds over and over since May and this month I've been staying more at the top range of that.

The point of all this? Not to validate my excuses. Here's why they don't work.
Week 1. Excuse: sunburn. Rebuttal: Should have at least been tracking my food (which would have been good, because I probably ate less as I was very much disinclined to move and go to the kitchen). It should have made me drink lots of water as well. Also, could have worked on strength training my upper body (if I figured out a way to move where cloth didn't rub on my skin).

Week 2. Excuse: Lots of work and a road trip. Rebuttal: My friend's place in Vegas has a fitness center and a pool. Granted I was there for less than 24 hours. I even threw workout clothes in my bag. What did I forget? Sneakers. Blast. But I could have done laps in the pool instead of hanging out indoors with her enormous Giant Malamute puppy (seriously, he's like 5'3 in length and comes up to the kitchen table in height. Adorable.) Upside, Vegas is frickin hot, so I was drinking a LOT of water, definitely. Also, it makes the heat here in Los Angeles seem like nothing. Downside, interviews stress me out like no other, so there may have been indulging in a coffee and comfort pastry afterwards. And then a drink. With nachos. I should have worked out instead for the stress relief. But it's Vegas, baby! ;)

Week 3. Excuse: Busy apartment hunting. Rebuttal: I could have scheduled workout sessions during the day (was viewing places sometimes during the day and sometimes in the evening with my roommate), which would have helped me focus. Also... maybe could have marched in place (or moved in any way, really) while on the computer and making phone calls to view places. And, it should have been easy to track food since I was home most of the time.

I know... coulda, woulda, shoulda. But hopefully it will teach me something for future planning, which brings me to...

This week... I have to do an open house Wednesday night, which means Wednesday cleaning. Maybe starting to think about packing up everything. Looking for furniture (and a refrigerator) either at a discount store or on craigslist. So I will schedule exercise, starting with zumba tonight at 7:30. I haven't gone in about 3, edging on 4 weeks now. Eez no good. And I will track my food like it's my job (given that I don't have many jobs this week, hehe. Just Saturday, though that's 6am-2am. Yes, 20 hours).

Oh, and I found an apartment and signed the lease last Friday! It was our first choice apartment, too. Our lease starts August 1st, but we're moving in this weekend. So, gotta get my exercise in early this week.

Sorry for the long post. I don't want this to snowball into quitting and having to restart. I'm putting my plan down on (virtual) paper and getting back on track, damnit.

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NANCYSINATRA 7/24/2012 12:02PM

    Sounds like my July. Don't think I had excused though, just didn't do anything that I am suppose to. Love the rebuttal/plan idea. For me it's about finding my mojo again, and just doing it. Great plan you have!!

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HMEGHAN02 7/23/2012 7:07PM

    Thanks! I actually just got back from dragging my roommate with me on a 40 minute walk (with spurts of jogging thrown in) as well, and she agreed to come with me to Zumba tonight! Which means that I really have no excuse not to go now. :)

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VICTORY2XS 7/23/2012 6:05PM

    I like your idea of excuse-rebuttal-plan.

Glad you found an apartment. I know how frustrating it is to find a place that fits your needs and your budget. At least that is done now!

Best wishes to you as you forge ahead!

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