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Enough is Enough

Friday, August 22, 2008

I've had enough of myself.

I moved a couple of weeks ago, and so I got entirely off track with the moving and the new job and the insanity. Somehow, though, I have not figured out how to get back on track. I was thinking yesterday that I suddenly had no motivation, when I checked out the Daily Spark and saw that post about Where Has My Motivation Gone, and realized that the problem wasn't that I lost my losing weight/getting fit motivation, but it was that I was much more motivated to explore the new restaurants in my area and find the new ice cream shops, and relax in my new apartment. This is not the right motivation.

Anyway, I've signed up for the e-mail lists of a whole bunch of change your body types, including Leigh Peele, Tom Venuto, and Lyle McDonald among a few others, and recently what I've seen from them is that you need to set a goal, make it public, and update on your progress to really reach a goal.

Therefore, this is my starting over with new goals. I'm going to update a bunch of stuff on my page to go along with this, and I'll probably have my sister take some pictures. I am giving myself until Christmas to get fit. I want less fat, I want more muscle, and I want to feel good.

You are my public, and it is my job to keep you updated on my progress often, and I want you to remind me that I have this goal and I am making it public because I need accountability to keep fitness my top motivator and not somewhere in the middle of the list.

Here is my plan:

High protein, few grains
No white sugar, no white flour, as little HFCS as possible
Lots of fresh fruit/veggies
As clean as possible.

I'm not counting calories because I'm trying to get out of that habit, it takes up too much of my brain, I should be able to estimate pretty well by now. However, If I talk about what I eat and it sounds suspect ... by all means call me on it.

Lots of it.
Every weekday morning = Wii Fit!
Should do some strength EVERY DAY!
Should do some cardio EVERY DAY!
Make healthy choices, i.e., walking up the stairs to my 4th floor lab, parking further away, getting off at further bus stops, etc.

Blog about my life daily, or as often as I can get online. Tell what I did, how I felt, and what I'm planning.
Admit to my wrong doings and correct them without giving excuses
Ask WHY all the time, Why am I hungry, why am I tired, why did I eat that, why do I feel this way, etc.

Ok. I'm off. Wish me luck and help me out if you can!

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MOOGIEBEE 8/23/2008 1:43PM

    emoticonGood Luck!! You can do it!

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    Good luck!

We know you can do this, both you and I know this!


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Stop, Wait, Restart

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Time to get back on my blog. I have been so far behind in stuff lately, that I need to have that public thing to bring me back on track. So, I'm currently homeless because my lease ended Wed. in Indiana, but my job requires my presence here until Thurs, so I can't move to Mass until Friday. I am staying at a friend's house, it's actually kind of fun. However, with the move, I have been way off schedule and really need to get back on.

I HAVE to keep my blood sugar regulated, even when I am a bum and eat too many calories, I have to remember not to spike my blood sugar and insulin, and even though it is not a currently life threatening condition, I really need to get into the mentality that every time I screw it up, it gets closer to being a life threatening condition. Going off diet is okay, allowing myself to eat sugars is NOT OKAY!

Just to reiterate this point to myself, I recently learned that hyperinsulemia, too much insulin, can damage cells just as much as high blood sugar. The high insulin further increases the difficulty of getting glucose into cells, and causes fats to accumulate in the wrong places. Therefore, allowing an insulin spike pushes me closer to diabetes, not cool.

Also, in the general-ness of remembering this, too many carbs makes my body go haywire, I feel icky and tired, and off, and the whole thing is a mess. No more.

So, today, in my attempt to get back on track, I did a brief workout here in my friends's house using my resistance band and a clock. Here's what I did:

3 sets of 10-12reps of the following sets of exercises
lateral raises, rear delt raises
chest flies, chest press
bent-over rows, bicep curls

Then I did interval training in 30 second intervals, 30 seconds of marching followed by 30 seconds of a high intensity move, 10 minutes total, here were my moves:
jumping jacks
left jab/cross
right jab/cross
mountain climbers
front kicks
jumping jacks
skater jumps

Now, I am tired.


Plan for Moving

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wow, I haven't been here in a while. I'm moving next week, so my life has been a bit nuts.

Speaking of moving, I am staying with a friend for about a week in between one place and another, and I need a plan for eating while my kitchen capabilities are limited:

Here's what I'm thinking

Drink 1 slimfast milkshake first thing in the morning
Take bus to gym
Run around the track
Shower and change at gym
Have Weight Control oatmeal at work
Eat lean cuisine for lunch
Have Kashi Golean, pumpkin seeds, and Special K protein bar for afternoon snacks
Eat healthy dinner with friend
Try and get resistance training in evening with body weight and band
Yogurt and something for snack


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DANIMITE2 7/26/2008 4:49PM

    Good for you! Staying in control and having a plan will save your from last minute mistakes or careless binges.

Moving can be such a pain, but keep a positive attitude and take things one step at a time. Keep us posted!

Congratulations on the next step on your journey!

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Carb Cycling

Friday, July 04, 2008

I've been reading some exciting materials on how to define my body. Now that I am at a healthy weight, I want to continue to lose fat while building muscle. My project mayhem workouts are helping that out plenty in the workout area, and I do lots of other workouts, but I want to adjust my eating habits again to help me out.

- increase protein intake to 130-140g/day
- decrease carb intake
- cycle carbs in days of low (~100g), average (~130g), and high (~160g)

Here is my cycling plan:
Sun - high
Mon - low
Tues - average
Wed - low
Thurs - high
Fri - average
Sat - low

Fun fun!
My breakfast essentially stands as is, so most of this change will come from lunch, dinner, and snack.

Lunches will include meat patties and cheese to increase protein, as well as veggies. On high/average days some grain might be added (bread or crackers). Also, salmon/tuna and onion.

I can keep the Kashi GoLean snack, it has 7g protein.

Snacks need to have more protein, I'm thinking about using my protein powder to make shake/smoothie, or buying a protein drink to supplement it.

Dinner will just be a matter of limiting grains on low days and eating them on high ones. I use plenty of chicken/cheese to get the protein.

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LESS_IS_MO 7/6/2008 10:03PM

    Intteresting blog. I wish I could go low carbs, but I find carbs really satisfy my appetite when protein and fiber doesn't. I try to go under 200 carb grams (usually I don't make it). I can't imagine trying to go under 100 - wow that must be tough, but I guess with your insulin resistance it is a must.

I enjoyed reading your intro page, and BTW, you look incredibly fabulous. What a feeling that you AND your husband have lost a ton of weight.

Also I wonder how we ended up on the SPARK team of May 18-25 together, as I just browsed a thread from the team. Did you rejoin then or something?

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    That sounds great, tracking has been hard for me to do, congrats on your success and have fun with the definition and toning phase of your successes!

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MARYGAIL2 7/5/2008 9:51PM

    This is the first time I've heard of carb cycling. What is the advantage of it....lowering overall carb intake but not depriving yourself every day? It sounds like a plan! emoticon

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MAGIEDEN 7/5/2008 6:17AM

    Sounds as though you have really thought through this plan. I hope you can have success with it and emoticonon being at a healthy weight. Keep it up!

Fellow Low-Carber emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Dinners for this up-coming week

Friday, July 04, 2008

- Goulash with veggies on the side (Sun)
- Bruschetta pizza (Mon)
- Pad Thai (Tues)
- Sausage with green beans (Wed)
- BBQ chicken and mac and cheese with salad (Thurs)
- Chicken with salsa verde (Fri)
- Chicken Parm and salad (Sat)

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ANKARIA 7/21/2008 4:38PM

    Hey, what is your pad thai recipe?

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LIVEN2BPINK 7/6/2008 8:32AM

    Great idea and to share it on a blog!


Healthy Choices, Deb

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