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Balancing Act

Wednesday, May 08, 2013


I have been really struggling as of late. I feel like the whole best laid plans of Mice and Men is happening to me.

I really need to figure out some balance and how to focus on more than one thing at once.. I am not a good multi-tasker. It seems like the weeks I'm really rocking the whole healthy lifestyle change thing are the weeks I'm not getting enough work done.

And the weeks were I'm hyper focused and stressed about work well I'm not doing so great on the nutrition and exercise front.

Somethings got to give here or I need to find some help or method to learn how to balance my life better.

Of course it also doesn't help that I also seem to have a self sabotage switch built in. The scale has seriously not been budging and it gets me so down, then I down like half a pizza or half a dozen who gives a sh#t cocktails. So that reaction isn't helping, its been a little better this week but I just feel liek I'm losing steam here. My motivation is at a severe low.


How do you guys handle balance in life? Any tips in balancing a hectic work schedule while still focusing on healthy choices, fitting in exercise, staying motivated, and still having some fun while doing it all?

  
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JENNIK2 5/9/2013 1:54PM

    Balance is so hard! I fell the same way. I try to exercise when playing with the kids and watching tv, but it is always a struggle.

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KPACE7 5/8/2013 10:19PM

    Balance is so hard. It takes organization and preparation. Time management is as precious as calorie counting some days.

I keep reminding myself that it is all worth it in the end. emoticon

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STRONGERLEANER 5/8/2013 9:45PM

    The balancing is not easy for me either. I think the important thing is that we keep working at it.

Life keeps changing and we have to adapt to it.

I guess it's a matter of setting priorities and being willing to change...but I could be wrong because I'm still working on the balance too!
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When I hear music it makes me dance...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Music had always had a big part in my life. I've found that in the last few years I've stopped a lot of things that really made me happy and really made me, me. I've let my weight gain really hold me back form things that are enjoyable especially in the music area. I stopped being in band because I was just kind of embarrassed of myself, I mean you can't really hide behind anything on a stage. I mean it's not like we had any gigs but merely discussing the idea would send me into a panic.

Or even going to shows, I love to get up front and dance and have a good time, but in the last few years I either hang far back or just don't go to avoid being the fat girl up front blocking everyone or worse getting looks because I'm taking up to much space dancing.

I also used to do podcasts and music reviews for my friends website. I really enjoyed doing them but then my friend started posting pictures of me at different events and i just couldn't stand knowing that everyone was seeing these horrible pictures. So I got really "busy" and stopped doing them.

It's amazing to think of how much I've left go of because of how self conscious I've become. The funny thing is that all my friends think I've got such great self confidence and I'm just wondering where its hiding at, I seem to have misplaced it in the last few years.

So one of my goals is getting back to all the music and activities I love. It makes life more fun.

I've downloaded some great music apps like indie shuffle, pandora, 8 tracks, and pitch fork. In the next year I plan to get back at playing the guitar and actually learning to play that keyboard
I bought like 3 years ago.

There's so many parts to this weightloss thing, its not just about diet and nutrition but about working through some stuff and learning to live the life you want to live. I used to think, well once I loss weight I'll do this, but I'm slowly starting to realize that just being on the right track and in the right mindset is what i need to start doing the things that I want to do.

  
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MCJULIEO 4/14/2013 5:03PM

    You CAN do this... and so can I! Thanks for the reminder!

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ANNEMAC5 4/11/2013 1:58AM

    Great blog. Sounds like you have a real passion for music it is sad that you gave up so much of what you enjoyed but glad you hope to get back to it.
Life goes on and there is no point waiting until you are a certain weight to start living
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ALPHAEVE 4/10/2013 11:44PM

    This is awesome, and I completely identify with what you said about quitting so many things because of not wanting to be the fat person making a spectacle.
Keep making music! The world needs more good music out there, so get on it! And while you're at it, keep enjoying music. As you work through all the emotional parts of weight loss, what better therapy, right?
Two birds with one stone, I say!

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LOUISE979 4/10/2013 10:03PM

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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Checking in

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I've started like 3 blogs this week but got distracted with other things, boy it's been a busy week.

So here's the run down.

Thurs- Worked during the day and then made it to the Picasso in Chicago exhibition at the Art institute. The hubs and i had lots of fun doing that. Ate a quick dinner at Roti, it was ok.

Fri- Hooky day with the Hubs! We both took a much needed day off from work. We spent the day wandering on Devon Ave, going in and out of little shops and grocery stores. We had a gift certificate for an Indian restaurant and had some really good eats. My favorite which is probably not that great for me was delicious! Also went to this really cool bookstore that had some interesting looking books but what did I buy? A bollywood workout DVD, hehe! It was my reward for my 10 pound loss!

Sat- Started good, went to brunch at my friends house. I made a fruit salad, did not eat any sweets, and stayed with my 2 mimosa limit. I was supposed to exercise that night but I helped clean and then had to get my purse which I left behind at my friends. I went to pick it up and we ended up staying to watch Harold and Maude, and I polished off the lasst of the mimosas. Whoops!

Sun- Went to my in-laws, lets just say I did not do so well. Although I was the victor in the easter egg hunt once again. We had planned to make up for not working out on Sat, but by the time we got home it was 9 pm and we were tired, and we let all the excuses overtake us and we lazily watch a movie instead.

Mon- Back on track, worked out, feeling guilty that I pretty much have not participated in the Team Challenge. Also realizing I have a real problem with weekends, sticking to a plan and also having balance between making all the right choices and having some fun.

Tues-Good news!!! Lost 1.5 inches from my waist and hips and 1 inch from my thighs, Woohoo!!

Did Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred- Eek was i feeling it during this. Had a stressful day at work and was tired but i made it through.

Weds- My muscles are sore from Jillian yesterday. Tonight I'm going totally old School and working out with Gilad, my dad and I used to work out to his TV show when I was in High School! hehe!

Well if the scale isn't kind tomorrow i only have myself to blame!

  
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MCJULIEO 4/4/2013 11:13AM

    Loved my one visit to the Art Institute!
Keep up the good work!

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SLFRISBEY 4/4/2013 9:24AM

    It's shameful to admit but I have lived in Chicago for about 7 years and have never gone to the Art Institute. I need to remedy that and soon! Glad you have seen awesome progress! Keep up the good work!

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Fingers crossed!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Last month I gained weight during my TOM, I pretty much always do but this time with the help of being part of a team challenge and reading up and being prepared I was ready for it.

I pushed through and did my exercised even when I was feeling heavy and bloated and just like crap. You know what I discovered? Working out seems to help with my cramps, I mean I still got them but they were not as debilitating as normal. Exercise also seemed to help with bloating and back pain.

Normally I pretty much give in to all my craving or feel like I'm struggling the whole time but I've stuck to my menu planning and have not given into my cravings. i did have some dark chocolate but totally stayed within my calories.

Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will still result in a weight-loss, at the very least I'm hoping it keeps me the same weight so I don't cost my team any points.


Tomorrow we will see.

  
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ILIKESUNFLOWERS 3/29/2013 10:46PM

    Good Job. emoticon It's not easy to push through things. You did it both with exercise and food.

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SLFRISBEY 3/28/2013 2:38PM

    Nice!!! I was always told when I played sports in high school that working out helped with cramps so even though I hate working out then, it really helps. The only bad part is that it hurts more for me later in the day/ night. Keep it up Girlfriend! you got this!

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ZRIE014 3/28/2013 12:22AM

  luck with come and keep up

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Zumba! Why is this so fun?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I admit it, Zumba is fun.


I resisted it. I mean that music is NOT the kind of music i listen to. I'm not a club kid and I've never been, take me to a punk rock or good indie rock show and I'm a happy happy gal, as long as it's good.

But there's something about Zumba that's just kind of infectious, I definitely feel a lil silly but it's kind of fun feeling silly. It's fun to shake your money maker while shimmying up a storm. Stomping around while swirling those hips, there's just something about it.

Anyway i'm incorporating it as my cardio in my own homwgrown circuit training plan.

5 minutes zuma, followed by 5 minutes of weight traing and body weight exercises like push ups, crunches, plank, presses, etc. But no resting in between at all, go right from one into the next.

(Oh the plank is a killer!)

We did 45 minutes of that today and it took me over 15 minutes for my body to get back to its resting state and I was sweating buckets. A good workout all in all and I look forward to doing it again.

About an hour afterward i realized that I did not count my pushups for the pushup challenge, so the mat came out and i did them even though my arms felt like they was going to explode!

  
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SLFRISBEY 3/28/2013 2:45PM

    Bring it! Next Tuesday we can have a Zumba date! :)

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JDBENNING 3/27/2013 1:39PM

    Zumba is SO much fun! I love it too! The workout just flies by! emoticon

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JENNIK2 3/27/2013 12:20PM

    I just got Zumba Wii and I love it! I also was resistant to Zumba, but I love it! Your idea about circuit training sounds great, I'm going to try that.

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MEDUSA1977 3/26/2013 6:18PM

    I'll have the check out the Chase park classes, thanks lovelies!

@Stephanie- I just might see you there, sounds like something I need to check out!

@JME Oh my god, I'm sorta obsessed with my Zumba Wii. I bought it on a whim and it really is sooo fun, which I don't think I've really ever said about a workout yet :)

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JMEPAYNE 3/26/2013 2:22PM

    Zumba is fun! it is so not my kind of music either and I look NOTHING like the instructor (SLFRISBEY can attest... I went the the zumba classes at chase park with her lol) I have a zumba wii game and did a zumba workout on sunday... have one scheduled for tonight too!

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SLFRISBEY 3/26/2013 9:20AM

    I love zumba! It's the best thing ever! There is a class on Tuesdays at Chase Park (Leland and Ashland) for $5 a class. It's a BLAST! I need to get back. The instructor just had a baby and has had a sub for the last few months but she will be back April 2nd so I might go back then!

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ANNEMAC5 3/26/2013 2:06AM

    We are both on the red team and I have just written how I am making excuses for not exercising and saw your blog. You make me want to try a bit of Zumba. A positive inspirational blog. Thanks
Anne

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