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60 Day Challenge - Day 55

Sunday, July 08, 2012

This past week at the gym where I do my bootcamp class at I joined a 60 day challenge. My trainer wanted to start something that was really focused on nutrition versus the bootcamp class I do that is primarily focused on exercise. Basic deets: we log our food 5/7 days, he reviews our foodlog and gives us feedback, we have a 30 min bootcamp 1x weekly, and we must use the Isagenix product. I will get more into Isagenix in a future blog. For now I need to set some accountability for myself to crush this 60 day challenge. I did not start off well with binges Wednesday, Thursday, AND Friday but a random sparkgoodie from a fabulous friend got me remotivated! So...I'm going to blog daily..keep it brief if I have to. Realize it's ok if I log on and just blog quick and don't comment on everyones blog at that moment! So I'm stealing a page from Erin's daily wedding blogs and I'm going to just do a quick recap of the day food/exercise/wellbeing.

Bkfst: Met a friend for brunch at a fabulous little restaurant that uses organic and local products. Minneapolis peeps check out the LowBrow if you haven't. Fried Egg Sandwich: sourdough bread, fried egg, bacon, tomato, spinach and a cold press
Snack: Granola Bar, Isagenix Shake
Dinner: Isagenix Shake, Rice Krispie Bar

Workouts: Ok this is going to seem a little nuts. BUT...I had an 11 mile walk per my training plan. For those of you who don't know I am walking the Susan G. Komen 3 Day this fall so my life has been filled with walking. Which is incredibly boring but I try to remind myself I'm doing it for something much bigger. Anyways, today I really needed to remind myself that I actually do enjoy working out because all of this walking has been really making me despise working out. So I went to my gym and got in a 60 minute bodystep class followed by 60 min zumba. Then I got on the treadmill and did 4 miles of walking. Then tonight headed back to the gym and finished the 7. I know I know...crazy. But this isn't going to be an every weekend thing. I really just needed those classes at the gym!

I feel pretty good about today! Really good actually!

Plan of attack for the week. OOHH I started my challenge at 210.6 and plan to lose at least 10 lbs by September 4th. I would love to be under 200 by the time my walk is at the end of August. And I also had to take before pictures in a sports bra and shorts (thank god I feel comfortable around my trainer).

Ok..plan of attack for the week.

Food is planned out for M - Fri. Work on Saturday & Sunday later in the week.
Bkfst: Shake
Snack: Apple & Almond Butter
Lunch: Chicken w/potatoes, green beans, zucchini, strawberries
Snack: Chobani (on sale at Target for $1)
Dinner: Shake

Mon: Bootcamp
Tue: Bootcamp/6 mile walk
Wed: Bootcamp
Thur: Softball/5 mile walk
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 17 mile walk
Sunday: 12 (I think) mile walk

* Get 8 hours of sleep at least 4 nights this week
* Drink LOTS of water and no coffee after lunch
* Limit my Holiday trips to 2x
* No more than 2x binging and if I do binge, figure out why, journal, try to stop it, etc.
* Mow the lawn!
* Clean my bathroom
* Message a minimum of 3 guys on online dating
* Blog daily

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STEFANIE822 7/18/2012 10:31PM

    Hey girlie!! I know this is late but I think your challenge is awesome!! How are those Isogenix shakes?

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Some people

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ok so two very random thoughts in this quick blog.

1.) Some people really need to stop being so freakin negative and judgmental. And I know I can sometimes fall into this category as well so I'm disappointed in myself as well. friend Kara who I go to bootcamp with is super fit. She has amazing abs and amazing arms and she's just super tiny. But when she started her healthy lifestyle she had a goal she wanted to get to weight wise and she finally reached it!!! So our trainer posted her before and after pictures on facebook because she's been working at it for a really long time. Mind you she was only trying to lose 8 lbs. Well people who probably doesn't even know Kara have been making comments like "all for health and fitness, but the curvy body to the left is much sexier and more beautiful. why lose 8 lbs?" and "maybe you shouldn't have posted this...really skinny...almost looks unhealthy"

Ugh it just makes me so angry because I know Kara. I know how beautiful of a person she is inside and out. I know she hasn't been doing anything drastic to reach her goals and I know how fit she is and how ridiculously hard she has worked to get there. I get it, it's facebook, you have to be prepared for peoples comments. But why can't those people just stay away if they don't like something?!? Kara is a super confident person but these types of comments would get to anyone and bring them down a notch when she's trying to celebrate something she's been working extermely hard to accomplish!!!!!!!

I encourage people to support each other in whatever journey someone decides to do and not bring negative energy where it's not needed!

2.) Thought number two is totally random and I can't completely remember it right now so I'll have to finish it later. BUT..there is an ad on the radio right now with Lil Jon and he's talking about people thinking he's different but he's not trying to be different, he's just trying to be himself and more great stuff. Now I normally don't take advice from Lil Jon but I do actually love what he has to say in the ad and I'll try to actually share it with you next time I hear it. :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/21/2012 10:34PM

    Ugh some people are so judgmental! I can't even stand it. Some people just look for the negative in everrrrrything, ugh. It makes me disgusted. Butttt we just have to use that negativity to kick butt even more, ya know? If I know someone is doubting me and if I can do THIS, I'm going to use that to bust my ass harder! I'm sorry for your friend though. ugh.


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GOOSIEMOON 6/21/2012 10:03PM

    Some folks just don't know how to let others shine. So sad.

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DAMIENDUCKS 6/21/2012 4:50PM

    on #1...oh good grief...the snarky people need to realize that the person in question is not very likely to be losing weight to make someone else happy/turned on/whatever, they're doing it for their own person if they think the b4 pic is "sexier"...who gives a flying crap? everyone is entitled to an opinion, but the only opinion that matters is the person who's losing the weight. ALSO: No-one is entitled to judge what constitutes the "best" version of a person except for that person. So, congratulate the person for reaching their goals, for their hard work and consistency, for their bravery in posting b4 & after pics on a public forum, for providing inspiration if they have inspired you, and move along.

(ah, end rant now...can you tell this topic is a pet peeve of mine? haha!)

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Ideas Welcome

Thursday, June 14, 2012

How does one stop feeling so lonely?

And go.....

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SILLIANGEL 6/20/2012 10:31PM

    I'm so late in replying to this. But hey, I haven't logged in for a while =/

This might sound like a super douchey thing to say, but people who are surrounded by people and are still lonely are suffering from something much grander than loneliness. Loneliness is a side effect of other things. It could be a lot of things, and I'm certainly not an expert, so I'm not going to begin guessing. I know it's definitely common to seclude oneself because of something else that's going on, as a form of protection.

It takes a lot of courage to seek out people who will better your life and weed out those who make you feel like you're less than what you are, but it's doable and necessary.

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EKRED8710 6/14/2012 3:38PM

    Try to see if there are any groups in your community you can be a part of. Volunteering maybe? Oh, or turning up the tunes (happy songs only!)

If you belong to a gym, maybe you can meet people there? I always give my friends back home a call when I get to feeling lonely (or homesick). THAT--- or working out. I know, silly, but sometimes even just feeling the day with lots of activities can help keep me from feeling blue... especially if you can feel a sense of accomplishment for working out!!!

If you ever want someone to talk to.... I'm here! *HUGS!* (Being so far away from home and alone alot---I know how it can be....) (Bubble baths or projects around my apartment are also quite nice).... Hope I helped... even if you just know that we all feel like that sometimes... it's what you do about it!

Hope you have a great rest of the day! Talk to you soon!

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DARWHOHOO 6/14/2012 1:12PM

    My be you could join a community group that does something you love. or stay active on SP...your SP friends are bound to reply to your comments/blogs/page

There maybe a Spark Team in your area, so you can look that up join in the activities etc.

Hope that helped


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PAPER_WINGS18 6/14/2012 10:48AM

    Get a Jack Russell Terrier puppy :) They always make me feel so loved and needed and happy!

Big big hugs!

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Positive people = positive results

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today was day 1 of not binging and I feel fabulous! I had a session with my therapist this morning and it couldn't have gone any better. I left feeling hopeful. The awesome support i have on here and the more continous support I will get from her is going to be extremely helpful for me.

My goals I am working on over the next week is to:
1.) Reduce the number of times I binge. I said if I was able to reduce the number to two, I would look at that as an accomplishment. I wouldn't degrade myself, I wouldn't feel bad or guilty or worthless or any of the other things I feel when I binge. I need to work on my all or nothing thinking and realize that going from binging 5+ times a week to 0 is likely unrealistic in one week. Now in my head is my goal still 0 for the week, sure it is. But this goal is really about learning to change my all or nothing thinking as much as it is to reduce binging.

2.) Work on being positive again and having positive thoughts. I was doing really at this towards the end of last year and it fell apart when my eating started to fall apart. So it's time to bring that back into my life. I have been thinking this week I am going to create a list of positive things about myself. I'm going to put one positive thought on a piece of paper and make some sort of jar where I am going to store these things and every day I am going to read one, or two, or however many positive thoughts I need to realize how awesome I am. SO....if you have any positive thoughts that you would like to share with me that I can put in my jar that would be awesome. :)

That's my homework for the week. I got this. In other news, I may be getting some news tomorrow that will be deciding factor on if I start looking for a new job which is super stressful. And I'm going out of town for the weekend to hang with college friends so I likely won't be back on until Sunday.

Oh and I am going to be stealing your guys' ideas of food blogging at some point but until I get to the pictures I want to just post what I'm eating.

Bkfst: Coffee, Protein shake w/almond milk & spinach
Lunch: spinach salad w/chicken, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberry vinaigrette dressing
Snack: Snickers Bar
Snack: Fage Yogurt
Snack: Granola Bar
Dinner: Subway 6 inch turkey bacon avocado, baked lays, 1 oatmeal raisin cookie

Yep feeling pretty good about today!

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DAMIENDUCKS 6/8/2012 12:11PM

    love this blog! (and that spinach salad sounds really tasty!)

a thought for your jar o' awesomeness: you're inspiring because you take the time to figure out what needs to change, then take specific steps to make it happen!

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STARDUSTD 6/8/2012 8:07AM

  Mmm, blueberry vinaigrette. Is that homemade or store-bought?

Your goals for the week sound awesome! I'm right with you as far as the all-or-nothing thinking and having poor eating destroy positive thoughts. emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/7/2012 10:57PM

    Yummy! Great day, my friend! Really proud of you! And that lunch sounds freaking delish! I like it!

Keep up the awesome work girl- we are gonna do this!

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$30 at a grocery store self checkout

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

This happened to me. And this is pretty significant because if I am in a healthy mindframe and buying good healthy food, I would never go through the self-checkout lane. Why? Because my cart would be filled with fresh fruits and veggies and there aren't any barcodes to scan. My cart was filled with the furthest things from fresh fruits and veggies. I did have some lettuce & yogurt but I also had doughnut holes and ice cream and pizza and cookies. And I proceeded to eat all of those things. My eating has NOT been healthy for along time now.

I went on vacation 2 weeks ago and didn't even think about how many calories I was eating or what I was drinking. Except for maybe the one margarita I had since I knew it was pure sugar. But anyways, I came back and expected to have gained weight. You know what happened? I was the same weight that I was before I left. What the what?!? I ate what I was craving, what sounded good, didn't stress over calories, didn't stress over when I was going to eat next, and I didn't gain any weight? Pure craziness.

So I thought I would try that when I got home. The morning after I got home it's like vacation mind vanished overnight and critical all or nothing mind was back and I thought I should probably cleanse, couldn't eat that, definitely had to go to the gym , stressed over not logging food, etc. And the last 1.5 weeks that I have been home I have binged my way through. I stepped on the scale on Monday and I weighed 217. Um hello. When I got back from vacation the week before I weighted 206.

I need to stop doing this to myself. I know what I need to do. I know what is healthy. I know I have the tools to make healthy choices. So why don't I do it?!? I am going back to see my therapist tomorrow and I am increasing my sessions to weekly sessions. I think having that more constant reminder of being healthy versus dieting and extreme exercising talks that i'm constantly around around will help me. I also need to log onto Spark more. There are so many people here who are focused on being healthy while losing weight and not necessarily "dieting" and those are the people I need to surround myself with.

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STEFANIE822 6/6/2012 9:51PM

    Yes, you need to log in to Spark more because we miss you!!!! Listen girl, I am with you. I have been where you are right now for the last few months! This week I finally said enough is enough, and you can too!! I think it is a great idea to go see your therapist more often...I know you really like her and she really helps you. Keep your head up...we are all here for you, and we have all been there. Please please please feel free to message me or text me anytime. We can do this together!!!!!

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SHARPISTOL 6/6/2012 9:48PM

    Wow! First, I hope that you enjoyed your vacation, while you were there; and didn't let any of the guilty feelings, that you are feeling now, ruin it, in any way. And, second, it never occurred to you that while you were on vacation, that, most likely, you were walking around a lot, touring, and seeing new places, etc.; and that you had, probably, burned all of those extra calories, that you found out that you had burned, when you weighed yourself, upon your return? Finally, then, when you ate all of the junk food, on your return home; then, most likely, you gained because you have not been exercising. Hun, you need to continue to motivate yourself, to get back on, and to stay on the wagon. YOU CAN DO IT!!!


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PAPER_WINGS18 6/6/2012 9:39PM

    Hi friend!

Happy to see an update from you. :) How was your vaca?!

I am happy to see you have a plan in action here; you definitely deserve to succeed and not have to worry and stress about food every day. I KNOW you can do it! I hope your therapist helps you realize that too my dear. You are stronger than food; you are worth the healthy lifestyle!

You have some good insights in here. Blogging regularly may help too. Feel free to message me if you need any extra support!! We can do this! I know it. :)

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