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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Man, things have been busy! A very stressful time at work, and I started to pick up some really bad habits. Long story short, I was eating and drinking too much. Not good. And it really wasn't helping my stress levels- it was just making everything kind of spiral. Anyway, last week I decided enough was enough, so I quit a few things cold turkey- eliminated soda, coffee, alcohol, and sugar. And just general overeating. I've been back on my David Kirsch plan, which I love and always works for me. I started with his 7 day detox, which was rough, but not impossible. Actually, it felt great! I really needed to take some time and recharge and just make things simple to start (and protein shakes for two meals a day certainly makes things easy). Today is my first day off the cleanse/detox, and I feel amazing. I've dropped about 10 lbs (which is a TON for one week, but most was prob just water weight due to bloat and PMS- but realistically, still about 6 lbs). I'm below 140, which is right where I need to be to fit into my clothes and feel confident again. Whew. Sigh of relief. I feel on track and ready to transistion to the actual diet now (which is tough enough!)

So, first day of the diet, and it's going great. I haven't had coffee, soda, wine, sugar OR carbs for over a week. And other than the initial coffee migraines, I haven't felt that bad or had too much of a problem with cravings. It's been kind of amazing. My weight steadily dropped except the last two days when it stuck at 139.9. But I stuck with it, and wasn't even really concerned about the scale- which is odd for me, and today I was down to 138.6.

In addition to some of the bad habits I picked up, I also picked up a good one- I'm walking A TON. I got a fitbit to track my steps (and compete with colleagues) and it's incredibly motivating. I've taken to walking to and from work most days, and that is a great stress reliever. The metro is a bit of a zoo, so my hour to and from work is very relaxing. Plus, I find it a lot easier to just walk out the door in my gym clothes to walk to work than I do to drag myself to the gym (who knows why?) It takes a bit of planning to make sure I have clothes to wear at work, but other than that, it's been great. I am kind of dreading the cold, rainy weather, but for now, I'm going to enjoy it! Another bonus of fitbit, is that it works with spark! So I can link everything together. And now I have an actual phone that works so I can look at it all. Huge help.

So, I'm back and on track. Feeling pretty good. Goal weight is 130, with a little overeaching to consider if 125 isn't possible (we'll see). Ultimately, I'd like to get to 130 by Thanksgiving (I think I can), and then maintain through the holidays. Then maybe see if I can't get to 125 by my birthday.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/17/2013 5:22PM

    wow look at you go! I keep trying to wean myself off of coffee to see if it makes a difference.



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SHARONCAPPS 10/17/2013 9:36AM

  Great job. Keep working on it and your plan will work. Just don't let the stress get to you.

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I hope you developed a game plan to help you to not go sideways and off program when the stress level goes ballistic again. This always happens in life.

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2nd Day Back

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My second day back on track, doing well. Had a good start to the morning- got straight up and went for a workout, which is probably the first weekend workout I've done for about a month. So that was a great start, and kept me going through the day. Had a busy morning then, and my chores carried through into lunch time. Didn't have time for the healthy lunch I'd planned, but I managed to resist eating half my husband's ham sandwich. I ended up skipping lunc, which wasn't great, but came right home and made an early, healthy dinner. And didnt over eat even though I was hungry by then. Had a good dinner and have managed to avoid post-dinner snacking so far. Plan to keep it up and go to bed early. That'll stop any snacking temptation and also set my up to have a good start to Mon - I should be able to get up and workout before work.

Even got some studying in, which was needed, but I did have a drink with dinner, which I didn't plan on. (Had to call my mom, which def contributed to wanting a drink.) but I poured out my second, so not a complete loss. Still, I'd prefer to cut down on the drinking this week, so plan to really focus on that. Drinking really affects my willpower, so not a great part of a healthy day. Anyway, back on track now. Soon, off to bed and will be ready for a GREAT start to my week!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/29/2013 2:36AM

    Oh those tasty drinks can really lead us to lots of munchies...LOL I hear ya there.

Sounds like a great job :o)

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Been gone but now I'm back and I need some help

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Joined spark in 2009 and had some great success!, made it to my goal weight and beyond. And I even maintained it for about a year after I took my spark-hiatus. But I recently started a new job, which I love, but has shot my stress level up to about a billion! And over the last few months my weight has slowly been creeping up and up. This last month I finally decided to do something serious about it, and spark helped so much the first time around, I knew I had to come back. Before coming back, this last week I started creeping back up to 150, which I hadn't seen in years. So I put my foot down- time to refocus and get back to what works! I've been back on track for about 6 days now and am back to 145. Bit by bit, just want to get back to the 130s. I know with spark, i'll have the motivation to do it.

So glad to see some of my old friends still around! Hi guys! So glad to see everyone staying on track! I look forward to getting back on track with your help!

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LAWANDMUSIC 4/28/2013 7:00PM

    Welcome back!

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COLEYMERRY 4/27/2013 3:53PM

    Glad to have you back! You did it before, you will do it again. emoticon

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Quick update because life is calling- but I'm doing great! I'm totally back on track, and I have been for over two weeks now. Last week I was really strict about my diet- I mean I literally ate 100% clean, everyday, without a slip-up. Holy moly, did that make a difference! I finally began to shed some of the weight that I'd let rapidly creep back, and I'm not comfortably back in the 130s. Even better, my uniform fits perfectly! Basically, I'm comfortable in my skin/body again. I'm proud/happy that I kept up with my workouts even when I let me eating slip (although I obviously wish I hadn't done that!), but it's nice to shed this weight and reveal some of these muscles under here again. I can almost see abs! I'm very excited and I feel hopeful going forward that I can stick with this, I feel really good eating this way. especially avoiding soda. I can't even remember how many times I've cut out soda only to let it creep back again. I have got to remember it's pretty important key for me. I have no idea why, but I definitely eat more when I drink soda, I have no idea why.

While I'm at it, here's some other things I need to remember from this little (big!) lapse:

1. Ummm, it sucks. It really, really suck to work this hard only to regain it. It's mentally disheartening and bad for my body (my already limited tennis skills suffered when I was heavier). Mel- don't do this again.

2. Eating is way more important (in terms of my weight) than working out. *Caveat- this is true for me, I'm not recommending/directing this for anyone else. I was working out twice a day, running 4-5 miles a day and I was gaining like crazy. And I wasn't eating 5,000 calories a day or anything, but I was eating out of my range, and it had a bad, immediate effect on my weight. That being said, the workouts were effective in that I definitely see new muscles under here now that I've shed some of the weight.

3. I hate it when my clothes don't fit. Especially at work, I don't feel like myself and it's distracting.

4. Snacking for me can get out of control pretty fast. A few chocolates are ok, 10 are not.

5. I think that's it- except- DON'T DO THIS AGAIN. It is hard and annoying to get back on track. Better to STAY on track.

That's it, back to studying.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/4/2011 10:02AM

    Valuable life lesson you've learned! Mistakes happen, but they don't have to be repeated, do they. You've planned your work now, so work your plan and you'll be seeing more of those ab muscles!!

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PMP How I Did/How I'm Doing (Thanks Yoovie)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Confession- I've been having a tough time, and I don't really know why. It's kind of hard to put into words, but basically, I just haven't felt like myself. I feel unsettled and off-track, and worst of all- I've been unable to get back "on-track." I'm used to just general ups and downs and fluctuations in motivation, but when I've set my mind to it, I've always been able to get myself together and re-focus. And I'm having a hard time with that right now. This actually only pertains to my eating, my fitness/working out has actually been great (which I'll get to in a minute). But with eating, I have been a mess. To the point where my uniform doesn't fit anymore, and it feels like every bite I put in my mouth is harming me (this is a bit of an exageration, not everything I've been eating has been junky- but the portions and snacks have been out of control). It feels like I am eating to punish myself rather than to nurish myself, and I don't like that at all. It has definitely become a vicious cycle- I'm mad about the way I've been eating and to punish myself, I eat even worse. Sigh. Typing the words obviously shows just how self-destructive, and frankly ridiculous this is. It's just easier to identify the problem than it is to stop. But I think I'm on my way, thanks to the other part of my wellness equation- my fitness.

My fitness/working out has been perfect. I have never worked out like this in my life. I have never felt so strong or so fast. I have never laid out a goal and met it like I have in the last two weeks. Last week I worked out at least twice a day, every day. I would do a cardio sculpt early in the morning, interval runs at lunch and ST after work. I got to muscle failure with my abs three times last week, increasing my max sit-ups from 50 to 70 over the course of a week. I increased my sprint interval speed from 8.0 to 8.2. Yesterday I ran 5 miles in 45 minutes and I felt amazing and strong- hardly winded at all. I played tennis for an hour and a half on Sunday and walked to and from the courts for a total of a five mile walk. SO WHAT AM I DOING?

With all those physical achievements, what business do I have feeding my body junk? It makes no sense. Less than no sense, I'm actively sabatoging myself. If someone else were trying to do this to me I would literally consider them an enemy, so why am I doing it to myself? The answer- I'm not anymore. I just can't go on like this, I feel too fast and too strong to keep putting crap in my body. I'm an athlete and I'm going to start feeding myself like one. In fact, that started yesterday. I had sushi and fruit for lunch, no snacks, and then the biggest, most colorful salad with grilled chicken and egg whites that the world has ever seen. And I went to bed at 9. This morning I woke up clear-headed and energized (started with a morning ST session and am going to follow that with some intervals today).

So, the challenge. The PMP. Last week was HARD, but it saved me, it absolutely did. If not for the challenge I would have blown one of the only things that was making me feel healthy and worthwile- my workouts. So even though I didn't meet my numbers entirely (I didn't get in enough weekend ST), it felt like a success. Yoovie's right- I NEVER would have done as much as I did without the goal being set so high. As it was, I managed the first part of the challenge- 2 hours over 4 days. I did 30 minutes of lower body ST and 30 min of upper, plus 5 minutes of calisthetics at lunch (max sit-ups and push-ups on alternating days). And then two whole body routines. Whew. It was rough, and had to carve out every minute, but I did it. I also got to muscle failure 3 times with my abs (50, 60, 70, respectively). I only got in 20 minutes over the weekend though, but the weekend was tough for me, and I allowed myself something "fun" instead (tennis), otherwise I probably wouldn't have gotten out of bed.

So there you go. That's where I'm at. I'm happy with what I managed last week and it really helped dig me out of a hole (I think, I really need to stay focused and on-track with my eating or all the working out in the world won't help me). I have to figure out what to do for this week, because I've actually been pretty balanced during the last two weeks. I'm leaning towards legs/butt, because that will help my running/tennis.

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KKINNEA 9/20/2011 2:09PM

    Great job! You were making me tired reading everything you did - guess I need to punch it up a bit!

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JENN26POINT2 9/20/2011 11:43AM

    Looks like you're doing great with the workouts! Awesome!

What will it take to clean up the eats??

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