Friday, June 22, 2012
I was editing my information on my Spark Page just now, because it's been a LONG time since I've really updated anything on it! I just found myself typing this sentence:
"Over the past few years I've really discovered a love and desire for jogging and running... I am determined to become a healthy, competitive runner!"
Honestly? Five or six years ago, I would have NEVER imagined myself saying anything like that. I was always the slowest kid in gym class, and I would absolutely hate it when our teacher would make us run laps. Now? I love walking and jogging, and I actually WANT to work up to running! Isn't that crazy? It's funny how time changes things.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I feel like the worst Sparker ever. I haven't even written a single blog post in almost a year, and I've been on here so sporadically. Time to change that.
My life has completely changed since you last heard from me. A few highlights:
1) Not only did I stick with my vegetarianism that I started last summer, I actually DID go completely vegan... if you haven't noticed by now, with the handle change and all. I actually really love being a vegan and I can't imagine eating any other way. My problem, however, has continued to be portion control and high consumption of sodium. Becoming a vegan does not necessarily translate to weight loss, I've learned.
2) Last September, I moved out on my own for the first time and relocated to the Philadelphia area. It took a while to get adjusted, but I'm settled in now and I love living here.
3) I recently started my first full-time job at a nonprofit in Philadelphia. This new job actually inspired me to come back to SP, because I noticed I was moving around a lot more (I have to walk part of my commute) and my routine has become extremely strict -- which I actually really like. In the first month of my new job, I lost almost ten pounds in a month's time without even trying! It all boiled down to eating meals and snacks at set times of the day, not giving myself huge access to food for grazing or late-night snacking (I'm usually too tired at night for that), and being more physically active.
Mind you, when I started my job I was close to my peak weight again. My peak weight was 336 last year, and when I started this job I weighed 329.
4) I decided that in order to be healthy and happy with my body, I needed to get it in shape. For my diet, I've started using portion control; balancing out my intake of protein, fat, and carbs; and consuming calories within the limits that SP has recommended for a slow, steady weight loss. I want to keep off what I lose, so I'd rather lose weight slowly than all at once! I've also started walking and jogging regularly again -- oh, how I've missed doing that -- and my new, suburban neighborhood is a beautiful and perfect setting for it.
5) At this point, the only thing I have left standing between me and a master's degree is my thesis. Hooray!
Overall, I feel like I'm in a much better place physically and emotionally to come back to SP and work on building a healthy lifestyle for myself. I'm determined to rejoin the SP community as an active member and share my journey with you!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
A lot to do, and a lot to say! It's been a while since I've posted anything on my SparkPeople blog, and I have many things to update you all on.
So first off, HELLO EVERYONE!
Now that that's out of the way, I have a list of updates for you about my life and my health and everything in between.
- As I mentioned back in February, I was completely derailed this winter and spring due to ongoing struggles with depression, stress, and a family crisis -- my grandmother (who had Alzheimer's for years) broke her hip and died two months later. However, after getting a couple of pep-talks -- one from my sister and one from a good friend -- I'm back on track and more determined than ever. I've just had wake-up call after wake-up call about my health recently, and it's forced me to do something about it.
- I'm putting my YMCA membership to full use and going to the gym several times per week, and I attend Zumba classes weekly. I'm still terribly uncoordinated, but my instructor is fantastic and my Zumba "classmates" are supportive of my goals and efforts.
- I have buckled down and gone back on the same diet that my doctor prescribed for my PCOS, which is a low-carb diet designed to fight insulin resistance. It took a couple weeks for my body to adjust, which was annoying. I was tired and cranky all the time! Now that the adjustment phase is over, I feel like I could run circles around my house with all the energy I have. I believe that the low-carb diet, combined with drinking lots of water and taking my medicine properly, has helped to stabilize my mood swings.
- For health and ethical reasons, I've decided this week to try out being a vegetarian. (It's a long explanation that I'll save for a future post.) I used to think that a vegetarian diet was incompatible with a low-carb diet, but after doing some research and some food "experimentation" of my own, I find that the opposite is true -- it's not hard at all to be vegetarian and low-carb at the same time! Right now I'm sticking to an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet, but as time progresses -- and if I feel daring enough -- I might go completely vegan at some point.
- I'm halfway through graduate school! Just six more classes and a thesis to go before I'm done for good!
So that's all for now. Hope all of you are doing well!
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
January has been a crap month. Not only was I sick for a few weeks, but I was sent into a depression episode that spiraled me into a crippling "low" for days at a time. Because of that, I haven't been on SparkPeople, and I realize how much of a mistake that was.
More thoughts later, lots to do. But I'm back, and I've really missed all of you. I really need your support right now. Thank you to all.
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