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Frustration

Friday, January 07, 2011

I hate to sound like a complainer as I feel that's all I've been doing this week but I'm totally frustrated with this whole nutrition thing. I can't afford to follow the diet set out by Spark so I have just been living off the same foods every meal every day. This is getting very boring. I swear if I never eat another wrap again it'll be too soon. Well so today I tried something new. I had a bagel with cream cheese. Not too bad but when I added that to my Caltrate, V8, and banana my breakfast ended up over 500 calories! I was appalled! So then I stressed for the rest of the day about what I could and couldn't eat. I did have a great dinner of Chilli Cheese Dog Nachos from Hungry Girl. That plus my V8 was only 268 calories but that ended my day 14 grams short in the protein department. I ended up having to wait for several hours to get hungry again then eat half a can of light tuna to get my protein. I don't know if I should really be this stressed and worried about what I am and am not eating. I'm doing great in the fitness department having far exceeded the goals set for me in the minutes and calories burned for the week. In fact I'm quite enjoying the exercise. If you could just eat whatever and then keep working out I would do great but I know you have to have the whole package. I'm just really wondering if this is going to be something I can sustain for the long haul or if I need to find some other way of eating healthy without boring myself to death. emoticon

  
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LEGALLYBLONDE81 1/9/2011 11:23PM

    I find it very helpful to make big batches of stuff and freeze it. I don't mind eating the same thing a few days in a row, but not day and day out for weeks. I make Chili with ground turkey, black bean and sweet potato soup, pita pizzas, fajitas, stir fry etc etc and keep leftovers. There are tons of options, it's just a matter of developing a repertoire. If you live somewhere where you can BBQ all year round, even better - the possibilities are endless. If you're interested I can send you some of the recipes I like.

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MAGGIENCALI 1/8/2011 5:34PM

    I hear ya! I cook for one. Me. It's always so hard to find different things to eat each week. Whole Food has some great and healthy stuff though. It's reasonably priced. Sometimes I go to the meal bars and load up on stuff for the week or I get a rotessirie chicken. It's amazing what you can do with rotessirie chicken. Taquitos, salads, sandwiches, etc.

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KATYBUG48 1/7/2011 11:52PM

  That makes two of us.

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Keeping on Track

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I've realized the secret to keeping me motivated is to have a strict schedule I stick to. By having a schedule and being able to mark off each day's accomplishments I know that I'm doing well and that I should keep it up. That's one of the things I really like about this site is that it helps me keep track of everything I am doing and the areas I need to work harder on. The recommended 30 minutes 3 times a week is just not enough for me. I need more not because I'm trying to lose weight faster than normal (although that would be awesome) or because I'm trying to do too much which I'll never be able to sustain. In fact I'm doing it because this keeps me on track. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I run. I'm working on the C25K program and at my current level I'm doing 2 miles. That is 6 miles a week which takes about 1/2 hour each time making the 90 recommended per week. Come on that's nothing! So of course I also have my 3 days per week of strength training which is Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Well that doesn't seem to be much either but that's okay I have my secret weapon. The Xbox Your Shape Fitness game for the Kinect!. Five days per week I do a 15 minute cardio workout and 15 to 20 minutes of Tai Chi. This is after my run or my strength training depending on the day. I have found that having a goal each day that I can check off gives me a sense of accomplishment and helps to keep me motivated and on track. Each item is a small goal that leads to the completion of my bigger goals. Not only that but I love running and the Kinect is super fun so each day's workouts are fun like a game. The only problem I've found so far is that I don't feel like I'm really working. I know I'm working out and I know I'm burning calories and I sweat and can feel my muscles working but I don't FEEL like it is "work". I wonder if its possible to lose weigh and have fun at the same time. I guess I'll see. emoticon

  


Attitudes of a Former Anorexic

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

As I enter day 3 I find myself questioning if this can actually work. I don't feel like I'm doing anything special or sacrificing and because of that I think I can't possibly lose weight. You see when I was in my early teens I was anorexic. It wasn't so much that I weighed so little that I was in danger health wise but it may have gotten to that point had I not been forced to change my ways. Anyway my tiny body weighed 95 pounds at 5'5 but the main thing was that what I saw when I looked in the mirror was a disgusting, obese, pig that would rather die that be fat. I know that's a terrible thing but in my sick mind that is what I saw. I ate an average of one snack bag of Fritos a day and still thought I overate. Perhaps if I hadn't gotten pregnant at 15 and forced myself to eat to keep the baby alive I would have ended up in the hospital.

19 years later I am overweight. Not obese in any sense of the word but overweight all the same. The problem is I occasionally still have the thoughts I had back when I was 95 pounds. "If I eat I will be fat." I know this is not true. I know that I must eat to fuel my body and even for it to lose weight. I know I must consume enough calories to run my body but burn more calories than I consume to lose weight. I know the reality of the situation but it doesn't keep me from thinking I need to stop eating. Stop eating so I can lose weight. Each day I have kept within all of the recommendations and have met or exceeded the exercise minutes but I still feel like I'm failing. I know it has only been three days but how can I possibly lose weight if I am consuming so much food? It's not a matter of staying motivated, it's not a problem to keep moving, or to burn off the calories I've taken in. The problem is making sure to eat and to keep the mentality and attitudes of my inner anorexic at bay. I wish I didn't care about my weight but I do want to be healthy and I do want to look good but part of that is to eat right. It's only day three I'm sure I'll be able to make it. Perhaps I will actually see some results and then I'll know that eating is the key to losing weight not starving. emoticon

  
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LEGALLYBLONDE81 1/9/2011 11:17PM

    When you were a teenager, your pregnancy allowed you to reorient your thinking about what was "eating properly". What can you use now to measure your success? Do you find that hitting your spark people targets helps? Do you trust the numbers on the scale? Can you let yourself set some achievable, healthy goals that when you meet them you will allow yourself to process them as success?

Maybe make a pact with yourself to give eating within the recommended range a chance for 4-6 weeks?

What you're doing is brave. It must be hard.

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Got Up and Went

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

As I come to the end of day two I can't help but to feel proud. I've never been one to give up on things that were important but I've also never been able to find myself and my health important. So far I've stuck with not smoking and with working the C25K program. With the start of the new year I decided I would lose weight that I would make myself something important enough to not give up on. For the last two days I've done well with my water and I'm actually starting to enjoy it a bit. It also makes me feel better about drinking my soda knowing that I earned it by drinking two glasses of water.

I did struggle with a few things today. It took me a while to get up and actually do the strength training exercises that Spark gave me for today. I was already running on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so I figured Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday should be strength training days. I didn't sleep well last night so it was a bit hard to work up the motivation to actually move. But I did it and finished all the reps and all the exercises. My only wonder is that I did all eight exercises once and then went back and did the second rep for all the exercises and then stretched. I wonder if that counts as I wouldn't want to do it wrong. Another struggle I faced today was actually reaching my goal for my nutrition. I found at the end of the day I was short on all the categories. I had to search for extra food that I didn't want in order to make it to my calorie, fat, and protein goals. Apparently carbs are no problem for me. I did it and didn't go over or under but I obviously need to find snacks or something to help me meet my nutrition goals. I don't want to under eat but I did find it strange to have to force myself to find something to eat when I wasn't really hungry just to meet the goals. I know my body needs food to help it be successful and healthy but at the same time I know I shouldn't eat when I'm not hungry. This is something I think I may struggle with for a bit. Perhaps when I go grocery shopping in a few days I'll find some solutions.

On a bright note I did add in my new fitness game for the Kinect to give me extra cardio on my non running days. I really enjoyed the program although I was a bit disappointed that it only burned 80 calories. I really enjoyed the Tai Chi cool down that I did even though that only burned 5. I will have to find a way to get my calories burned even though my graph says I'm burning more than I'm taking in which is good for weight loss. Hmm well I'm sure I'll figure it all out but for now I'm feeling like I'm off to a good start! emoticon

  


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