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Breaking the Slump

Saturday, July 28, 2012

If you've been reading my blogs and status updates at all, you know I've been struggling to get my motivation back and to eat better every day. I'm doing pretty well! Not 100% perfect, but well enough, apparently, to drop 5 pounds. WOOHOO!

As we all know, the #1 important thing is eating right, sticking within the SP-recommended calorie range, and choosing good foods. To keep myself from binging, I allow myself some treats now and then, but I'm making a more conscious effort to eat healthful foods. I grab a piece of fruit or a hard-boiled egg for a snack instead of something sugary. It's important for me to make those treats a rare thing. They were becoming too frequent and getting in the way of my weight loss goal.

The other key is exercise. For some reason, I felt lethargic in the last month and just could not keep up with my running goals. So I didn't. Now -- no more excuses. I made a very do-able running plan and just need to stick with it. 3 days a week. I'm up to about 8 miles a week now and am aiming to add up to 10% every week. Yesterday I ran 3.7 miles outside (I mostly run on the treadmill) -- on hills even. I'm very excited about running again -- just to see that I can handle this! I can run outside, I can run hills! I never thought I'd get better at that, and now I'm doing it.

So there's my update. I'm working every day to do my best. Not perfect. Just my best for today.

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TMCK-40 7/28/2012 12:17PM

  Excellent plan. And doing your best is perfect for you today. That is what matters.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/28/2012 10:59AM

    Good for you! It sounds like you have a good plan.

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Day 3......... Oops

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day 3 of Renewed Motivation went really well until about 4:00. Yeah, I overdid it just a tad. Really, just a tad this time. I was over by about 150 calories. I'm kicking myself (gently) but glad I didn't throw the whole bucket of motivation right out the window and have one of those 2000+ calorie days.

Back to reality today! I'm going for a good, long bike ride before the day heats up.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/26/2012 12:03PM

    Good job!

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GUCCI9300 7/26/2012 9:10AM

    Good for you!! Every morning is a chance to get it right - Today is a new day emoticon

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Instant Results -- NOW!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

After, oh, say, a month of eating like crap and on-again off-again exercise, I've had TWO WHOLE DAYS of eating healthfully. TWO WHOLE DAYS. Did I mention that? For TWO WHOLE DAYS I stayed under my calorie limit, logged every morsel, had ZERO beer, ZERO pop, and only one small brownie (99 calories, .75 ounce, thank you very much).

I have to say I think I look less bloated. That's a great psychological boost. I need those.

Those pesky numbers on the scale, on the other hand, haven't budged. Did I mention that I want "Instant Results -- NOW"???? Well, I do.

I will keep on this path. And I'll take that less bloated belly. Soon the scale will cooperate.

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 7/25/2012 1:35PM

    I love how 1 day turns to 10 turns to 30 and before you know it, healthy is a lifestyle!! You can do it!

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BALLOUZOO 7/25/2012 12:07PM

    It will happen! Find healthy foods and exercise you like and you can do this!


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MELLYBEANS0919 7/25/2012 11:51AM

    Awesome job. I am really going to try hard this week to eat cleaner/healthier too.

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RADFEN 7/25/2012 11:48AM

    emoticon It's going to happen!

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JUDYAMK 7/25/2012 9:48AM

    Today I I posted on my blog what I started to do, & I do not have that sluggish bloated feeling!!!! I want to continue doing what I just started.

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That's IT!

Monday, July 23, 2012

I am officially fed up and pissed off at myself. WHAT AM I DOING????? Oh, just eating everything in sight. I don't even know why. Well, basically because I love food and have royally slacked off on tracking. Most days I still track, but my dear tracker shows me 500+ over in calories. I know what this means. I know how well tracking worked for me in the past. I'm just having a helluva time staying under my limit.

I gained a few pounds. And then I gained a few more. And then I gained still more. I got mad at myself. I got serious about eating better again for a few days. And then I didn't. I got back into running and stepped on the scale, thinking, "Now the weight will come back off." But it didn't. Funny how exercise doesn't magically melt away pounds when you're still EATING LIKE A PIG.


Massively irritated with self.

So here goes again. I know how to do this. I'm expert at doing this. It's not rocket science. Stay under my calorie limit and exercise. The weight will drop.

I know I can do this.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DHARMAPHILE 7/24/2012 9:14AM

    I hear you! I've been losing and gaining the same few pounds for months because of something similar. But I know for sure that we can do this. What's going on here ... why are you eating too many calories? Are you hungry? Bored? In need of some comfort? Those are the questions I'm asking myself and one thing I need to address is getting more organised and get back into batch cooking meals so there is always something nutritious and filling to eat when I'm just too tired to start from scratch.

Best of luck Jodrox, don't be hard on yourself ... but never ever ever give up!
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OFF938 7/23/2012 9:55PM

    I agree. You CAN do it! I know it!!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/23/2012 12:22PM

    You CAN do it! It is amazing how diet is such a big factor.

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A Tale of Running and Sickness

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's been so long since I blogged! What's been going on with me, you ask? Let me tell you!

I ran another 5k and shaved about 2.5 minutes off my time, setting a new PR. I was so dedicated leading up to that race. I was eating great, running faithfully, losing weight, setting bigger goals beyond the race... and then...

I got soooooooooooooooo sick last week. I woke up two days after the race, and my head was spinning in a violently lurching sort of way. I had to just lie in bed for the first 36 hours. Any attempt to sit up or get up made me so sick to my stomach. My husband took me to the doctor the 2nd day. The doctor thought it was probably not vertigo but a virus. They pumped me full of fluids and anti-nausea medication. The next day I was still fairly dizzy and lazy, but I at least didn't sleep all day and could handle walking around the house and eating a bit. Now, a week later, I'd say I'm 90% better. Still dizzy.

It's frustrating because I felt like I was in a great routine with the running and eating and was finally going to lose these last 15 pounds. What if this dizziness doesn't go away for a while? How can I push myself physically when I'm so wobbly on my feet? Maybe I just need to be more patient.

I did attempt running just a little yesterday. I ran around the block twice -- about 11 minutes at a very slow pace. I was happy that I could handle it without gasping for breath or toppling over.

I don't know at what point I should go back to the doctor for this dizziness. My guess it is caused by fluid in my ears. I hate going to the doctor when they act like you're being a hypochondriac and then charge you $200 for nothing. So I'm waiting it out. I'll keep popping my allergy pills and see if that does anything about my ears and dizziness. And I'm making sure I'm hydrated. It's like trying to solve a mystery.

I just want to run again!!! I feel like that has been the key to my losing weight. I won't quit running -- dizzy or not!

The 5k race was really great! I started out with my sister and some friends. Most of them disappeared ahead of me in the first 10 seconds. I didn't have that stubborn determination that I had in my first race to run without walking. My goal, if I felt like I needed to walk, was to walk at the 1-mile mark and the 2-mile mark. And that's what I did. Allergies were really getting to me, so I had to blow my nose. I was pushing myself about as hard as I could without totally sucking air. I ended up walking one more time after the 2-mile mark too and then ran faster to the end. 33 minutes! I was so excited to see my training pay off!

Now... it's all up in the air... maybe I'll try another short, easy neighborhood run tomorrow. Soon, though, I feel like I need to get back to some serious training. I don't want to be back to square 1!

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DHARMAPHILE 5/16/2012 3:52PM

    Oh you poor thing, that's rotten! I hope it turns out to be a virus or something that will pass. You did great on your 5k by the way, and I love your determination.

I feel your pain, after my race on Sunday I was so looking forward to my next run but I got sick that night and haven't exercised since. Am still weak and wobbly but hope that tomorrow I will walk to the shops and test my legs.

Take care and hope you're back to full strength soon. emoticon

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RADFEN 5/16/2012 12:29PM

    Great job on the 5K! I'm looking forward to my first one soon.

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