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I need to find my momentum again

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wow, this last month has been BAD. And good in other ways, but BAD in terms of health and diet. I'm writing this to just vent and get my thoughts down in writing so that I can hopefully find some motivation.

I just moved from Virginia to California. The last week of March, I jumped in the car with the dog and spent 5 days driving across the country. It was fun, but it also means that I was totally sedentary (NO exercise) and I was eating poorly.

I get to California, almost immediately start a new job, and I am still not yet in a regular "groove." I started going to Jazzercise classes, but given my erratic schedule which is still in transition, I am only going 1-2 times per week, down from my regular 4-5 times a week.

On top of it all, I have been eating like crap and I haven't tracked on SparkPeople for about 2 weeks. Lunches out with the new people I work with (who all have bad eating habits so I am tempted along with them), a limited kitchen until the movers arrived with the rest of my things a few days ago, and very little else have all contributed to me reverting back to all of my bad habits before I got serious about losing weight.

You know - going to the grocery store and walking past the bakery section where they sell the individual giant slices of cake, and picking one up and devouring it as soon as I get home. Buying the artichoke parmesan cheese spread/dip and crackers and having the whole thing for dinner. So bad! I haven't stood on a scale, but I can tell from how my clothes are fitting that I have gained weight again.

I was doing so well, and I tell myself at least 2-3 times a day that I can do this and I have to get back into my good habits, but then that somehow leaves my head when I am faced with the temptations and choices and I make the bad decisions.

I need to make friends soon - I moved here not knowing anyone - and I need to find people who will be a good influence who can help me keep on track. I am sure I will meet some of them through Jazzercise if I can only get there more often, but in the meantime until I develop those new friends I could use some support!

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KNEEMAKER 4/18/2014 2:41PM

  Oh yes your problem is normal. It is always so stressful to move to a new location and new job. Plus starting over and finding good friends. It is a new beginning. Start your journey knowing that you can overcome all obstacles by just moving forward. Step by step you will find new friends, step by step you will resist those eating temptations. Please understand that no matter how tough you are that you are working through a new environment. Give it some time and all will be well. Life is a journey. Enjoy every step on your way. Step by step you will get to where you want to be. Good luck to you and have a Fabulous "Good" Friday and a Satisfying Saturday. Lastly give yourself time to adjust. It is obvious that you are a winner with an awesome attitude. You will prevail. Count on it! emoticon

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The slow leak...help!

Monday, April 01, 2013

I know many of us have done this, and I am trying to nip it in the bud. I have been diligent about tracking all food, exercise, etc. since the beginning of 2013. Over the last month I have started to see a trend.

My total daily calories are creeping up and up. Just a little bit one day, a little bit the next. I go over my max one day and say it is OK, there is always tomorrow - but that is happening more and more. Too many days over the maximum.

Am I making excuses? Maybe. Am I making unhealthy choices? Definitely. I am trying to remember the phrases that I would repeat to myself over and over to keep myself in check. Things like "It is a choice, make the right one!" or "This isn't the last piece of cake you will ever see in your life, don't eat it!"

The prevalence of Cadbury Eggs and Jelly Beans don't help.

I would love to know what other people repeat to themselves to help keep the motivation to stay on track.

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GNG4IT 4/1/2014 8:53AM

    I try to go through asking myself am I:



If the answer isn't hunger--and I mean true belly hunger, then the answer for me is not food.

The other thing I use is that I picked the most disgusting food (but healthy sort of) that I could think of. For me, it's canned carrots. I actually bought a can of carrots and if I find myself loitering in the kitchen I pull out that can of carrots. If I'm truly hungry I would eat that. It's a little mental battle that I do.

Hope one of these helps!

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SHARON10002 4/1/2013 10:31PM

    Today is a new day - one of my own design. I can do whatever I choose, and I need to remember it's always MY choice in each moment. I'll do my best today, and that's all I can do. It may not be perfect, but neither am I.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Yesterday I made some bad eating choices. I made the choice to order chicken fingers instead of soup/salad. I made the choice to clear my plate. And I made the choice to go way over my allotment for calories.

Then, this morning, I had my Kashi cereal for breakfast, and went to enter it into the tracker. It is such a delightful feeling to look at that blank food tracker and see that it is a whole new day! The bad choices are behind me, and I have a whole new set of choices to make today. It is up to me how I approach them.

I made the choice to have my normal light breakfast, and not add on snacks in the middle of the morning. I decided to brush my teeth again at 10:00 am so I am not tempted to eat again until my minty-freshness subsides closer to lunchtime.

It is still early, and I know I will be faced with a lot more choices throughout the day today. I hope that by writing this, I remind myself that everything is a choice and that it is up to me whether or not those choices are good or bad.

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/27/2013 11:29PM

    So true, each day is a chance to start fresh!

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Obstacles and successes

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

So far this year (2013) I have been setting small, short-term goals, and have reached them so far. 5lbs in January, 5lbs in February, 5lbs in March. I am almost there - but I don't know if I will make it to 160 before the end of this month. I had minor surgery this month, and I have not been exercising at all for three weeks, and I am starting to feel really guilty. I have to tell myself that it is OK to recover from surgery and take a break! Do you think the jolt back into Jazzercise this weekend will kick-start my metabolism? More to come on this.

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/26/2013 11:15PM

    It is ok to recover from surgery...in fact you really need to give yourself the time to do so. I had a major surgery a few years ago and was supposed to be off work for 6 weeks. I went back in 2 and back to activities in about 4 and recovery ended up being much harder and lasted much longer than it would have.

I forgot to say congrats on reaching your goals!!

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MARTYJOE 3/26/2013 5:24PM

    Just make sure you don't over do it

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I fell off the wagon...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I am hoping that starting to blog will keep me focused again, even. If nobody reads this. Over the last month or so I have not been really good about sticking to my goals. I had lost 15 but had plateaued - I was hovering at the same place and I can see why. I would have about 3 days per week when I would surpass my calorie goals.

In the last two weeks it has all gone down the drain. I have been overeating just like I used to. Business travel, dinner dates, my birthday, weddings...the willpower just disappeared and I even stopped tracking my food every day.

I put on 5 pounds!!!

I need to get back on track but I am worried about next week. I have 3 work receptions, 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches coming up. How will I resist and get back into the swing? What can I tell myself to resist the appetizers and cupcakes and apple crisp?

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BELLABANANAS 10/21/2010 10:56PM

    You have already identified the problem! Now you need to problem solve how YOU can work it out. If you know there is going to be temptation, then plan ahead. You can get rid of those 5 pounds and get back on track.

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HGSGUY 10/21/2010 10:54PM

    I have been in your shoes many times. I look at it this way. I shed 20 and gain back 10, I am still 10 down, I get back on track, drop 20, gain 10, I am down 20 overall! I can't dwell on my lowest, I can only compare where I am and where I was when I started. I am not in a race, there is no prize for hitting a target rate sooner than later.

I have also discovered that if I am doing what I should, gaining a few pounds and getting back on track helps break through.

I also know your upcoming dilemma! I travel for business and often work odd hours on the road. After a long day, starving and on the way to the hotel late at night, fast food looks good.

So I have lost 50 pounds. Really I have lost 90 pounds, this summer has been tough. A cruise, daughters wedding, road trips, I am the same place I was in June, but am healthier, fitter and thinner than I was a year ago when I was 50 pounds lighter!

Keep up the good work, stay connected to SP, and you will make it!


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CHEWY3 10/21/2010 10:47PM

  Welcome back. Now it is time to get motivated. You have seen the results you can get when you stay on track and you can do it.


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