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How Did This Happen?

Friday, July 30, 2010

This last week I lost 2 lbs. I normally lose 1-3 lbs each week, so 2 is good. I was surprised that I lost at all this week because last week I came down with a cold. I worked out Monday and Tuesday of last week, but not again until close to a week later, so I went 5 days without working out, which is the longest I've gone since April. I didn't feel bad about it. The cold I had was pretty bad, I wasn't getting sleep and with my husband working 6 days a week lately, I have no help with the kids. Taking care of kids all day when you're sick is absolute torture. I was exhausted and achy and genuinely felt like I needed the rest. I didn't track one day I felt so bad and most of the time was eating irregularly and stuff that was just easy to throw together. I kept eating ice cream because my throat hurt and some days would eat a big bowl of that and then a sandwich and not much else. I figured since I wasn't eating as well as I had been that I'd gain weight or not lose any.

A few weeks ago I had one of my best weeks. I ate really well and exercised a LOT. I had the most exercise minutes that week of all the weeks since I started tracking. That week my weight did not budge. I was so annoyed and couldn't understand it.

So, how does this make sense? The week I worked out more, I didn't lose. Either way, I can't complain. I've done well overall. My total weight loss is 35 lbs since April. I can fit into jeans I bought in 2002 and that I haven't been able to wear comfortably since before I was pregnant with my son, who is now 6. I was able to wear them (but I was like a stuffed sausage) in 2007, but then started gaining weight after I had weaned my daughter.

Lately, I feel like I'm struggling more than I was in the beginning. My husband has been working 6 days a week. He works on the railroad and is almost never home for dinner unless it's a day he's not called out. It's so busy in the summer and trying to keep 2 kids entertained all day is exhausting. It's harder making dinner and keeping an eye on them, so sometimes I haven't made dinners that are as good as what I made before. I generally save the more labor intensive dinners for when my husband is here so he can corral the kids. It's also been harder finding time to workout. When school was still in, I'd do it during my daughter's naptime and while my son was still at school. Now I'm often having to wait until 8:30 or 9 at night when they are in bed. The days are just too busy when I have no one here to help with them. After taking care of them for 12-13 hours straight with no break I am pooped. But, I am still working out. I am not stopping just because I feel like doing nothing. I will not give up. I haven't done everything perfectly, but that's ok. One day at at time...

  
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BECKYB73 7/30/2010 5:45PM

    I'm willing to bet that running after two kids is a workout in and of itself! Soon fall will be here and you can get back into your routine' but until then, it sure sounds to me like you're making the most of what you got!!

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TRACYDUKA 7/30/2010 10:18AM

    *HUGS* I don't have two, but I do have a somewhat hyper 19 month old that's discovered the art of screaming until he turns purple. So yeah, it's HARD to work out. It's hard to clean, it's hard to cook. And he's starting to resist sleeping at naptime. That's when I'd exercise, now, it's a fight to get him to nap, and when he does, I'm LUCKY if he is sleeping 30 minutes. So I'm feeling you. He gets up at 7 and I am lucky if I can get him to sleep before 11pm. Ahhhh yeah, that's making working out pretty hard to do. I'm still not consistent with it because I have no consistent time to do it. (Oh and my boyfriend leaves for work at 7am, comes home at 6pm (IF he's not working OT) and is working 6 days a week. So I do understand that too!)

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I didn't turn to food

Friday, July 02, 2010

This evening I was very angry and upset about something to do with a certain family member. I was seething and frustrated and just wanted to get away from everything. I got my shoes on, the dog's leash and we went for a walk--after 10 pm.

This is huge for me. If this had been a few months ago, I'd have dealt with my frustration by getting a carton of ice cream and eating a large amount of it. What's weird is that I didn't even think to do that, or want to do that. I was rounding the corner of my street when it occurred to me what I was doing, which was walking for comfort instead of eating. That made me smile.

It was an almost perfect weather day here. We've had such hot temps for weeks (near 100 or over), and it was nice to be able to open the windows. It's a beautiful clear night and the crisp air made me feel alive, and more calm than I was. I could see all the stars, and found the big dipper (that and Orion are the only ones I can ever seem to find) and it was a great walk.

My issue is not solved, but I was able to do some thinking and clear my head a little. Instead of hurting myself when I was already down, I did a good thing for myself. Tomorrow I will continue to be strong. I am the captain of my soul! Thanks for that, Becky!! :)

  
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BECKYB73 7/2/2010 4:31PM

    This is AWESOME!!! I love those kind of nights, where it's clear and cool...What a great alternative to heading for the comforts of ice cream. I'm proud of you! emoticon

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MONIQUE138 7/2/2010 2:36PM

    It's great that you decided to do something else. Taking a walk at night is good especially when the air is a little cool and also quiet. I need to do that too just to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I live in the suburbs but it would be great to do that when I get home and less people are about. You stayed strong and you stayed concious of your weakness and that's always good. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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Belly Dancing

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Finding different ways of exercising seems to be one of the keys to help me stick with it. I'd get bored of always walking or doing the same workout video. I was browsing through the many tv channels that we have (but that I never watch) and found FitTv! The show that happened to be on was Shimmy, a belly dancing show.

After watching for a few minutes, I was compelled to get up and try it. I'm so glad I did because it was so much fun! I went through with the TIVO and recorded several episodes. I've been doing them a couple times a week and I really enjoy it. I know that I am not as graceful as the women on the show, but the important thing is that I'm having fun and moving my body.

It's not something that is going to burn tons of calories, but you can really feel it working all your muscles and it feels so good. I'd love to eventually take a class. It's such a beautiful dance and it makes you feel very sensual and womanly. :)

So, if you haven't tried it, I'd recommend it! Most of moves are ones you can modify if you can't do them the exact same way. It gets you moving and makes you feel good. I think it's good to try something new and add variety to our workout routines.

I've also recorded some other dancing shows. One was Brazilian Samba and I really enjoyed that also. It's much more fast paced and calorie burning, but still fun and unique.

What have you tried recently that was something new for you?

  
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ALEZHANDRIA 6/30/2010 10:00PM

    I LOVE Shimmy! It's wonderful to stack the sessions if you get the chance. The setting is beautiful, the women are gorgeous, and the instructional voice is soothing and clearer than any dvd I've ever tried. I'm so glad to know someone else who enjoyed it. It doesn't burn a lot of calories but it does target the stomach very well and I saw wonderful results when I could do it regularly.

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SUNSET24 6/29/2010 8:49PM

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh that sounds exciting, great post!! emoticon

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TRACYDUKA 6/26/2010 1:10PM

    I have a belly dancing video. It's a fun shake up. I don't have a tivo or dvr or anything like that so I can't record any shows to do. I wished I did, or I'd do just that and have a different exercise every day of the week! You're body can't get too used to that!

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MRSMLBJ 6/26/2010 11:48AM

    We do belly dancing plus other types in my water dance class. Add water resistance to that and it is even more fun. Keep it going!

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INTREPIDONE 6/26/2010 11:46AM

    I felt adventurous a few months after my last child was born and ordered a belly dancing DVD to tone my tummy. I really don't know what I was thinking. I've never had any rhythm or been able to dance and it was just so embarrassing (even though I was by myself). That DVD needs to be donated to the library!

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I shredded

Monday, June 21, 2010

No, not lettuce. :) I did the Jillian Michael's 30 day shred on level one. Wow. That was hard!!! All of my appendages feel like ramen noodles.

I bought it a month or so ago and watched it and didn't even want to attempt it at that time. There were lots of jumping jacks and I wasn't able to do those well then because they killed my knees and ankles. Today I decided to try it, just to see how much I was capable of doing. I have no plans to do it everyday for 30 days, at least not at this point.

Well, I really surprised myself! I kept up pretty well, although on the 2nd set of pushups I was not keeping up and didn't do as many as they did. I also couldn't do the butt kicks very well, but I did well with the jumping jacks! Towards the end, I started to feel for a second like I might throw up. So, I marched in place for a few seconds until it passed and then kept on.

When it was over I collapsed on the couch to rest and drink some water. I need to go shower in a few because I was drenched in sweat. So, while I am not going to do this everyday, I think I might try it every week or so and see how I improve. Honestly, I didn't think I'd be able to get through it as well as I did. That is one hard workout, and one that I don't think is meant for someone who is more than 100 pounds overweight!

After working out, I went online to enter it into my fitness tracker and was stumped at how to do it. I did a search and found a team for it, and they said to enter it as circuit training, which I did. It burned more than 500 calories. In 27 mins!! Phew. I am beat and still need to go to the store later, but it feels great to have accomplished that.

What have you done lately that surprised you?

  
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THEWEIGHTSOVER 6/21/2010 6:16PM

    Congrats on doing the shred! I am way too far from fit to even attempt it at this point but I can't wait to get shredded too. Sounds like fun. emoticon

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BECKYB73 6/21/2010 4:38PM

    You are so awesome! Congratulations on shredding it!!! I got a "Hard Core" Leslie Sansone video this weekend ROFL! It sounds like some of Jillian's moves are what we do in Water Aerobics.

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MAKEDAMNSURE2 6/21/2010 3:58PM

    I contribute most of my weightloss to the shred!! Keep on shreddin baby you will love the way it tones your arms and legs! Also try her other DVDS as well! But I would suggest those for down the road when you are more comfortable with a "longer version" of the shred! Keep up the good work :)

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CYBORGKITTEH 6/21/2010 3:57PM

    I read so many good things on that DVD I think I should buy it. Well done for doing it emoticon

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Good Changes

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Normally I am not a person who loves change. I am a very organized person who thrives on routines, so surprises are often upsetting to me. When things do no go as planned, it tends to make me feel a little crazy and stressed.

However, I am LOVING all the changes in my body lately, because instead of feeling tight, my clothes are now noticeably looser. I can fit into old clothes I've been hanging onto hoping that I'd be able to wear them again some day. Sure, I could have been wearing them, but I hate really tight uncomfortable clothes (and looking like a stuffed sausage) so now them being loose feels so good. A pair of capri pants I have actually sag down my butt!

Today while driving I noticed my stomach isn't so close to the steering wheel. My legs are fairly short, so I have the seat pulled up close to reach the pedals, and today I noticed that instead of my stomach almost touching it, I had a good couple inches of room! So, I slid the seat up a little more and can reach the pedals even easier now!

There are other things I have noticed as well, and this may be TMI for some people, so I am warning you now. But, when husband and I, um, DTD, we fit together easier. LOL This is something I noticed the other night, although I am not sure if he did. Even when I am in the shower I can shave my legs with ease. We have a stall type shower and not one of the ones with a seat, so shaving in there is a pain. I can easily bend over and do it, or even stand with one leg up and do it. The other day I caught myself doing this and surprised myself.

Today was a picnic for my son's field day and there isn't a lot of parking at his school, so you have to park way up on this hill and walk down to the school. The picnic was on the other side of the school. I had 2 bags to carry and my 3 year old to keep track of and in the past I would have thought to myself, "UGH, I have to walk ALL that way and it's hot and I don't want to." I didn't even think that today, and I didn't realize it until we left and had to walk UP that hill. It wasn't a problem. I wasn't out of breath. During the Kindergarten orientation back in September, I was walking up that hill huffing and puffing, and now it was easy peasy lemon squeezy!

It's amazing the difference you see in just a couple months of exercising and eating well. I feel like a new person in so many ways. When I look in the mirror I don't think I look all that different yet, but I feel so good about everything I've done, and will continue to do. I've tried different types of exercise (like dance) that I never would have done before! It will be exciting to see where I am by the end of this year. This is it. I can feel it. emoticon

  
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.DUSTY. 6/17/2010 11:11PM

    Elizabeth, you been doing so AMAZING and I'm sooooooo happy for you!
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ALEZHANDRIA 6/16/2010 9:14PM

    Awesome, awesome differences! I love when all those things the scale can't say come to our attention and let us know how much we've changed! emoticon

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DARKTHOR 6/16/2010 6:05PM

    Those are some awesome changes, congratulations! Be proud of yourself, you made this happen and can do more and more in the days to come. Make each day a great day!

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BECKYB73 6/16/2010 5:01PM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you, You're really doing it!!! WOOOO!

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AKJADE 6/16/2010 3:21PM

    YA! emoticon emoticon I am going thru the same things! Isn't it great?!?! I noticed I'm not as close to the steering wheel, my clothes are baggier, it's GREAT! It's so wonderful you are noticing these things, I think it's fantastic! Great great job!

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