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Back in the saddle!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Last week was rough! This week is tough too, but at least my back pain is no more YAY!!! But i'm also getting back into the late night/early morning bed time routine which can make me too tired to run like today...yes yes i know it's an excuse. :( I did buy some vegetarian tryptophan pills to help get a more natural night's rest, and i bought a tape measurer to keep track of inches yay! Oh yeah...and the big news...I bought a SCALE!!! emoticon It hasn't come yet, but I should be getting it this week. I haven't weighed myself in weeks, it's been tough trying to coordinate with my friend who has been weighing me, so it's just easier if I do it first thing in the morning. I just need help NOT BECOMING OBSESSED! I came across my college journal when I started to lose weight the first time and I was just scary obsessed with the numbers on the scale and with my shape and T&A I will never be what is considered "average" weight wise for my height of 5'9". It's just not meant to be. I have to accept that and this is the official test! eek!!! I'm scared to know the number on the scale...I need to not self sabotage once I learn of it. Wish me luck!!!

I also updated a new body photo...it's been over a month since I started SP and I'm not sure I see a huge change, but I do feel better...but I'm really struggling because I don't see a difference really. I am still tired all the time...I miss having energy. :(

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DAVEFITZ1 11/11/2009 4:09AM

    Hiya, scales are fine, but my recommendation is to weigh yourself first thing Monday morning only. Scales do not take into account ethnicity, age, sex, and so many other variables; just 1 tip-no point in weighing oneself before and after training; we just lose fluid. Keep it up emoticon

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I kinda feel...

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

like giving up...but I know I can't and I shouldn't. I've just got no motivation and have tried hard to change habits but i feel myself slipping into what's comfortable...routines that got me here to begin with. And I feel like I COULD work harder but I'm just meh...

And my lower back and glutes are really hurting me, I don't know what I spasmed or pulled but it just makes me want to give up more, WTF I AM NOT THIS PERSON. I am a motivator and I am a hard worker...I guess I'm just asking for help or any kind of words of support and motivation.


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LADYIRISH317 11/4/2009 9:19AM

    If the pain continues, talk to your doctor to make sure you don't have an injury.

You sound depressed. I can totally relate, because I've had major depression all my life. Do you have anyone you can talk to? A counselor might be a help to you. I know mine has literally saved my life.

And please don't forget, your Sparkfriends are here to support you. Lean on us!

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    Maybe something to figure out is what the root of the problem is... that was my issue for the last few weeks. Just keep on it and remember that this is for the rest of our lives to be healthier and happier

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FITNIX 11/4/2009 8:16AM

  You can keep it up.. do you have a list of the things that you are working for?? that's what keeps me going.
About the pain; if you think that it is abnormal and you have access to healthcare, you may want to go to the doctor. I delt with knee pain for 5-6months then finally went to see my doctor and my knee actually had a problem that is being fixed easily with physical therapy.
Good luck!

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BABY_GIRL69 11/3/2009 11:07PM

    Hey I feel like that on one day or the other. I hope you didn't pull anything that can't repair on its on. Take some time & do light duty like walking & dancing. See how your body reacts to the rest? Heal first & then return to active duty. Again take your time & feel better! You are a motivator! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonBlessings emoticonDee

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KURVYKATE 11/3/2009 11:04PM

    i feel like quitting SP :(

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NEXTYEAR 11/3/2009 8:13PM

    Ease back a little but hang in there. Don't quit. SP is a wonderful help. Give yourself a lot of time.
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DAVEFITZ1 11/3/2009 7:14PM

    Everything we do fitness-wise is a notch in the belt. Baby steps, we don't have to run a marathon. Back pain can be a pain in the butt [forgive the pun], but try to train around it. Training in water can be very beneficial, but sometimes it's better not to make plans and just go with your body. Train according to how you feel, if that makes sense. Remember, this too shall pass.
Best of luck, keep it up.
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    YOU CAN DO IT!!! I feel your pain ( I have major back problems) but that doesn't mean we give up. Try to make some mini goals for the week and don't try to over do it. Its the small things we can do to change our lifestyle. Everyday is a new day! emoticon emoticon

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WORLDLOVE 11/3/2009 6:19PM

    Just keep going,one minute at a time if you need to, its all about the overall picture not instant pleasure.i know what you mean about the meh feeling , my golden rule is fake it till you make it even if you can only fake it for 2 min at least thats 2 min done already and you have something to feel good about and build on .Best of luck
love and peace

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i has the interwebs again!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm back after a nice long weekend up in the mountains, and I definitely feel relaxed but also that I did not maintain my routine while I was up there. I did go for a long ass walk for an hour, but I am so used to having my elliptical runner it's tough to really feel you are getting a work out if you switch things up to a different means of exercise that isn't a full on "i'm gonna kick your ass in the gym" kind of work out. Also, granny's cooking was amazing but of course comfort food so I tried to have controlled portions but it was tough, especially with really nothing to do but relax eat and watch movies. I hope my weigh in next week doesn't show I failed any, I have to definitely get back on track this week!

Control is such an issue that I do not like to admit is important with weight loss. I want to be one of those laid back whatever people who shed the pounds regardless of calorie counting but I'm starting to think I will A. gain weight or B. end up unhealthy and losing weight the wrong way. Knowledge is power, and I'm glad for this website and everyone involved because I need to keep a healthy outlook on this journey and stay knowledgable as to the balance of calories and exercise as not to plateau, starve, overeat, give up. Because the latter I am very, very good at.

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TAZ675 10/28/2009 12:19PM

    Your blog takes me back to my childhood when my grandparents had a house in the moutains. I used to whine and complain about walking down the (small) mountain to go to the post office each day (they walked every day, G-ma is gone but G-pa still walked every day). Now I long to have a place like that to enjoy the peace and quiet the 'natural' exercise of walking up and down the moutain, swimming in the river, shoveling snow, and chopping wood...

Glad you're relaxed and remember that being de-stressed makes it easier to lose weight!! so when you work out it'll be that much more beneficial emoticon

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YAFENELRA 10/27/2009 5:03PM

    You will get back on track inno time. Grandma's comfort food will get you envery time.

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SIMPLYSCRIBE 10/27/2009 3:48PM

    No, no, no! You are going to take a day to get your bearings and then jump right back in there. Read a bunch of blogs for incentive. You can do this. I am new here and weigh as much as I also have to lose so I am as big as two people. If I can haul
my abundant carcass up each day you can too. I swear, I'll bug you!

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My first weigh in since the journey started was today...*drum roll*

Sunday, October 18, 2009

...and I've lost 5 lbs.! I couldn't help but smile as I drove home from my friends house (where she weighs me but doesn't give me a total as to just how big i am, God Bless her!) because all this hard work is paying off and I DON'T Have to be a the gym 3 hours a day and eat like a bird. I know the second week is hardest and I should be lucky to lose even a pound over the next 7 days, but I'm staying optimistic. PLUS I'm going away this Thursday-Monday to the mountains of the Adirondacks (No internet emoticon) so I'll be well relaxed and low stress=a restful Kate. My grandparents, who i'm going to visit, always eat healthy so I'm not worried about any temptations. Plus my grandmother never hesitates to tell me I should lose weight, lol, so I always am careful of what I eat in front of her. :( She's been better in her old age, not as brutally honest, and I plan to tell her about this site so she knows it's going to stay off this time and I'm going to be healthy, like her, for a long long time. She's an amazing women of 82 who looks 20 years her junior. It's unbelievable, I think she gets younger every time I see her and she's always full of energy. I'm really looking forward to my visit and to get some fresh air and outside time with a panoramic picturesque view of all the glorious mountains.

I've also got lots of veggies and legumes to make some hearty soups because I think I'm lacking protein so that's my goal for the week. Cooking! emoticon

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YOOVIE 10/19/2009 12:31PM

    seriously though, keep up the good work. You know for a fact that you have people rooting for you here!

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YOOVIE 10/19/2009 12:31PM

    *clears throat*

I TOLD YOU SO! emoticon


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NEXTYEAR 10/19/2009 4:28AM

    emoticon This sounds like just what you need. Have a wonderful time. How wonderful that your Grandmothe stays young looking. emoticon Have a safe trip.

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LADY_JOSIELOT 10/19/2009 12:44AM

    Woo hoo. Congrats. That's great! :)

- Josie

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ZONAHZ 10/18/2009 11:19PM

    Congrats and have a nice visit with your Grandparents.

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TRENTDREAMER 10/18/2009 8:36PM

    5 pounds: That's awesome!!! Congratulations.

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SOCCERMOM172 10/18/2009 8:16PM

    Congrats on the 5 lb loss! Keep up the good work and enjoy your trip.

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BECCAFISH42 10/18/2009 8:16PM

    Congrats! Enjoy your time away!

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CLEBLOOM 10/18/2009 8:04PM

    Congrats on the 5lb loss!!! emoticon

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Insomnia Issues

Friday, October 16, 2009

This is a strange curve ball that has been thrown at me since I started changing my eating and exercise lifestyle. It's been a little over a week and I feel great, much healthier, but my sleep pattern is all out of wack. I cannot get a good nights sleep! Something must me missing in my diet, because I have been working out in the afternoons which SHOULD make me sleepy at night right? WRONG. I lay awake in the dark for hours trying to sleep, and when I do sleep I'm awake only a few hours later, groggy but not tired enough to get that good REM sort of sleep. I work nights (from 4-midnight) but I still should not be going to sleep at 8 or 9am!!!

I have been researching foods that have tryptophan in them, and aside from the sea lion and elk, there seems to be some good tryptophan in spinach, soy, and broccoli raab. I'm hoping if I eat these foods at night it will help me with this slumber problem. I don't want to turn to sleeping pills and want to try natural remedies.

Has anyone else had this problem when initially changing their lifestyle? Any suggestions? emoticon

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TARAFANA1 10/17/2009 10:44PM

    Very good advice above :) Also, consider cutting out all electrical devices in your room (this includes your cordless/cell phones, anything plugged in even if it is off), since there seems to be a connection between electromagnetic interference and sleep quality, yoga and/or meditation might be nice too if you are under stress. I recommend you look into Tryptophan suppliments etc...maybe make a stop at your local suppliment store and ask for advice.

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TARA417 10/16/2009 5:48PM

    Not exactly. I moved to another state, another house, and another lifestyle and have insomnia issues. I'm waking up every few hours, still going back to sleep but not getting that REM. I thought I was getting out of this pattern but now my man is working the night shift like you... 4pm to 130am and that is messing me up even more!

My suggestions: Dark room? (if not get an eye mask) Quiet? (get some ear plugs) Of course, no caffeine to get you through the work shift? Progressive muscle relaxation? (I know there are CDs or recordings of this sort of stuff out there somewhere, wish I had names or suggestions for ya, Google:shopping, basically a speaker will guide you through relaxing every muscle in your body and focusing your breathing, while you are laying there trying to go to sleep. It worked wonders for me in the past and I need to reincorporate that to my sleep routine) Routine!?! Every night when you get home, do the same thing, whether its take off your shoes, take a shower, drink some hot tea, read a book, whatever do it in the same order and force yourself to get into bed without the TV on at the same exact time. And no TV, that is a big one, the lighting from the TV triggers your brain to think it is stay awake time. Warm milk?

That is all I can think of for now. I hope I've offered you some new suggestions. Check out the Insomnia team on SP, if you haven't already, they might have some good ideas too. I apologize for the disjointed thoughts above...

Good luck and sleep well :-)

Edit: "I need sleep" name of SP team; Beth Salcedo was the first one to come up for a Progressive Muscle Relaxation CD, I'm not familiar with her but look into the technique if you haven't already.

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