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Starting (Again)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I don't blog here much, but when I do, it's because I don't have any other forum to say it in.

I recently learned the delights of boxing. I don't want to hit anybody, but I got a heavy bag because I heard it gives a total body workout. I spent 3 days with it and had that good hurt from day one. I'm cancelling my gym membership (contract is up, I'm unemployed and shouldn't be paying for something I don't use, and I'm just burnt out on them in general). I created a new workout for myself last week, and starting it today.

M-W-F Bike to & from work (0.83miles each way), plus 3 3-min rounds with the heavy bag each afternoon/evening (warm-up of 1 min jumping rope).
T-Th walk/jog for 30 mins before work, plus 3 3-min rounds with the heavy bag each afternoon/evening (warm-up of 1 min jumping rope).
Sat & Sun walk/jog for 30 mins before breakfast, plus 3 3-min rounds sometime in the afternoon - whenever I need a break from homework (with the jump rope warm-up).

It's not a strenuous schedule, by any means, but if the workout I got in those 3 days is any indication, my quads, abs, back (upper & lower) and biceps will be in perfect condition in no time.

As for diet, I'm doing the Dukan. It works for me, and I like it, so there. :)

I'm starting this plan at 251 lbs. I took my measurements last week, but they're in my ipod, not on here. I will be doing weekly weigh-ins, and monthly measurements.

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PMWALKER 10/31/2011 7:30PM

    Way to go! The Dukan Diet has been a godsend for me! We'll all be right here to cheer you on!

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RODERUNR 10/31/2011 10:57AM

    emoticon Dukan diet is awesome!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/30/2011 12:16PM

    Sounds like a plan!

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Climbing Back in the Saddle

Monday, October 19, 2009

Back in June, when I went to my friend in LA to help him with his dying mother, I fell out of the exercise/eating right saddle. I still haven't had the courage to get back in.

My health has suffered as a result. My immune system is below where it's ever been before as evidenced by the infections I have gotten and cannot get rid of.

Last week, I got on the scale and almost cried. I have almost undone all the good work and progress I had made until then. I had gained 10 lbs back. I was devastated. God bless my friend who has been encouraging me to get back to our Monday/Wednesday spin class. I found reasons not to go last week. But on Friday, we finally went. I just about died. Back in June, I had gotten to the point where I could go almost 45 minutes on the eliptical without any problem. I would vary my intensity between 5mph and 9mph. Friday - I was dragging by minute 5, and could barely stay in the 4.-- mph range. But she was on the machine next to me, so I didn't dare get off. I made it 20 minutes. Then I did some strength training. I couldn't wait to leave.

We went again Saturday, and I did a bit better on the eliptical (probably helped that football was on the monitor above me!). I also increased my weights on the machines. I felt good. Exhausted & tight, but not sore, and definitely felt a sense of accomplishment.

Today I weighed myself (since I forgot yesterday morning) and I've gained another 2.2 lbs. I'm DEVASTATED!!!!

So I need to get back in the saddle. I need to get back on the bandwagon, and all those other cliches, but I need to get myself back into the habit of eating healthy, and making healthy lifestyle choices - including exercise.

So here's my goals for this week. Next week, I'll write my new goals and report on how I met my goals this week.

HEALTH: I will take all my pills every day this week. I won't "forget" or put them to the side, because they truly are 'out of sight, out of mind'.

EXERCISE: 3x/week. Monday & Wednesday spinning class. Strength training and eliptical on either Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

FOOD: All meals will be as close to 40:30:30 as possible. I will incorporate more fruits & vegetables into both lunch & dinner. Where possible, I'll try for a more alkeline diet, but I'm not cutting out all my meat protein! emoticon I will eliminate fast food & junk food completely (no real hardship, really). I will have 1 sweet per day; either mid-afternoon or after dinner. It will NOT be the whole 1/2 gallon of ice cream again (in all fairness, that did take 4 days to complete). Instead it will be the 40 calorie fudgesicles I've been neglecting in my freezer.

SPIRITUAL: I will make it to church at least once this week, but I will be prepared for both.

RELAXATION: I will take that bubble bath I meant to take yesterday sometime this week. Maybe Thursday..... I will get a mani/pedi this weekend (OK, economic times are hard, I'm giving it to myself, but I will get it done). Ruby Red Slippers on my toes, and clear (as always) for my fangas.

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BIOFOOL 10/20/2009 8:19PM

    That's a lot of goals for one week but I know you can do it. Keep your courage strong. There's lots of us here who care about you and want to see you succeed.

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KIPPER_KID 10/20/2009 9:04AM

    Sounds a good plan and you've already started on it - thanks goodness for friends!!

Hope the scales start being a bit friendly too :-)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/19/2009 7:48PM

    Glad to hear that you are back! It's so frustrating how quickly we lose our strength if we don't keep exercising. I am also in not near as good of shape as I was over the summer. Unfortunately, it's a "use it or lose it thing."

Be gentle with yourself. I agree with the other commenter, we all fall off the wagon at some point. Each tiny step you take in the right direction with help you get back to where you were. The good thing about Sparkpeople is that it can help us get remotivated as long as we stay active here.

You CAN do it!

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    It's okay, we all slip up sometimes. It sounds like you have a good plan to get things moving again though!
You can do it.

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SUNNYDAY9016 10/19/2009 3:03PM

    First, that is so great of you for helping your friend with his mother, I'm sure it meant a lot to him!! You have such a great attitude, and this is a complete turning point, I know it! I know how hard it is to fall out of your routine and try and get back, but you can and will do it! Just ease into it every day, and try to accomplish the goals you set each week. I'm here for support whenever you need it! Let's both ROCK this week :)


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Monday, June 29, 2009

Thank you all for your well wishes over this past week. It was a very difficult time. I got the call last Monday that they were taking my best friend's mother off of life support. When I got there Tuesday morning, they had decided against that course of action, but there was still a lot to do. She has no arrangements in place for emergencies like this, so we spent a good deal of time at the courthouse, arranging for her apartment to be cleaned out, etc. Saturday night she went into cardiac arrest. They were able to bring her back, but I truly don't believe she'll be around much longer.

My best friend was an emotional wreck (understandably!) but even more so because he had a lot of pent up anger towards his mom that he's working on releasing. He's handling the whole situation so well, I have hopes he just might be a more mature person on the other side of this.... maybe :)

He sent me home yesterday so I could come to work today. I'm getting as much done as possible because I anticipate having to go down again in the next couple weeks to handle the funeral arrangements for him.

I will say that what food choices I made, I made wisely. I didn't eat NEARLY enough, and I didn't get a whole lot of exercise. I went walking with my sister one night, and we had a lot of walking around town, but nothing like I had planned on being able to do. I think it'll probably take me a few days to get back into the habit of real life again. I'll be as smart as possible until I'm back up to snuff.

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EVETROY 6/30/2009 1:07PM

    Saw your blog on the Long Beach sparkers site. Wow - that is a lot for you and your friend to have to deal with! You did great considering the stresses on you. Please remember to take care of yourself.


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KIPPER_KID 6/30/2009 9:06AM

    You sound like you did well - it's never going to be possible to be 100% perfect in that sort of situation but you did your best. don't let your guard down now you are home, though.

Take care and hopefully you will get some time to recover before you have to go back again.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/29/2009 9:54PM

    I'm glad you are able to get back to "real life" if even for a bit. It's very difficult to eat right at a hospital or exercise. My thoughts are with you and your friend.

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Plateau Hell

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Maybe I'm stuck on a number. When I had 2 months till Vegas, I set the goal to loose 25 lbs before my trip. It was ambitious, but I felt confident that I could reach it through a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Yesterday a co-worker saw me on my way to my lunchtime jog. She said she could REALLY see the difference and that I was looking great. With that compliment in mind, I weighed myself this morning instead of tomorrow morning. I'm almost devastated that I gained .2lbs. I've been hovering around 244 for 3 weeks now. I'm not going to say I've been perfect. I had Jack in the Box one night. I had fried food for lunch Thursday, and I had french fries with dinner last night. I didn't make it to the gym Tuesday or Thursday. But I also look at this as a lifestyle change. On the whole, my life is much healthier. I've got almost 5 hours of exercise under my belt this week. I've burned 3,393 calories in exercise this week.

So why am I not shedding the pounds like I wanted!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

I don't know what to do. I know this is lifestyle improvement, so it's not like I'm going to stop what I'm doing just because I haven't seen the weight loss I want. I can see muscle definition in my legs coming out. I have seen how I've had to increase the weights I use since my legs are stronger. But I'm not seeing the lbs come off. I'm not seeing the inches in my waist come off. I'm not seeing my clothes fit any differently. I would expect that after 30 days (by next week or so) I should see some measurable results, but I don't have hopes for that right now.

I'm disappointed I haven't seen ANY movement on the scale, so it's discouraging with respects to reaching my goal. I'd be happy to see 10lbs gone in 2 months. That would make me happy.

Now, granted, I still have about 3 weeks (20 days to be precise) until Vegas, but..... I wonder now if I'm going to see ANY improvement by that time.

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MARGIE100%PURE 6/24/2009 8:29PM

    The scale is on earth and gravity and consuming b,l, and dinner adds up. Weight Watchers know weigh-in is best in the morning even a glass of water or coffee adds. Try getting a makeover to tide you over; Polish: nails, cheeks, wardrobe, the kitchen floor. Keep busy. Be sure to tape measure everything cause when the scale in not moving and you are doing it right the measuring tape can give you glorious numbers too. emoticonKeep up the good work! reward yourself often.

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SURLYGIRL 6/20/2009 6:39PM

    In addition to changing up your exercise routinr, try changing up your meal routine too. Check out the website http://www.freedieting.com/tools/ca
It will give you a daily calorie count, then click on "zigzag" for a calorie cycling plan. Sometimes it helps to cycle for a few weeks to get your metobolism started again.

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LADYDI2049 6/20/2009 1:29PM

    Hey Lyd, don't give up. I don't know if you remember me writing about being on a plateau for 8 weeks? I saw my naturopathic doctor and here is what she said: you have to change up your exercise routine. Your body gets used to and comfortable doing the same routine and it stops being a challenge. Because of my shoulder injury about all I can do is walking. She told me to change up the walk by getting a weighted walking vest, the rocker shoes, walking inclines, etc. You have to switch things up. Also, I am a Vegan so she told me to cut back a little on the grains and pasta. After following her advice the first week I lost 3 lbs. Tomorrow is my weigh in for the second week so I'll see what happens. I purchased and walked with the weighted vest this morning, quite challenging. I hope some of this info can help you. Don't give up, it's not an option. emoticon

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LINDA25427 6/20/2009 1:10PM

    I have been on a plateau since Jan. but have not gave up because I know my body is changing and things are happening even through I can't see or tell them right now I just keep doing the right things and hoping for the best .I know it will happen and it will happen for you too.Good luck on this journey.

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SCWEBER 6/20/2009 12:52PM

    Remember that muscle weighs more than fat. (But it also burns more calories) Plus, if you had french fries last night you may have gained water weight. If I eat fast food I am always up the next day even if I didn't go over my calories. A few days later it's gone. Keep doin' what you're doin'!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/20/2009 12:42PM

    That's hard when that happens. I'm guessing you are building muscle right now. Are you still tracking your food? The scale WILL start moving again.

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06/15-19 Week in Review

Friday, June 19, 2009

This week has definitely been a roller coaster for me.

Sunday, I burned 900 something calories at the gym in one hour. Monday, I burned over 1,100 calories between my lunch time jog & spinning that night. Tuesday, I got a good walk in at lunch (forgot my HRM, so I don't know what I burned), but I had a severe migraine so I wasn't able to go to church that night. Wednesday, I had another great run at lunch, and was looking forward to spinning that night. I know I didn't make it. I can't remember if my migraine was back, or if I just fell asleep. Yesterday was horrible all the way around. I was supposed to have a lunch meeting, so I knew I wouldn't be getting my walk in. My morning was spent dealing with mounting petty complaints from my co-workers. It's my job to deal with them, but I'm at the point of telling people to grow up and realize they live in the real world. The real world does not cater to your every whim, and neither do I! I realize they're unhappy with their work conditions - we all are in this economic climate, but there is nothing I can do for their general unhappiness. After dealing with those for several hours, I went into a meeting where I learned that the office I've been promised for 3 years has been reassigned to someone else. It has been a horrible struggle to get my own office (long story, but I'm SUPPOSED to have one) When I got out of that meeting, my best friend said something insensitive and really hurt me. I was done! I broke down in tears and couldn't stop crying. My assistant told me to storm out and go home for the day - making sure I slammed the doors so everyone knew how upset I was. That may have been better than what I did. I probably would have taken her suggestion, if I had my car at work and hadn't ridden the bus in.

Instead, my friend took me to lunch. I had a Monte Cristo. And fries. And TWO Tokyo Teas. I recorded the calories from those. I should have gone to the gym last night and worked it off - which really wouldn't have been a problem.

Then my friend gave me a ride home. We stopped for drinks on the way, and I had two mudslides. By the time I got home, I really didn't feel like going to the gym. I did a bit better for dinner - a hamburger patty (I got it at the grocery store, it was made with parm cheese and green chiles) some sharp cheddar cheese (that was relatively low sodium!), pickle relish, whole mustard(basically the hamburger without the bun) and a piece of garlic bread.

And then I went to bed. No sit-ups before bed, but STRAIGHT to bed.

I can't decide if I should be upset about yesterday or not. I'm not dieting, I'm changing my eating habits. But I realize there are days where I will give into my cravings. It's not bad, so long as I don't do it all the time. I've done very well with my calories this week, so I can't be upset at all the calories I took in either. The only thing I AM upset about is that I let my emotions get away from me. I started to say I didn't over-react, but maybe I did. I need to find a healthy(er) alternative to greasy fried food & alcohol when I'm pushed past the breaking point. I SHOULD have gone for my walk, but had issues with being on campus but ducking out of my lunch meeting. I needed to get away from it all for a while.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.... today should be better. I'm going for my jog at lunch. I'm planning on going straight to the gym after work today. Tomorrow I'm going to the gym early, then going shopping for the following weekends (my friends b-day party in LA & a mini vacation to Vegas). Then I just have to prep for the weekends, and go to the gym again that evening. Sunday morning is church, followed by the gym. Clean house that afternoon, and go on a bike ride in the evening.

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    Sorry to hear about your stressful workday and the few missteps that resulted! BUT it still sounds like you have really been on track lately!! You really have a good schedule worked out for yourself. It is so funny, I see your updates about you going for a jog and I read your post here and it always makes me think, wow, I want to be jogging too, because I am inspired by your dedication. So, take care, and get back into your better habits tomorrow!

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LMDAVENPORT 6/19/2009 4:55PM


My run today at lunch was soooooooooooo hard. I don't get hangovers, but um.... the way I felt on my run is enough to make me want to swear off fried food & likkur!!! lol

But I did it!!! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/19/2009 4:22PM

    It's really hard not to react to something like what happened to you at work this week. I think the important thing is that you haven't let it become a reason to quit working on getting healthy(er) all together.

I'm always impressed when I read on SP how someone has had a setback and then is able to regroup. That's the real test.

I'd say you are doing quite well.

Don't let those dirty dogs get you down!! You are better than that!!!

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