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One Step, One Bite, One Commitment at A Time

Monday, August 27, 2012

Yesterday I pushed through. All the way. To the end. I sucked it up and just did it. (A little nod to Nike.)

It was a challenging day. I've been dealing with some emotional "stuff" for a while and a bit of it bubbled up yesterday. Then, the late afternoon energy slump that has been my nemesis for the past several days hit like a ton of bricks. Between the two, I nearly cancelled plans to see a movie with friends.

But I didn't. I went to the movies and had a great time. I laughed until my sides hurt. Does that count as an abdominal workout? I hope so.

The long and the short of it is I went over in calories and under in exercise. But, as I reviewed yesterday's food and exercise trackers, I realized something significant. In the past I would have just kept on eating. I would have kept on eating things that were unhealthy (chips, ice cream, etc.) Instead, what threw me over my calorie intake was an extra serving of left over pot roast at lunch. And in the past I would have told myself at eight o'clock at night that since I hadn't exercised I should just forget it. But at nine o'clock, I got on the Gazelle and did 15 minutes.

So, bad day? Maybe? Good day? Definitely!

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DEE797 8/27/2012 7:32PM

    I like how you turned things around. WTG!

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ALISHAB3 8/27/2012 1:21PM

    Laughter is a wonderful treatment. And, that bounce back from going over on calories is a tremendous improvement and you deserve a gold star. emoticon

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Dealing with Energy Slumps or Hitting a Brick Wall

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I've been struggling the past couple of days. My motivation is there. I am meeting my exercise goals each day. I am hitting my calorie targets. I am sleeping well. I am waking up about an hour before my alarm goes off ready to go. Lots of energy.

Then around dinner time. Crash! Bang! Boom! Done. No energy. It's been all I could do to make it until 9:30 pm the last two nights to go to bed. I've been pondering what could be the cause. But I think it is simply that I have thrown my body into a tailspin.

I have fibromyalgia, diabetes and assorted food intolerances. After months of pandering to my desire to eat crap and not move, I woke up last Sunday, took my blood sugar and told myself "enough is enough". And that was it. I was back on my plan which helped me to lose 50 pounds before.

I reigned in my portions and amped up my walking. I'm back in the game. This is what makes the energy slumps so frustrating. I want to feel the energy I have at 5 am at 5 pm. But, I think my body just needs time to get used to its new expectations.

In the meantime, I will push through the evening routine and then pamper myself by heading to bed early and reading a lovely book while building up the energy to scale that brick wall in the morning!

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SASIKHASI1 8/26/2012 1:00PM

    Your body is rebelling against the change. Have you tried having a healthy snack such as cut up veggies or some fruit? That might help.

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IAM_HIS2 8/26/2012 10:14AM

    emoticon, honest blog!! Love it!! Can relate 100%. I am now praying and taking one day at a time. I keep remembering, I didn't get this fat overnight. So it will take me some time to change my eating habits.

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I Changed My Fitness Goals... Again

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This is the third time this week that I've changed my fitness goals. Every other day I've gotten a message asking me to increase them because I've exceeded my goal.

Exceeded my goal!!! Yippee!

I'm clearly excited that I have exceeded my goal (I just like seeing that I exceeded my goal in print!). But in reflection, it is clear that I originally set my goal far too low because I didn't expect myself to be able to do it. How many times to we set ourselves up for failure because we simply don't believe in our capacity to change.

So, as I review my fitness goals for next week I will be increasing them so that it is a bit of a stretch for me to accomplish. I want to do more. Do you?

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Sometimes you have to do the work in the bottom of the ninth...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Yesterday was one of those days. Busy. I mean really, really busy. I left the house without having eaten breakfast and had meetings that ran over the lunch hour. But thankfully I have squirrelled away some nuts, dried cranberries and some protein bars in my desk drawer. It took me 2 protein bars and a small handful of almonds and cranberries before I made it to "lunch" around 3:30 pm. Not ideal, but so much better than the nasty vending machine snacks or eating nothing and watching my blood sugar plummet until I am completely unproductive.

Had to really work it to get my veggies in for the day. They all came at dinner: spinach salad with cucumber and tomato and grilled zucchini and onions (topped with a little grilled chicken). Whew!

The game was close, but I won it in the bottom of the ninth!

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SIM1SAYS 8/24/2012 11:37AM

    Good job. You didn't let the day beat you.

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Stress? What Stress?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Like many people I have a lot of things in life that I have to manage. I have a fairly stressful job, home life, friends and family, church and volunteer opportunities. Add in exercise and managing my health. When any one of those things gets out of balance, it affects all of them.

Because I spend so much time at work, it is often a place where health and exercise plans get set aside. I've been known to eat lunch on the run, in bits and pieces as I can grab it and every once in a while, not at all. So, struck with 11 am meetings that run into the lunch hour and 1 pm meetings, I have begun showing up at meetings with my salad that I made for lunch. It's happened several times in the past week, so much so that my supervisor showed up at a meeting with her lunch as well. She looked at me and said "Looked like a good idea."

Stress reduced. Not just for me, but for coworkers. I can't change the crowded schedule, but I have been able to demonstrate that I will be taking care of myself and that means that If staff meetings are scheduled to interfere with my lunch or break, I will be bringing food because my health is important.

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NOTHIN2IT 8/23/2012 9:20PM

    Good for you! That's awesome ;)

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HEYITSLISA 8/23/2012 12:22PM

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