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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

OK, so we walked 20 min...not amazing, but not bad either. I had ordered new shoes a few weeks ago (they came the day I went out of town for work), so I decided to wear them, and they need to be broken in a bit (or else I just laced them too tight). But, lucky for me, whether it was 20 min or 2 hrs, my dog is now content to just sit by my feet while I type.

I am just feeling a bit...adrift? I'm not sure how else to phrase it. My job isn't as social as my old job was (I was a teacher, so I was hardly ever alone throughout the day!). I thought I would enjoy that aspect of it, but now I realize it is kind of lonely going into the office and not having anyone to talk to (which is part of why I like to work from home most days; that, and working in pajamas is nice...).

I am thinking about going back to Jenny Craig; I signed up for it in November (and paid for a full year membership), but quit in April because I couldn't afford the food every week. I would be able to afford the food now, but I am not sure if it's "worth" it; I lost about 20lbs in the first few months, then bounced back and forth within the same 5lbs for 2 months. I actually enjoyed the food (there were some things I didn't care for, but most things tasted great). And now that my schedule is more flexible, I don't have the excuse of having "no time" to eat during the day, then binge eating at night. I think I'll look through my old program booklets and think on it some more before I recommit; I want to be in it for the long haul.

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RDGISME 10/3/2012 7:55PM

    Way to go on the walk!! Pretty good pace if the dog's tired! As for as your getting back to Jenny Craig-do what works for you, but don't leave all the support here on Spark!! I look forward, as well as all your emoticon's, to sharing in our journeys!!

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Chasing after the wagon...

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Yea, so I fell off the weight-loss-wagon...AGAIN! I didn't think things would be as hard as they've been (or I've made them) these last couple months...

I just got back home this week after 2 weeks out of town for work. This included eating out for at least one meal each day (most of the time, 2), and hotel breakfast every morning (scrambled eggs with cheese, potato pancakes, bagels, etc.). It didn't help that the 2nd week there I got my period, so I was bloated and uncomfortable and eating everything in sight.

When I got home, I jumped on the scale...and was pretty devastated...I had gained more than TEN POUNDS...yep, that puts me only 13 lbs away from being back at my heaviest...and I am terrified! What on earth happened?

I'll tell you what happened: I picked up my entire life and moved across the country, changed careers, have no friends, have no set work schedule (I can come in to the office or work from home however I want), I stopped walking my dog because I don't want to go outside, I have become addicted to Netflix, I spend more hours on the couch/in bed than I do standing upright, I get fast food because it's "easier" than buying things to cook...and the list goes on...

Ok, so now I am just getting more annoyed with myself, and my sweet dog is looking at me because he wants to go for a walk (I can't believe he remember what that is), so I am literally going to finish typing this entry and take my dog for a walk. TO BE CONTINUED...

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SLEEPYDEAN 10/3/2012 6:42PM

    Well you laid it all out here - you know exactly what you need to improve on. Start small and don't set overwhelming goals. Walks with your pup are a perfect place to start. Maybe also pick a couple recipes you can make on a Sunday to have throughout the week to help with the nutrition side. Use all the resources Spark has to offer. Even doing one of the short Coach Nicole videos might help you to feel better and get you moving.


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There's an App for that...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

So, as part of my new job, I got a new phone (an iPhone). Since I am new to the area and everything, so far I only ever use the phone to talk to my parents :) but recently discovered the SparkPeople App, and it has been AWESOME! I take my phone with me when I walk my dog, and I've gotten into the habit of using the "stopwatch" feature on my phone as soon as we walk out the door. Then once we reach home, I can check the stopwatch and immediately track the activity! Even when we just go out for a quick "potty walk" (10 min or less) I still track it -- every minute counts, right!?!? And it's been great for tracking my water right then and there (if I don't do it right away, I tend to forget and then over or under track). I would highly recommend this App to everyone!

Today was a pretty good day; logged 40 minutes of walking! Harley and I did an extra lap around the park this afternoon, and now he is fast asleep on the couch next to me! :) I've been feeling kind of pressured (from myself) to come up with some sort of exercise PLAN -- now I realize I can start slow and just log our walks until I am into more of a routine and ready to add some more structure (like strength training).


Perpetually starting over...

Monday, August 13, 2012

So my eating has been out of control the last month or so. During the week, I eat practically NOTHING -- not in an effort to lose weight (I take a RX that severely limits my appetite), and then on the weekends (when I don't take the RX) I gorge on whatever I can get my hands on. Because of this, my weight has been bouncing back and forth within the same 5-6 pounds. Fortunately it's still pretty consistent from the last few months (only 10lbs higher than my most recent lowest weight).

This has led me to the conclusion that I (once again) need to get back to keeping track of my food. And not that I ever want to force myself to eat when I'm not hungry, but I need to get over using the side effects from my meds as an excuse to not eat during the day. It's just really hard when I became overweight in the first place by not listening to my body when it tells me to STOP eating or that I'm NOT hungry. I want to re-learn what it feels like to truly be hungry and then to stop eating when I feel satisfied.

I restocked my fridge/pantry this afternoon with a good variety of foods that I will actually eat. Because even if it's not the healthiest, at least keeping track of what I'm eating is a good place to start.

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NEELIXNKES 8/14/2012 11:32AM

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CLAIRELINN 8/13/2012 9:30PM

    Yes, yes, yes... That's exactly what you need to do and it's what I need to do. I have tried getting around it a bazillion ways...but it always backfires and I fail. The only time I am consistent in weight loss is when I track. I wish I had a brain like a computer that could keep track and zap me when I have hit my limit...but unfortunately...I don't.

Track, my spark friend...track. I will be right there with you.

My blog today and yesterday were very similar to yours. Feel free to go read...just so you know you're not alone. It was encouraging to read your blog and know that we are both on the same page.

Have a blessed week! Don't lose heart!

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Time flies

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wow, so I just read my last entry (from 9 months ago!), and so much has changed. I DID switch careers, just like I said I wanted to. It was (and is and will continue to be) a lot of hard work to be successful in this new field, but I am determined to do well. Do you ever notice though how it seems as if only one (or two or three) aspects of your life are allowed to be going well at the same time? Like, there has to be at least one part that suffers while the others go well. I have not made the official move to MN yet (my wonderful father is making the move for me on Fri/Sat). I have been living in a hotel since July 1st, and it has been hard not only to eat well, but to also exercise. Even though there's a fitness room in the building, I have only gone once. I'm staying in a "long term" hotel, so it has a kitchen and everything, so I was able to buy some groceries instead of eating out for every meal.

I only have one more week of hotel living (I am in Chicago for work training this week and next week), and then I will FINALLY have a permanent residence! Plus, my dog, Harley will finally be back with me!!! (he's been staying with my parents this whole time) I miss him so much, I'll be so happy when we can go for walks again...

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REDHATSHAPELY1 7/18/2012 10:45PM

    I'm so glad you made an important job change. Having the right job can be one of the cornerstones to a happy life. Good luck! emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 7/18/2012 10:41PM

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