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Whole30 Day 2

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

ok itís time to get serious and really crack down. Iíve started the Whole30 program, today is day 2 but yesterday I had a major slip up. NOTE TO SELF: DO NOT ALLOW ICE CREAM TO REMAIN IN THE HOUSE! Anyway, I am just so sick of sabotaging myself and going on these ridiculous binges. I made it two weeks on the program before, but then life got interrupted when Charles came to visit. I only have 6 more weeks left here before I move to Utah, and so thatís 6 more weeks of controlling what I feed myself so I better make it healthy. I have a wedding to look smokiní for in December. Iíve lost close to 40 lbs since this time last year, and I really would be content to just lose another 15 which would put me at one of my goal weights and I think itís doable. I need accountability, so I hope to make more posts here. If anyone else is doing the Whole30 program, I would love a buddy!

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JILLYBEAN25 9/2/2014 8:02PM

    Hey, you're the 2nd friend here on Spark that's doing this (today was their day 2 as well!) I hope things go well for you on this plan!

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Keep on keepin' on

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Well folks, it's been quite some time since I have last made an entry. I think part of it has to do with me feeling guilty about being kind of stuck where I am. I have to admit that I haven't been giving it my all. I get the winter blues and it just exhausts me. Oh and the cravings are ravenous and real. From September to November I never craved anything unhealthy, and I certainly never binged. I think with the passing holidays it is hard to get back on track. I'm very much a supporter of everything in moderation, but I haven't been so good at moderating.

On the bright side, spring will be here sooner than I know it! I have recommitted myself to eating healthier and exercising regularly, and I plan to start my C25k program over again on March 31st when the weather will be better. I can't wait to get out everyday and see the small but definite signs of spring as I blossom and transform as well. It's a beautiful thing!

Oh yeah, I have also decided to take a break from the scale. I get so discouraged if a week goes by and I haven't achieved what I had hoped to see. So I am going to check in on things every 4 weeks instead, so I stay motivated and know I will have made a difference - or so I hope. My last weigh in was last Wednesday, so I won't step back on until March 19th.

My hair is getting out of hand, because it desperately needs a cut, but I kind of want to make getting my hair cut a reward for myself when I get to 175lbs. I think it will help me work harder towards my goal, because I am getting sick and tired of shedding my hair all over the place, especially in the shower! Ick!

NEWS ALERT! I'm engaged! I'm getting married December 13th of THIS YEAR! I'm so excited and happy. This is also a great motivation to staying healthy and in shape and working towards my goal weight. I want to start my new life journey off properly, and I definitely have to be taking care of myself to do that.

Well friends, I am off to bed now. I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow. Keep it real! Thanks for reading :D

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EERTOLA 2/26/2014 4:32PM

    Congrats on your engagement! I have definitely found being engaged and the thought of the dress, wedding pictures, and the rest of my LIFE has been a tremendous motivator! I also had a hard time through the holidays and bounced back and forth as I got back on track after New Years, but then Valentine's Day and all the chocolate rolled around! I'm finally committed again, especially since I realized I may only have 14 weeks left before starting dress fittings, and it feels GREAT! Check in with the Brides To Be team as often as you can, there is a great bunch of supportive girls active in that community, and sharing all the wedding fun and stress is helpful, too! emoticon

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BABYSOX 2/26/2014 6:16AM

    Congratulations on your engagement. This winter has been so challenging, but I agree that spring is just around the corner.

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JILLYBEAN25 2/26/2014 1:48AM

    emoticon on the engagement! I think winter gets the best of everyone (except me because I'm in a desert and don't experience winter at all, lame). But, you know where to find the tools to get back on track! And you know I'm still here cheering you on!

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So I think it is time

Sunday, October 13, 2013

to stop being so obsessed with what the scale says everyday and take a break from it. I need to just weigh myself once a week on Wednesday to check in, because the numbers I'm seeing are driving me insane and making me frustrated. Last Sunday it said I was 198.8, then during the week I went all of the way up to 200 on Thursday again after working really hard and eating right, then back down to 199 on Saturday and I don't even know what I weigh today because at first I saw 198.8 but then I stepped on again and saw 199.2 several times. Like WHAT THE HECK?! The scale has me worried that it's broken and just unreliable because it is hard to see the same number twice or that I am plateauing already somehow. Maybe I am just holding onto a lot of water? I was kind of sore this week from running and the 30 DS but I don't know, it's just made me worried that I am going to be stuck here forever! Sigh, let's hope for more success this week ahead! I need to train hard, my 5k is on Saturday! I'm excited! Oh yeah, Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadian friends! I hope I don't eat too much today, but maybe that is what my body needs...

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BABYSOX 10/20/2013 5:59AM

    I think your weekly weigh in might be just what you need and to focus on some other healthy goals too. Good luck!

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/13/2013 3:52PM

    The scale is only one way to measure success and it isn't always the best.

Remember, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. Look for the non scale victories instead. Are you sleeping better ? Do your clothes fit better ? Can you walk or run a mile faster today than you could a month ago ? Can you do more push ups today ? Can you carry more bags of groceries without getting tired ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? How's your blood pressure ? Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped over the last month, your doctor would be thrilled even if you didn't gain weight. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge sign of success !!

Also, if you did change your exercise routine, you may well be retaining water. I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight.

Don't let the scale rule your emotions !

Ditch the scale for a while, you'll feel better.

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JILLYBEAN25 10/13/2013 3:44PM

    The scale is always nothing more than a basic, bare-bones guide. Things effect weight all the time- weighing at the same time every day under the same conditions every day (have you eaten? Drank fluid? *ahem* evacuated fluid/waste?) hormonal fluctuations, weight of clothing, sweat/water from showers, etc. Don't let that number be the end-all, only measurement of progress. Focus on your clothes fitting and loosening. Focus on your energy level doing normal activities. Focus on your ability to do more reps, lift heavier weights, run faster or longer, and let those be what tells you you're making progress.

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How did I ever fit into these??

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Today I was glad to see the scale move from 207.4 to 206.6 and I also took my measurements again. I lost another inch in my waist and hips! Anyways, I got to thinking that I was about this size last year when I fit just barely back into my size 12 American Eagle jeans, so I tried them on. Yep, they fit about the same as they did last year when I was roughly this weight. Then I wanted to try on the shorts that I hadn't fit into on Aug. 24th. They fit too! WOOT SUCCESS! Not that I can wear them anymore, because the weather has gotten awfully cooler and I work too much to have time to wear casual clothing during the week haha. Anyway, then I was interested in trying on a pair of size 10 skinny jeans from Old Navy that I used to wear in 2008 or so. I tried them on and they really couldn't cover my butt at all and I was several inches away from buttoning them up. So that's another goal after my size 12 AE jeans fit perfectly. I can't wait to conquer a new goal. That is truly the most rewarding part, being proud of myself for my accomplishments, on and off of the scale.

Anyways, here is how the size 10 jeans fit on me now

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MONTIKARLA 9/20/2013 2:46PM


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STRONGER4ME 9/18/2013 7:08AM

    You are doing great keep up the great job!!!!!! emoticon

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HEATHER1969 9/17/2013 11:12PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABYSOX 9/15/2013 9:05AM

    I would call them motivational jeans.

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DRPOOH63 9/14/2013 11:09PM

    emoticon It will happen soon!

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LALA112 9/14/2013 10:34PM

    Keep pushing!!! emoticon

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RUDITUDI2000 9/14/2013 5:24PM

    Love your great attitude! So much better to focus on the victories, whether they be non scale or scale! I get the most satisfaction out of the non scale victories. You will be rockin those 10's soon! emoticon

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How should I prepare for a 5k

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Yesterday I treated myself to some new workout clothes from Plato's Closet. I love that place! I got a pair of Under Amour shorts, a sports bra, and a pair of capris for the Color Me Rad 5k in October since I don't want my thighs to chaff/for warmth.

So I'm just wondering, how did you guys prepare for a 5k if running isn't your favourite form of exercise? I have the couch to 5k app and liked using it, but I don't know if I have enough time until Oct. 19th to progress that slowly. Maybe I can, I need to look into it again. I'm very nervous none the less because I have been having issues with my calves and them cramping and tightening up, and I would hate to be stuck in a 5k in agony like I feel just from doing the EA Active workout. Any suggestions on how to relieve such an issue?

Also, I saw 208.4 on the scale this morning! O.4 lbs until I have reached my very first goal. I love the changes I am seeing and feeling, and I can't wait for even more success. The key to success is being positive with any little bit of success you achieve and pressing for more and more. Eventually all of the small victories add up and make one grand achievement. Be proud of yourself, look for the positives and don't let shortcomings define your capability.

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CLPURNELL 9/11/2013 6:05PM

    Follow one of the couch to 5 k programs they work pretty well.

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GABSTER26 9/10/2013 5:28AM

    I don't run yet - but I do walk although not enough. but my best advice is to walk at least 1 k per time three times a week and then work up to the 5 k...

I did a 5 k charity walk this past weekend and I did not prep for it...dumby me - and I sure felt it. I did finish but .....it was tough.

take it literally one step and one day at a time - or you will hurt so much you won't go back

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JILLYBEAN25 9/9/2013 2:45AM

    I wish I had some words of advice for this. I always walk 5ks (running triggers migraines for me, unfortunately) and there's no shame in doing so if it comes down to it. I say start one of the couch to 5ks that are available to you and just start doing it. Even just 6 weeks into a 9 or 12 week program is better than not attempting to train at all, right? Then you can know how to improve for the next 5k! Good luck!

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BETHIEMAE75 9/8/2013 12:56PM

    Following one of the programs is a great way to prepare for running in 5 K's, I used the running Nike app on my I pod, but all of them are about the same. 9 - 8 weeks usually (maybe 12). I was so out of shape that it took me three times on week one before progressing to week # 2! Every day you move is progress and you should be proud of yourself for that. I just ran my 3rd 5 K yesterday...my time is getting better, but I'm still not where I eventually want to be...I will get there with persistence. I've always been a walker....never a runner...I can now call myself a RuNNER! I love it! My plan is to run at least one 5 K a month for a year...first was August 3!

YOU can do this...who says you can't run and walk in your first 5 K (or even your second) you will get there and you will have milestones each time....find them, see them, celebrate them! Enjoy your journey!

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