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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Is stress-eating a thing for anyone else? Because it's sure as hell a thing for me.

Say it's four hours before my essay deadline and I'm frantically trying to get a decent piece of work written; I will suddenly find myself excruciatingly hungry. Except - I'm not really hungry. And if I ever stop and really think about it, I can tell that I'm not hungry. But a lot of the time, I don't stop and think, and I eat instead - generally something like chocolate, or chips, something that I don't have to spend time making and that I can eat whilst I work.

I've been working on it.

Last night, I had a little lapse. My exam timetable came through, and it turns out the from 3rd June to 6th June - a period of four days - I have five, three-hour exams. That means, my friends, that I will have to write 20 essays in four consecutive days.

As you can imagine, the thought freaked me out a little bit, and even though I said to myself "you're going to get stressed and you're going to think you're hungry, but you're not going to be", I did give in and eat.

Admittedly it was a handful of peanuts and some rice crackers, so there's a positive in that it wasn't a bar of chocolate as big as my head, but the fact remains that I ate when I wasn't hungry. I'm kind of irritated at myself, but I'll learn from this and move on.

And at least, an hour later, when I felt the urge to do it again - I worked out instead. So there was a positive to the evening. Any tips on how to really avoid this kind of thing next time?

Yesterday's goals:
--> work out for at least ten minutes emoticon
--> get through my pole abs conditioning routine emoticon
--> measure and weigh out my food emoticon
--> track my food emoticon
--> track my exercise on fitocracy emoticon
--> no snacking in the evening

Today's goals:
--> measure and weigh out my food
--> track my food
--> avoid the vending machine while studying
--> work out for at least ten minutes
--> make a healthy choice when I eat out tonight (and no dessert!)
--> avoid drinks at the pub

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LAURENXX19 4/13/2013 8:37PM

    Great job on meeting all of your other goals for yesterday!

I've never really had a problem with stress eating. Sometimes, once I start snacking though, I find it hard to stop.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/13/2013 4:34PM

    Sugar free popsicles (they are sweet and numb my mouth!)
Baby carrots (crunchy and bite-sized, easy to pop in like chips!)
I also will have a cup of soothing tea -- my current favorite is chai but it changes often!

I also give myself a pep talk ("You are not hungry -- you ate a good lunch and dinner is in 3 hours.)

This is tough but you CAN train yourself to usually avoid stress eating. Remember, you are either training yourself to resist, or training yourself to give in!

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GMINYARD 4/13/2013 1:14PM

    I have the same problem. It is a habit that I am trying to break, but my brain seems intent on tricking me into thinking it needs to eat. : ( One thing I have found that helps a little is to drink a really hot cup of tea. For some reason, my brain settles down a bit. I think that it thinks I had soup or something. Who is tricky now brain - ha. Hopefully this helps...

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SPARKCHANTAL 4/13/2013 5:57AM

    yes, I get this a lot.
easy to give advice for someone else! but this is what I try to do:

1. un-stress. just enjoy life 5 minutes at a time.
2. think of one job to get done, try to enjoy doing it and cancel out all other thoughts of any other jobs.
3. get into a 'normal' energy level, a regular eating cycle, without snacking or junk.
4. if 'hungry', start with water. and get up and move around, that's when I feel if it's really hunger or just frustration appetite. remember: hunger is in the stomach, appetite is in the head!

good luck

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On Pole Dancing.

Friday, April 12, 2013

So, over the past couple of months I haven't been working out much. I haven't found the time and I've found more than a handful of excuses. But the one thing I have stuck with is pole dancing.

Now, if you've never seen a pole dancing performance, I urge you to go ahead and watch this one:


Might have been pretty different from what you were expecting, huh? No stripper heels, no glitzy outfit, no wiggling of the bum against the pole.

(Now, don't get me wrong - both kind of performances are awesome, but I can't walk in stripper heels and I don't have the confidence for the gold bikini. So, my pole style tends more towards this kind of thing.)

This woman is my idol, and that is the kind of thing I'm aiming for. As you can probably see, pole dancing takes a huge amount of strength! I've been dancing for two years now, and I've got so much stronger. When I watch this video now (and I watch it often) I'm no longer just staring in awe - there are several points where I'm jumping up and down and saying "I can do that!".

I always, always, always forget to bring my camera to my lessons, without fail, so I don't really have any pictures or videos of me dancing, but we're apparently getting a photographer in after exams, so perhaps I'll have something to show you then.

But for a start, how's this? This week's achievement...

I got this move for the first time!

Pole dancing has done wonders for me. I'm stronger, I'm more flexible, I'm more confident. I've made great friends (even if my mother still doesn't know that I do it). If anyone's on the fence about starting, I would urge you to go and book your lessons right this second! You don't need any level of fitness or strength or flexibility to start; you'll gain that along the way.

Now, as for how yesterday went? My goals were:

--> work out for at least ten minutes emoticon
--> no visits to the vending machine emoticon
--> measure and weigh out my food emoticon
--> track my food emoticon
--> track my exercise on fitocracy emoticon

Not bad! Today's goals?

--> work out for at least ten minutes
--> get through my pole abs conditioning routine
--> measure and weigh out my food
--> track my food
--> track my exercise on fitocracy
--> no snacking in the evening

Hope everyone's having a fantastic day!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CODILYNN2 4/15/2013 9:13AM

    I have done pole classes before they are no joke. We had strippers teaching ours but they were serious about it. It was a lot of strength building and it was a lot of fun. I wish they had it where I live now.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/12/2013 8:19AM

    Yes, I have to admit pole dancing brought to mind strippers! Congrats on your wonderful day yesterday!!!!!

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LE7_1234 4/12/2013 5:31AM

    Too, too impressive!!

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Question - how many times is too many to start again?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hello, you may remember me.

(Then again, by this time, you might not.)

If you do remember me, it's probably as the girl who keeps claiming to be starting over and then disappearing promptly. And I'm sort of ashamed that I keep disappearing - but I'm sure as hell not ashamed that I keep coming back.

So. Once more with feeling.

I've put on a lot of weight; finals are looming, and what with the stress of impending exams which are almost my entire degree grade, I've been kind of stress. I've ordered food instead of leaving the house, I've eaten chocolate instead of meals, I've skipped meals, I've been working out once a week tops.

(Although having said that, my pole dancing achievements are growing massively, and I'm certainly getting stronger.)

But that ends today (again)!

So here we are; it's 7 30 am and I've been up for half an hour already and I've done some strength training and pole conditioning. I've thrown out all the crap in my cupboard, all the chocolate left over from Easter, and I'm writing up meal plans and shopping lists. I'm writing a blog.

So - my list of small goals for today?

--> work out for at least ten minutes
--> no visits to the vending machine
--> measure and weight out my food
--> track my food
--> track my exercise on fitocracy

I'll let you know later how those goes - and I WILL be back tomorrow!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GMINYARD 4/12/2013 1:30AM

    This could have been written by me. Lol. I am glad that you are back and I know that this will be the time that you succeed. Sending positive thoughts your way. emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/11/2013 2:35PM

    Welcome back ! Don't beat yourself up because you've regained some weight. That has happened to every single member of spark at one time or another. We're all experts at gaining, losing and regaining the weight. Well, that's the past. You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future !!

I give all new members (and anyone who will listen to me) one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight.

Perhaps the reason you give up or get frustrated is because your goals are too ambitious. Start with some simple changes first. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. And if you do get frustrated, why not post a blog ? Your Spark friends will always support you if you need some extra support.

You don't have to do this alone !

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VHALKYRIE 4/11/2013 1:54PM

    Start over as many times as you have to. I don't know anyone who lost a lot of weight who got it right the first time (or dozen).

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CAALAN23 4/11/2013 1:45PM

    I don't think of it as starting over but a continuation of a very hilly journey. Just keep going!

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PRETTYPITHY 4/11/2013 1:43PM

    I start over every single day! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/11/2013 1:29PM

    You can NEVER start too many times!

As my favorite motivational speaker says, "IT AIN'T OVER UNTIL YOU WIN!"
-Les Brown

So keep coming back. Make today a good day, and do those same things again tomorrow, until you feel empowered to increase or do something else. You can do this!

PS - why does your ticker say you weigh over 300 pounds????

Comment edited on: 4/11/2013 1:31:40 PM

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RAWCOOKIE 4/11/2013 12:39PM

    Yup - starting over again and again like AMARILLYS says. Ready, steady, GO!

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AMARILLYS 4/11/2013 7:18AM

    My mom quit smoking many times before she finally kicked the habit for good. I think it's the same with weight loss. Sometimes you have to start over again and again and again before something clicks and it finally works. Good luck!

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Once More With Feeling || I've been gone too long!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

"It's time for me to start over," she says, sat at her desk eating the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup that her housemate has just brought to her room. "Gotta get back on that horse."

Yes, okay - a stronger woman than me would have refused the pancakes, but my housemate had gone to the trouble of surprising me and I need to use up that bacon, which I accidentally bought two lots of without realising (all healthy bacon recipe suggestions appreciated).

My last blog entry was six months ago, almost to the day, and I'd just completed my first ever race in record time! What's changed since then...?

Not much, basically.

Various factors have meant that I haven't been running since then. Weather, work, new house, more work, and so forth. You'll all be happy to know that I've kept up pole dancing, and can do some pretty kick-ass stuff now. (If you're interested, this is the move that I achieved last week: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BmAr7F9MiI )
I haven't got many pictures (usually too busy) but there is this one:

On a non-weight related side, I wrote a 50,000 word novel in the month of November as part of National Novel Writing Month, a feat of which I am incredibly proud, and I took up art again. (Shameless excuse to show off my latest piece.)

I'm practically becoming a well-rounded individual.

But all in all, I've slipped. Although, despite gaining back some of the weight I lost, though not all, I've become far more comfortable in my my body and who I am thanks to a special someone who managed to convince me that the way I see myself is not the way that everyone else sees me.

But as of today, I'm going to try and make it back again. Because it's the final year of my degree right now, and I have the potential to get back to a really bad place - what with my dissertation, and my final exams looming, it would be so easy to slip back into really bad eating habits and never exercise - and be able to justify it to myself.

So, here's to starting again (again) and pushing forward for success!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

1TRULYBLESSED 1/27/2013 6:48AM

    Becca, I am SO glad to see you again!! It HAS been too long!! Sounds like you're doing great; I'm thrilled to hear that you're still pole dancing, and doing some kick-ass moves on it! emoticon emoticon And, love your artwork -- who knew you had so many talents? You're beautiful, AND amazing!

Just between you and me, I would never say "no" to pancakes and bacon with maple syrup...yum! But, here's a healthier recipe that uses bacon and is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
pe-detail.asp?recipe=2104686 (too bad we can add hyperlinks to blog comments like we can on team threads).

Welcome back!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My first ever race and a new personal best!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I finished the 5K Race for Life this morning in 34:02, which I am very proud of! That includes the annoying slow jog you have to do to actually get to the start line, and also the dodging around all those people who join the runner's group and then start walking pretty much straight away (rage).

It was great, great fun, and I raised over 300 for cancer research. I've been giddy with pride and happiness all morning and into the afternoon - I can't believe I actually ran a race! If someone had told me a year ago where I'd be today, I would never have believed them. I've had a big smile stuck on my face and I've been dancing around, clutching my medal. I'm just so happy with what I've achieved and who I've become.

We got a bunch of free stuff at the end - moisturiser, coupons, protein shake powder, granola and stuff. I bought a t shirt - they made one with the name of everyone who entered the race on it - and everyone was so so friendly.

I can't get over how much fun I had - and I set a new personal best for outdoor running! WOOOOHOOOOOOO!

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LBSPOERL 7/24/2012 11:51AM

    This is amazing!! It sounds like such an awesome time, and you look fantastic! Congrats on completing the race - I know you'll be doing many more in your future. :)

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FATHINSN 7/16/2012 12:11AM

    Wow, that's a good way to raise money for cancer research! Congrats for finishing the race and it's great you had lots of fun (and free goodies, hehe).

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KARALYN_L 7/15/2012 12:21PM

    CONGRATS emoticon

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MRS.LAND 7/15/2012 12:11PM

    Great Job! Keep up the fantastic work!

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