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2/26: blogging on the go

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Calories: 1475 so far out of 1875 for the day
Exercise: 20 minutes strength training done, 25 minutes Taebo scheduled for this evening
24 hour challenge: not going over my calories due to stress eating
24 hour success: same as my gratitude below
Today's body gratitude: endurance - last night I did 3 10-minute miles on the elliptical - something that would have been extremely challenging if not impossible in the past

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AZMOM1 2/26/2014 7:58PM

    Way to go on the elliptical! emoticon

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2/25: anxiety

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today I am feeling really bloated and heavy, probably because I am stressed and tired. I'm also a bit anxious because my new scale is arriving today, and I'm wondering if I am going to be surprised by my weight on it because I don't know how long my old scale has been inaccurate. I am going to wait to weigh in tomorrow morning so it is consistent with my normal weigh-in time, but waiting is going to be hard! I know I shouldn't tie my self-esteem to whatever the number on the scale is, but I have to admit that I'll be disappointed if it is higher than I've been thinking.

Calories: 1075 so far out of 1850-ish for the day (depending on how long I work out at the gym)
Workout: 10 minutes HIIT completed, 30-45 minutes of cardio at the gym scheduled for this evening
24 hour challenge: another crazy day at work, and my anxiety
24 hour success: getting in extra activity yesterday which helped me burn a few more calories than normal for the day
Today's body gratitude: being able to keep moving even when I'm tired and I haven't done the body self-care that I should

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JEP923 2/25/2014 5:43PM

    Thanks guys! I forgot to mention that it's still TOM right now too - great for inspiring a skewed perception of self! I'm working on changing my mindset around today.

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AZMOM1 2/25/2014 3:10PM

    Hang in there & stay positive! emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 2/25/2014 2:40PM

    Just keep your chin up and keep on thinking happy thoughts.

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2/24: Monday!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Calories: 925 so far of 1850-ish for the day (depends on length of gym workout)
Workout: 20 minutes of strength training done, 30-45 minutes of cardio at the gym scheduled for this evening
24 hour challenge: crazy stressful Monday
24 hour success: I have two! 1) Last night I was still feeling hungry after dinner, so I had a second helping of veggies. 2) Did some extra moves in my stregnth training this morning to make sure I did some toning on my abs.
Today's body gratitude: Mobility. Before I started getting physically active, the arthritis in my knees used to be extremely painful to the point that squatting was impossible without feeling like I was going to tear something in my joints. The combination of strengthening my muscles, getting more active, and losing weight has allowed for me to move a lot more easily and do activities that were difficult before. Right before writing this, I squatted down to talk to a co-worker who was sitting and did so without any difficulty.

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AZMOM1 2/24/2014 12:36PM

    Great to celebrate those small things too! emoticon

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2/23: broken scale (no, really)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Normally I check my weight on the weekend, but it looks like my scale is totally on the fritz (lots of readings as different from each other as 10 pounds, all on the same day, happening as rapidly as the time it takes to step off and back on again). It's on the older side, so I suppose it's just hit its stride. I ordered a new one which should be arriving Tuesday. Since I couldn't monitor progress that way, I decided to take a look at some measurements I haven't checked on in awhile, namely my thighs. I seem to lose the slowest there (half an inch every couple of months or so), so measuring every 2-4 weeks like I do with my waist and hips has never seemed to have much purpose. Anyway, it was well worth it to check - they're an inch smaller now than they were 6 months ago. Since my weight has fluctuated very little during this time, it tells me that I'm continuing to burn fat while building muscle, and for me, knowing I am continuing to improve my fitness is a better way to gauge success at this point compared to the number on the scale.

Calories: 975 so far of 1825 for the day
Workout: 45 minutes of cardio dancing done, 25 minutes of yoga scheduled this evening
24 hour challenge: not physical health related, but mental - meeting up with someone and having a discussion that might bring up some emotions for me
24 hour success: modifying my evening meal plans yesterday to keep my calories in range
Today's body gratitude: Having energy! I got lots of sleep last night and this morning was able to snap into my morning workout, house cleaning, etc. I love the rewards that come from taking care of myself!

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JEP923 2/23/2014 4:34PM

    Thanks everybody!

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AZMOM1 2/23/2014 3:23PM

Keep up the great work!

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2/22: gratefulness

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I decided part of my daily blogging needs to include me identifying something I like or am grateful for regarding my body. I have realized my biggest difficulty in maintenance and adjusting to my new size is the negative self-talk I continue to do. In order to help myself change this habit, I need to practice thinking positive, and not just about how I look.

Calories: 1100 so far of 1625 for the day
Workout: already done - 35 minutes of yoga
24 hour challenge: staying within calories while having a lazy day at home
Today's body gratitude: upper body strength that has come from doing strength training - I carried a load back from the grocery store today that I know I wouldn't have been able to carry in the past, or at least not without great difficulty

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AZMOM1 2/22/2014 7:28PM

    Love the positive self talk emoticon

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UMBILICAL 2/22/2014 5:20PM

  Yes, yes, yes!

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