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Hi strangers! I've got am update!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I know, I disappeared again. Wedding planning and school are time consuming! But I will be graduating next month (having maintained straight A's I might add!) and the wedding is on May 10!

I have been working out like crazy and really tracking my food successfully for the first time long term. I haven't lost pounds :( BUT I have lost TEN INCHES since 2/22 (my last dress fitting)!!! I havent counted my total inches lost, I'm waiting until May to do that.

I've been doing the 30 Day Shred and am on Level 3 Day 4. I lost 5 inches with each level..which I think is pretty great. I am not just doing the shred though, I am adding in other strength, HIIT, and cardio (hello jumping jacks!) And burning around 500 a day. The scale budged a tiny bit when I increased my calories so I have hope.

Also, I tried on this red dress that I've had for years. I haven't worn it since 2006 and I held on to it in hopes I could wear it again. I literally cried when I put it on and it fit! I will be taking it with me to the honeymoon :D

I missed you all! I will try to be active here again now that school has settled down :)

  
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 1:40AM

    Congrats! Great job!

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MINTEXAS 4/22/2014 1:23PM

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JAVA286 4/20/2014 9:03AM

    Thanks everyone!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 4/19/2014 12:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your accomplishments - Grade As and your wedding!!

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-BLESSINGS- 4/19/2014 10:34AM

    LOVEly dress...You are looking GREAT... well done

BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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SPARKLESKIP 4/19/2014 10:13AM

  Congratulations! Love the dress!

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ELRIDDICK 4/19/2014 9:29AM

  Thanks for sharing

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PH Balance? Huh?

Sunday, June 09, 2013

My weight seems to have jumped up two pound outs of no where. I know.. two pounds is probably just fluctuation...but its been a few days and my weight doesn't really fluctuate much. I haven't changed anything except my stress level and MORE exercise. This is so frustrating..why can't I ever see any results? I eat better than ever and exercise on a regular basis (longer than ever) with nothing to show for it.

I heard a little something about how your body's PH can affect your weight. Apparently, stress can affect your PH. If that is what caused these two pounds to show up, then I really need to look in to this because it seems like nothing else changes my weight. I swear, I could eat cheeseburgers on a daily basis and I'd lose weight but if I eat super healthy, I gain it! I don't understand my body at all.

I looked at the chart and I do eat a lot of acidic foods (coffee, beer, cheese, nuts, and beef being the main culprits) but I also eat apples and oranges every day and any greens I can get my hands on. Of course, the best thing to eat is leafy greens but I never seem to have those since they go bad in like 2 days. I am just not up to grocery shopping every two days on top of school and work. But if that's what it takes...

I am going to try and make green juice every day. I love the stuff but like I said, I just never have groceries! I can't wait to be out of college and on a steady work schedule with a paycheck. My stress is through the roof right now! Something has to change..I have to get on a schedule or something and find some sanity in this new life style. Being laid off has been a huge challenge. The plan was for me to go to school full time and the fiance would support me but we just couldn't afford it so now I work on my no-school days. I don't know how moms do this..mine did. Super heroes!

On top of all that, my hip is really bothering me again. I don't know what to do, I am not sure if I should just work through it or rest. Rest didn't seem to help in the past. Plus, it is hard to rest it when your school doesn't have stairs! (ok..and I refuse to take the elevator at the parking garage..haha). I went to a few doctors when I had health insurance but none of them took me seriously. I guess they thought I wanted pain pills (which I would have refused if they were offered because that wont fix the problem permanently). Now I don't have the option to keep harassing the doctors.

Sorry for the whiny post. I had to get it out! Now that I complained, I will try and find a solution. Then do homework *sigh*.

  
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/12/2013 12:13AM

    How much water are you drinking? Believe it or not, not drinking enough can cause water weight gain as your body thinks it needs to store all it can get. Drinking glasses a day will keep your body flushing itself out and reducing the water weight gain. Also, do you take your measurements? The 2 lb weight gain might be muscle. Remember, muscle & fat weigh the same, but muscle takes up less space. Are any of your clothes fitting better? Check it out and see if it is any better!

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CAROL_31649731 6/9/2013 11:00PM

    It's great that you came here to vent--to relieve stress & gain support from friends. I have to wonder if sleeping too little might be an issue--you're a college student?? Get proper rest, eat the best your can, & that scale will eventually move. Try to be patient & stay strong. emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/9/2013 6:18PM

    Stress can definitely impact our weights. Take care of you - and don't push too hard. Relaxation is key!

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I am back! Updates

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Hey strangers! A lot has changed since I was here last (except my weight. sigh).

I am STUCK at this weight but I am still working out at least. Booze is still the problem, I am re-reading that awesome book that helped me quit last time. I lost my job (our company got bought) and I started school full time :). I am studying business and I really enjoy it!

I have ran a regular 5K, the Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K, and the Run For Your Lives 5K (the zombie one!) since I was on here last. We didn't run the whole things (you couldnt in the last two! It would be too dangerous on most parts) but we had a blast! The zombie run was really hard because there were so many steep hills and you had to sprint at the top. Easily the hardest workout of my life and I learned a lot about myself and what I can handle that day. We were so proud, it was really rewarding! The Mudrun was much easier and SO MUCH FUN!!! If you have a chance, DO THIS RUN! Most women didnt run one step so dont worry if you arent a runner!

So even though I weigh the same, I do not look the same. I had muscle now. I have never had a defined calf muscle and I put on a skirt the other day and I said "Holy crap!!! Yay!!!" haha! My posture is getting better and things don't jiggle like they use to. So while I am sad about the fat, I have never felt this healthy before.

Now I am doing body weight training. I read a book called Convict Conditioning and I am following that program in addition to running. I highly recommend it, I learned a lot. Weight training with regular weights is dangerous and unnecessary. My goal isn't to be all muscley, my goal is to be strong and have complete control over every part of my body.

I think the next thing I need to do (and have been struggling with since April) is to get myself on a schedule. Wake up at this time, eat at this time, work out at this time, ect. I seem to have my self on a good sleep schedule at least, I never need the alarm. I use to work out with my friend and her work schedule changes all the time so I think I will just start running alone and then if she can run, I will have an additional work out that day. I do not get much of a work out with her anymore. She has convinced herself (out of no where) that she can't run. We always walk now, I can't remember the last time we ran. I like walking with her but to be honest, I would rather run alone because 1. no complaining-no negative atmosphere 2. I have time to clear my head and 3. I can listen to music which helps to keep me going. So I think I will run before or after class alone now.

I HAVE to lose weight by August because it is time to wedding dress shop. I swear I am self sabotaging or something, I don't know why I can't control the booze and food. Last time was a wake up call. I had like 8 or 9 beers, Mexican for lunch and cheetos for dinner. This isn't typical but WHY DID I DO THAT?! I was doing so well with the booze. We got boxed wine (classy!) and I had 5oz bottle that I measured out and I could only have 1 or 2 a day. That was working really well until I ran out. I really just need to not drink but I know if I tell myself I can't, then I will binge (last night for an example). I guess this is where my focus needs to go now that the working out is under control and a habit now.

Long blog! I don't think anyone reads these anymore but it feels good to get this all out of my head :). Plus, I think I do a little better when I am active on SparkPeople because once I get involved in a community, we motivate each other and I don't want to disappoint my people!

  
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/12/2013 12:09AM

    Great job on getting back on track, in school, and all the rest! You can do it! :)

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CAROL_31649731 6/5/2013 4:49PM

    I'll enjoy reading your blogs, too . . . nicely done! I'm a big fan of ST as well. Gonna check out that book you recommended! Would love to have you as an AF friend . . . emoticon Carol

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CAPECODBABE 6/5/2013 3:50PM

    We read them!!! Welcome back and congrats on school.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/5/2013 9:48AM

    Of course I read them!! emoticon back and emoticon on the muscle definition!! I strongly believe that it's not all about weight loss but tightening/shaping/toning too! I will check out that program you refer to - as ST for me is a KEY focus right now.

Wedding dress shopping soon eh?! How exciting!! Looking forward to having you back here more often!! I missed you!! And you're right - being here, being accountable is what helps us to succeed! And of course the wonderful support from the friends/community!!

Have a great day!!

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Better Mood! And Motivated!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tomorrow is weigh in day and I have not lost a pound this whole month. I have been working out like crazy though so I am hoping to have lost at least one inch. I drank a lot more than I should have this month. Still, a lot less that before my AF free month. When this problem started, I was drinking an entire (LARGE) bottle of whiskey at least once a week (and that isn't counting the beer). The worst was in 2008. This month was a "bad month" and I only got drunk twice..big improvement! Still, I had 2 or 3 beers a few nights and that is a lot of calories. I hope this trend continues where I drink less and less. Before the AF month, I was having about 5 beers every night and this month, I didn't drink every day at least. And when I did it wasn't 5! I just need to focus and remember what I learned in my AF month. I need to reread that book.

I think the real problem this month is the bad food I ate. I worked out hard so I felt hungrier than usual and made poor food choices in response. We went to the store last night though and I am ready to do better! I have also been slacking on the water (which is why I am so hungry I am sure). I can feel the crappy food. I have been lethargic and grouchy. My body misses its vitamins. I wish healthy food didn't go bad so quickly, it is hard to keep it stocked up in the house!

One of the things I have been working on is my flexibility. I am naturally very flexible and I think I am only working on this because I need to see results SOMEWHERE. My New Years resolution was to be able to do a split this year. I think I will be able to do it! I have been working hard on it and have made fast progress :). My hip flexors are super tight though :(. We are still running too but my running buddy is having some major life problems so we have not been moving up on C25K so we are still on Week 7. After about 5 minutes, she wants to walk the rest. Our first 5k is at the end of March and we won't be ready by then. Luckily, it is for runners and walkers so it isn't that big of a deal but I really wanted to run the whole thing.

Alright, time to be productive. Everyone have an awesome day!

  
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GREEN-EYED-LADY 2/28/2013 12:07PM

    I struggle with alcohol, also. Sounds like you are doing much better than in the past. Keep it up. Together, we can DO THIS ! emoticon

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Why Can't I Shake This Bad Mood?!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I don't know why I am so irritable and grumpy this week! It is driving me nuts! I am feeling frustrated with working out. I don't feel like I am getting enough but when I do extra, I have awful hip pain. I went to the doctor for this when I had health insurance and he was useless. I'd really like to start the 30 Day shred again..but last time my hips got really messed up. I am only 26..why is this an issue?! And I love my running buddy but she is holding me back big time. So while we run 4 times a week, I don't feel like I am getting a work out. But if I run on my own on the other days of the week, there goes my hips. I wish I had insurance again so I could go to a sports therepist :(. Seems like "working through the pain" might be a bad idea in this case..plus I have tried it and it just got worse.

My fiance and I are suppose to go to a fancy pants dinner tonight but I think I am going to cancel it. I want to enjoy it when we go. Maybe I just need a vacation. Staring at a computer all day and being yelled at by customers and my boss all the time might be grinding on me. Plus this weather..I hate it so much.

The worst part is, these things are such dumb things to be upset about! My life is awesome and here I am whining. So many people have really awful things to struggle with and here I am complaining about nothing. I don't usually do this. My hormones must be whacky (no I am not pregnant).

Ok rant over, I am going to go eat a peice of Valentines chocolate haha.

  
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CAPECODBABE 2/19/2013 4:21PM

    Been there, done that.

We have our ups and downs and many (some unexplained) moods.

Just feel lucky you have a job (I'm looking)
And a man (I'm looking)

LOL

Hopefully tomorrow will be better

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