Wednesday, August 06, 2014
So, in the last four months, I have:
-Moved across the country from Virginia to California with just my dog, knowing nobody
-Started a brand-new job
-Purchased and moved into a new house
-Transferred my Jazzercise instructor certification to the new region and started teaching at the ungodly hour of 5:45 am
-I haven't touched SparkPeople in three months!
-I work with people who want to go out to lunch at least twice a week, and who are very bad influences on my dietary choices!
-I GAINED at least TEN POUNDS!
I know, everybody says that with all of these changes, it is hard to keep up with the weight control and the routine. I get that, and while I suppose it makes me feel better to not be alone in this, it doesn't change the fact that all of the hard work that I put into my health and weight loss over the last year and a half is being negated. I KNOW that I need to get back on track. I know that SP can help if I just stick with it. Today is Day 1 of a re-start, and I have done it before, but I don't feel confident in my willpower yet.
Help me start walking forward again - these steps back over the last few months are so frustrating.
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!
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.
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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