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Restart AGAIN

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm trying not to be disheartened that my goals today are pretty much the same as they were in Oct 2010.

The difference is that I have achieved them (Feb 2011) and maintained until the holidays 2011, when for a number of reasons I backslid and gained 15 lbs.

I'm really looking forward to a dance retreat on April 5-7 and am inspired to make April 2012 the month that I regain my progress and take my fitness level even further.

THE PLAN
Fitness: I have a weekly accountability buddy for exercise. I'm trying to burn about 3200 calories a week. I make a plan on Monday that will allow me to do that and I try and stick to it.

Food: Track. Track. Track. That is the key. Plus no restaurants and only watching movies/TV if I feel up to doing so without mindlessly eating.

Ready, set, go!

  
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ROYALETBONE 3/30/2012 5:14PM

    Awesome to see your face pop up in my in box about the time I vow to track calories again.
That's the one thing that really, really works for me. Sign.
The rain is about done... dancing in the park soon!

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KOSHKALET 3/30/2012 2:08AM

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Wow, how awesome are you to come back and be so clear about your goals and to enlist some buddy help!

Not eating in front of the computer/TV cut my calories by a lot.

Anyway, keep up the great work!

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October Goals

Monday, October 04, 2010

October 2010 is going to be a super successful month for me. I can feel it! I plan to:

1. Reach 180lbs by Nov 1.
2. Train with my trainer 2x/week, BOOM! fitness 2x/week, 1 other dance class/week.
3. Record my calorie intake on SP every day.
4. Complete my Morning Pages every morning.
5. Take myself on an Artist Date every week.

Sounds like fun!

  
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HAPPY_HANK 10/5/2010 9:25PM

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DETERMINED_SOUL 10/5/2010 3:41PM

    Sounds like a good fun plan! Best of luck!

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Juice Feast Day#7

Monday, May 24, 2010

So much for daily blogging! I never have been much of a journal writer.

Truthfully, my partner's surgery week went by in a blur of activity. Everything has gone as well as can be hoped for: the surgery was a success, the medical professionals involved were all competent and kind, she came home one day early, her energy is good and recovery is going well.

As the primary support for someone recovering from major surgery, I tried to anticipate, but have been surprised anyway, by all of the little details that go into helping someone through that process. I realize that my biggest challenge is not to take care of the logistics, but to stay present and not totally "numb out." My tendency is definitely to go far away emotionally, but I feel proud of the steps I'm taking to not use this old coping mechanism.

I have stayed active and made it to a yoga class and 3 dance classes last week, which is one of the best things I can do to feel like me. I also took a bath on Friday and listened to a meditation tape, which helped.

Food-wise, I stuck to juicing plan. I had fun with all the possibilities of juicing and smoothie making. I also made some awesome bran muffins using the carrot pulp from the juicer.

Some challenges of juice feasting:
Though juicing takes it "back to the basics," it feels labor intensive (though it probably doesn't take longer than cooking a meal). Also, no matter how much juice I drank, I did reduce my calorie range from 1800-2200 to 1200-1400 and the result of a juice feast is that your system is "clean" - both of those things means that I got hungry at certain points in the day. The hunger and the intentionality that it takes to juice feast gave me feelings that resonated uncomfortably like my teenage dieting years, when I was obsessed with losing weight.

Some benefits of juice feasting:
I didn't have to decide what I was going to eat during such a stressful week. I got a lot of comfort knowing that I was absorbing massive amounts of vitamins and minerals. I felt proud that I wasn't compulsively eating my way through the emotional ups and downs. I had fun experimenting with the juices.

I also weighed myself this morning and I lost 6.5 lbs since last Monday. I have been taking my weight loss journey very slowly (average 12 lbs/year for 7 years). I was a little scared by the big loss, but truth to be told I am READY to reach my goal, which is now only 8 pounds away. If juicing can help me get there soon, so that I can settle into maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of my life, bring it on!

  
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DETERMINED_SOUL 5/26/2010 3:08PM

    I'm glad the surgery went well and you are doing so well!

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IPANEMAOAKLAND 5/25/2010 1:33PM

    Thanks Mare and Mikki for the encouragement!

Mikki, The juice "feast" gurus say yes, fresh juice only, including more vegetable than fruit juice. Some of them also drink homemade vegetable broth.

That much juicing doesn't work for my lifestyle, so I have settled into doing a big juice in the morning (~4 cups), half of which I drink in the morning and half in the afternoon. I also have smoothies (frozen fruit, soy milk and protein powder blended in the Magic Bullet). I have also had juice pulp bran muffins and some salads and nuts. I've also had some store bought Odwallas and Acai juices when I was out and about.

The juice gurus say that if you don't have solid food you are less hungry, but I simply couldn't get enough calories that way and I got grumpy!



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ROYALETBONE 5/24/2010 11:05PM

    Oooooh, you did GOOD! Good on you for focusing on your own health at this stressful time. Woot, woot!


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MIKKIRB 5/24/2010 4:04PM

    So are you only having juice and no solid food? What a great loss, but I don't know if I could only drink juice for a week. Also, I used to make juices a few years ago and it is much more time consuming than you'd think. I'd don't know, I might have to pull the old juicer back out again. Maybe do a cup a day or something like that!

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Juice Feast Day#1

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I've discovered a food, diet and nutrition writer that I love: Angela Stokes. This is her website: http://store.rawreform.com/rawreform2.php

I've been experimenting with raw food this year, especially juicing. Though I don't think I will ever sign on completely for the raw lifestyle, I love the concept of being very mindful of eating whole foods straight from the farmer's market or CSA box as often as possible.

Angela Stokes stands out as a writer because of her apt descriptions and suggestions around the emotional aspects of eating.

My partner had major surgery yesterday and in the weeks leading up to the event, I found myself obsessing about and often indulging in fatty, sugary foods. So on the day before the surgery, I pulled out Angela's guide to Juice "Feasting" and decided this week was a good one to take it back to the basics.

I'm super pleased with the structure that juicing added to my day. I made a green juice in the morning, a veggie juice in the afternoon and a banana blueberry smoothie for dinner. I enjoyed each of them and didn't feel cravings until I was in the hospital waiting room longer than expected and went to the cafeteria at 8pm. I chose a cup of trail mix, which felt decadent. I definitely had that compulsive feeling while I was eating it all (past the point of hunger), but also felt proud of my choices for the stressful day. I know that if I had been less intentional, I could have started with pastries and coffee and never stopped eating candy.

  
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IPANEMAOAKLAND 5/24/2010 3:24PM

    Thanks for the encouragement! It has been an long, ultimately amazing, week.

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ROYALETBONE 5/20/2010 1:29AM

    Hope your partner is doing well- those stressful days are hard on both of you. Good on your for taking care of you.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 5/18/2010 1:46PM

    You show such strength! You are doing so very well.

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On track and integrating wellness

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Today is one of those days when I feel like life just gets better and better.

Since 2004, I've lost 75 lbs. It has been such a slow process that sometimes I forget what a tremendous accomplishment that is. An even bigger accomplishment, however, has been learning how I can feed myself in a way that fuels and nourishes my body. Also, I have so many ways that I love to move and get sweaty, that regular exercise is a pleasure, not a trial.

I've still got about 15 lbs until I meet my goal weight and I'm also excited about the benefits that I am seeing in my dance abilities, now that I am stronger and more flexible. My current plan includes:

Food
I eat a mostly vegetarian diet with low gluten and dairy consumption. I make an effort to eat home-cooked, whole foods as much as possible. My calorie goal is to stay in the 1400-1800 range daily.

Exercise
Sunday – 90 min Brazilian dance class
Monday – 60 min yoga class
Tuesday – usually a rest day
Wednesday – 60 min yoga class
Thursday – 90 min BOOM! Class (dance and percussion)
Friday – options: 90 min hip hop class or go out dancing
Saturday – 60 min gym workout with my partner

I don’t always hit all of those activities every week, but there are plenty of options and diversity in my plan, so it keeps me moving.

  
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ROYALETBONE 3/16/2010 3:09AM

    Sounds like bliss- following your bliss. Ahhhhh.
75 down- and another lost this week! Woot, woot!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 3/15/2010 7:16PM

    Way to Go!!! You have a wonderful schedule and great dedication, great job!

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TRISHP1961 3/14/2010 3:05PM

    Good for you!

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THEEXERCISER 3/14/2010 2:29PM

    sounds like you have a full schedule

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