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Easy Isn't An Option

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Who wants to say that their biggest achievement was easy to obtain? NOT ME!
I want to look back in amazement of the feat I conquered!

Today may not be that day (Let's hope not since I'm not at my goal weight) but I know that it will come and I will be able to say "It kicked my butt at times, but I kept at it!"

One day at a time.
One pound at a time.
One workout at a time.

I'm learning to look at food as a fuel and not comfort, and that my fellow Sparks, is a HUGE lesson to learn. Food may cover the pain momentarily, but it will creep back up once the regret of your binge steps in. Deal with your issues HEAD-ON, do not be afraid because it is better to face them now then trying to after gaining 20 pounds "out of nowhere".

Let's use the tools we are blessed to have available and encourage each other. Most of the time we eat because we are lonely or depressed... no need to be when you have thousands of Sparkers to lift your spirits, right?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JULINA4 2/24/2013 2:55PM

    This is a wonderful post - all so true! Makes me excited to think of the day I can say "Look at all I did! " and know I'm a new person. Have a great day!

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WEARINGTHIN 2/23/2013 3:48AM

    Things will get easier. Glenn

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30-day Challenge: Day 19

Friday, February 22, 2013


19 days DOWN! 11 more to CRUSH!

Somehow I have managed to last this long. Yes, I may have the occasional indulgence of soy milk or all-natural ice cream but if these are my new indulgences, then I think this change has already been successful! My desire to eat processed foods has decreased drastically, and only becomes an issue when I am running behind schedule and want something quick. My major goal to address this issue is to PLAN AHEAD! I have almonds pre-packed in sandwich baggies, but I need to do the same with all my fruits and veggies.

Deciding whether to continue with this plan is going to depend heavily on my budget allowances, because I have gone to Publix once a week versus my usual once a month. I tried to add up how much I have spent, but I threw away most of my receipts in a cleaning frenzy so these are based on my credit card statement:

Feb 1 219.67
Feb 4 32.45
Feb 11 22.50
Feb 17 26.31
Feb 19 64.07

Pre-Paleo my grocery budget was roughly $200 so I have almost doubled that without increasing my revenue.


CF is going well! I walk into the gym thinking there is no way I’ll complete the workout (WOD) but that I’ll try… by the second round I’m ready to collapse but one of the trainers is always there to say “PUSH THROUGH IT!” or “FINISH STRONG” and I’m able to squeeze the last bit of energy from my screaming muscles.

I skipped today (Wednesday) unintentionally because I forgot about an evening appointment. Anyways, my friend suggested I do today’s WOD “GI Jane” on Saturday since it’s open gym. I’m not going to kick myself too hard today because I did have a hectic schedule and on Saturday morning, I’ll remember never to miss a weekday again!

Oh! I finally saw a budge on the scale! It may only have been -0.4 but I was ecstatic! A small voice in my head is reminding me that it’ll probably be back tomorrow but I still have hope that whether it takes a month or three months to reach my goal weight… it will happen following this regime. Scientifically, it has to work!

How are you progressing this week?
What is going to keep you going strong through the weekend?

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/23/2013 4:01AM

    Keep up the great work. I've heard great things about Paleo but I never knew it would be so expensive!

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Day 14 Downslide

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The last few days have been really rough. I do not know what is going on with me anymore. I've been sleeping for ten or more hours each night and refusing to wake up even when I have something planned. My desire to go outside is gone, c.o.m.p.l.e.t.e.l.y.

Hanging out with others is draining because I have to pretend that I'm interested--pretend I care. Truth is that I don't. I don't care anymore.

The only good thing is that I keep working out. I do feel better after a long workout and I do look forward to them, but I still do not see any improvements.

My weight is still 133.2 lbs and I do not feel lighter. My waist has decreased by 0.6, which should make me happy but it does not. Blah, I need motivation but right now I think I need to get back to studying.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JULIANEASHLEY11 2/19/2013 8:17PM

    Thanks! I do suffer from depression and was adjusting to a new medication... Hopefully the regular workouts will help increase my mood, though!

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BAPKTM 2/19/2013 9:06AM

    Good Morning,
You should check with your doctor. Do you see a regular MD or a naturalpath? I would suggest a naturalpath to see if you are having trouble having nutrients enter your body. There are a couple of deficiencies you could have (possibly B and D) Maybe you might need to take some supplements to get things back on track.

The other thing is that you could have a low level of an illness that is going around. I hope you feel better soon.

Take care.

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SIMONEKP 2/17/2013 9:56AM

    You should check in with your doctor, you might just have a bad case of the blues but if it persists it may be more serious.

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30 Day Challenge: Day 11

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Eleven down, nineteen more to go!

My stomach looks flatter and I feel my body toning up but still no big change on the scale. I am not weighing or measuring myself until Friday because doing it every day was starting to depress me.

The last foundations session was today and I was quite proud of myself! I am going to track my progress daily (recommended by my CF trainers) and not compare myself with others when deciding whether to increase weight. Tomorrow will be the first real WOD I can do, and I’m told it’s going to be tough but I know I can scale every WOD back until I work my way up.

I’ve only been doing crossfit for, what, seven sessions or two weeks and already can see definition in my quads and tighter glutes! Okay, some of this may be in my head but my quads have definitely toned up a lot in the last two weeks.

I am starting to get the hang of this caveman lifestyle! My big issue is getting enough calories in my body each day since I don’t feel hungry as much, and when I do the food isn’t always calorie dense. The cost of eating paleo-friendly is also starting to worry me since I am on such a tight budget, but I plan on adding up this month’s bills and sharing that tomorrow. Maybe there’s a way to reduce my costs a little more… there is a local, tiny produce seller by McDonald’s that I keep meaning to check out.

Goals for the rest of this week:

My energy is picking up but my stomach has been acting funny and I’ve had a headache every two days. A possible explanation would be my secret trip to Starbucks yesterday and Sunday… but that couldn’t be it. (interesting, though, isn’t it?)

HOPEFULLY, these spells of crappiness will stay fresh in my mind the next time I feel the urge to drive to Starbucks or eat that Reese’s cup hidden in the back of my freezer.

Do you have a secret treat you allow yourself? How do you feel after having it?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JULIANEASHLEY11 2/19/2013 8:20PM

    Thanks, Hun! It's rough with my budget right now but I'm working on increasing my revenue to account for it. I started cutting down my alcohol over the summer and it still is a struggle because, well, lawyers drink!

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PIPPIDY 2/13/2013 8:05AM

    Wine is definitely one of my secret treats. When I indulge with more than one glass, of course, it makes me feel tired, depressed, guilty, & sometimes hungover enough to skip my workout the next day, which is why I’m cutting back. Great job on the CF & Paleo eating! It certainly is unfortunate that produce is so pricey, but less expensive than a Dr. bill from years of eating poorly! You GO, girl!

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30-day Challenge: Day Eight

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Honestly, I have not hit my stride yet and I’m struggling. I’m craving ice cream, chocolate, peanut butter, and pasta. Mmmm … mostly ice cream! Yesterday was AWFUL! I was invited to a wine tasting by a friend, and since I tend to skip out on any type of social interaction, I decided to go. I was able to control myself and only tried three wines (totally not worth the $10 admission, though) and I only ate a few grapes and strawberry instead of the mini quiches and barbecue chicken they had sitting out. Because of the crappy spread there, I was talked into going to a restaurant with the group. We went to a place called “BJ’s Brewhouse” and the test started…

I was able to control my cravings and order paleo-friendly chicken lettuce wraps… but then came dessert. Really I want to say that I controlled myself and passed up on dessert or had a fruit cup, but I cannot. I had a gluten-free chocolate chip pizookie (cookie baked like a pizza) and it had vanilla bean ice-cream on top! I feel you all judging me, I deserve it.

Nonetheless, like I’ve said before every day is a new opportunity and I was not going to let my stupid lack-of-willpower completely ruin this challenge. Let me tell you, though, I felt completely awful by the time I started to drive home and went straight to bed. I cannot believe that only one non-paleo meal made my stomach that upset, yet it helps solidify why I am doing this challenge.

I’m changing my life and strengthening my willpower. No more power-less Juliane. This challenge will change more than my waistline, hopefully!

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JULIANEASHLEY11 2/11/2013 7:32PM

    All the encouragement is really helping me push through :) Love all my fellow, Sparkers!

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PIPPIDY 2/11/2013 2:42PM

    Hey you! No judgments here! As long as you keep trying, that's all that counts. You're doing great! I have a couple of friends who lost A LOT of weight & lowered their blood pressure & cholesterol living mostly Paleo (mostly is the key work there. LOL) They still enjoy occasional emoticon emoticon treats & are still losing.

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ANRU7695 2/10/2013 5:16PM

    Hang in there! You can do it!

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ALLIEALLIE2 2/10/2013 2:21PM

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HPSANDDOLLAR 2/10/2013 12:32PM


Do did the best you could and will continue to do even better.

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