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Fighting My Inner Food Demon

Monday, December 09, 2013

I'm back!

Sadly the past year and a half has been a big roller-coaster ride for me in more ways than one and the stress and boredom led to my regaining the last 25 pounds that I lost and thought were gone for good. My work life is 99% sedentary and chances for a break are minimal so I've been lashing out at myself by snacking on high-caloric, high-carb foods and drinking a lot more alcohol than I usually do. In addition, I didn't work out for about two months during which time I packed on 10 pounds. I feel gross! My body feels fatigued and slower than it was. But all hope is not lost! Nelson Mandela said, "the impossible is only impossible until its done." I've marked this month as the beginning of my rejuvenation. I've been experimenting with gluten and find that I feel soooo much better when I limit the amount of grains that I eat on a weekly basis. Also, dairy (milk in particular) and alcohol put a damper on my energy levels.

I won't stop until I succeed and maintain!

Going forward:
I will workout out for at least 30 minutes six times per week.
I will strength train at least 3 times per week.
I will do a deep stretch once a week.
I will drink adequate amounts of water and go to bed on time.
I will limit my grain and dairy intake. (80/20 primal)
I will drink alcohol no more than twice per month.
I will reach out to others when my mind wants me to eat out of boredom or frustration.
I will have the body and the confidence that I want and it will be amazing!

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TAICHIDANCER 12/10/2013 5:00AM

    Glad you're back. emoticon

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BERRY4 12/10/2013 12:25AM

    You could write my blog! The same amount of weight added and other "stuff" that has been difficult to deal with.
You have the RIGHT plan & attitude.

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FLORIDANATIVE2 12/9/2013 10:23PM

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2013 Challenge Prep

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I started last week to prepare for what I want to achieve in 2013. I can't wait for the New Year or I'll keep procrastinating~

1. On my second go I will get back down to 155 then lose 5-10 more pounds and MAINTAIN it so I'm not losing the same weight over and over again
2. Continue to track calories on my phone with My Fitness Pal
3. Save money! No new clothes, shoes, makeup, or skin/hair care products~ I have so much already :-/
4. Pay off credit card and $2000 in student loans
5. Cook once or twice per week

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LOLGURL 1/3/2013 11:23AM

    Thank you for the encouragement; it means a lot to me!! :)

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KAYOTIC 12/24/2012 2:57PM

    Great goals! You can do it! And think about joining "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" now, there is a lot of great info there to help you with your first goal.

Best of luck to you!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/24/2012 7:03AM

    You can do it!

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MHUTTON 12/22/2012 11:40PM


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REEBADABEEBOOS 12/22/2012 9:05PM

    emoticon You've got this!

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BOOKWORM2004 12/22/2012 8:42PM

    Awesome job on the self challenges!!

You CAN do it! emoticon

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End of April Measurements and Plans for May

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My arms are so much more toned after 10 days of the 30 Day Shred. There's less jiggle and more muscle overall so I'm happy with them.
L. Arm - 12"
R. Arm - 11.5"

Hahaha, I think all those chest flys helped to increase my bust line. I gained about 1.5". :)
Bust - 34.5"
Under Bust - 29.5"

Agh, my stomach must go. But that's what May is for!
Natural Waist - 29"
Stomach - 33.5"

I loss 0.5" off my hips and each thigh!! ^o^ All those terrible, terrible squats and lunges are paying off.
Hips/Butt - 42"
L. Thigh - 25"
R. Thigh - 25"
L. Calf - 16"
R. Calf - 16"

This was sort of a yo-yo month for me. It started off slow with a lot of binge eating so I ended up gaining 4.8 pounds in 2 weeks. Two weeks!! I was so grossed out but I kept drinking my water. Controling what went into my mouth and drinking as much water as possible helped me to shed 2.5 of those pounds. Then I started the 30 Day Shred and after 14 days I'm back down to 165, where I started at the beginning of the month. :) Regardless of the weight fluctuations, I'm happy to see that I lost some inches this month so it wasn't a total waste. There are 4 more days in the month... I'm going to try and lose one more pound for a net loss of 1.

May will be dedicated to Paleo. I want to try again and hopefully make it through the whole month this time. I will be doing a 90-95% Paleo diet with some carb cycling to keep my body guessing. I will finish levels 2 and 3 of the 30 Day Shred and then begin a new program. I hope by the end of May to be between 158 - 160 pounds. I will also be concentrating on my arms and stomach. I would like to lose an inch off of each upper arm by increasing lean muscle and decreasing fat. Hopefully my stomach will naturally flatten out due to my clean eating. I will also continue to drink at least 8 cups of water each day.

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ACCT1908 5/3/2012 3:05PM

    Don't you love SHRED? well I hate doing it but the results are amazing! I'm hoping to get some definition in my arms as well.

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After 18 Days of Paleo

Monday, March 05, 2012

So I only ended up doing my paleo challenge for 18 days but I felt so great once I was finished! Here are some pictures from the end of my challenge. emoticon

Front view, still working on a flat stomach, but progress!!

Side view #1.

I love my back!

Side view #2.


30 Day Paleo Challenge

Saturday, March 03, 2012

So I'm on day 3 of my month long challenge and am feeling really good. I had a few hunger pangs yesterday and ran out of energy by the end of the day but that led to a good night's rest. So the paleolithic diet basically centers on the idea that the way human beings eat has drastically changed over time and as a result of the introduction of highly processed, hormone filled, and pesticide laden food products into our diets, we are now seeing an explosion of obesity, obesity related illnesses, allergies, and other diseases.

Lets look at our pyramid! emoticon

At the base of the paleo pyramid we have veggies and fruits. These types of foods should make up the bulk of our diet. They are rich in fiber and nutrients. Included in the veggie list are starchy veggies like potatoes, but don't overdo it. (Some would say to limit fruit or eliminate it all together because of the added sugar but I'm still eating fruit daily.) Above the bottom rung is the section for meat, fish, poultry, and eggs. Here is where we get the bulk of our calories and protein. The other main food groups are then nuts, seeds, berries, herbs, spices, and healthy fats (like coconut, olive, or avocado oils).

No-no foods: grains, dairy (I made an exception for low-fat plain yogurt), legumes, added sugar, alcohol, caffeine, sugar substitutes, processed food, anything on the label you don't recognize as coming out of the earth lol

With everything try to get organic, local, grass-fed, etc. but if you can't just do the best you can. emoticon Remember to wash your fruits and veggies well~~~.

So far, I'm doing okay! 27 more days to go. One of the great things about this diet is that I can still keep to it and eat out with friends. My brother and boyfriend are also doing the challenge with me although they have more leeway with food so that they don't lose any weight. On day 1 I did not eat enough calories, I'm pretty certain but my bloated stomach went down, down, down. Hahaha. On day 2 I upped my calories but as I said earlier, I felt very tired. And today I brought my calories back down and did some Turbo Fire and surprisingly I feel super.

Day 1
- 2 eggs omelet with bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes
- banana
- peppermint tea
- 2 bowls of shrimp, salmon, and potato chowder

Day 2
- apple
- 2 eggs, 1tsp ketchup, and bell peppers
- salad with tuna drizzled with olive oil and black pepper
- pork chop with cabbage, carrots, and 1/2 sweet plantain
- 2 almonds

Day 3
- banana with plain yogurt
- 10 almonds
- large sweet potato
- 15 peanuts
- beef brisket chili
- hot chocolate

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LAURAKEENAN 3/11/2012 11:13AM

  The best way to feel full I find is to eat lots of vegetables - make them taste good. When you have a meal fill your plate with lots of different kinds of veg and experiment with veg you have never tried before. Then your protein on the plate as well. Soups are great too using vegetable broth as the base. Lots of veg again and you can have the soup if you get hungry in the day as well. Use Kale, collard greens, mustard greens etc in soups. I have a Paleo snack product as well if you want to find out where to get it.

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EGALITAIRE 3/4/2012 11:47AM

    Way to go - keep at it - I found it took about 4 days before I wasn't feeling hungry - it was about 3 weeks for GF, so works different for everyone - stay the course for the 30 days - I think there will be visible changes and you will feel different - and by that I mean better.

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PHANTOMSMASK171 3/3/2012 4:16PM

    Interesting. My friend is doing the diet and has lost a considerable amount of weight. She likes it and has a couple cheat days when she meets up with friends for coffee or something but she has said she has kept to it pretty good. Keep it up.

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