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November Progress: Hanging in there

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I thought I'd give you guys an update on how my November is going so far. I'm not going to lie. It's been a tough month for me so far.

November is my least favorite month of the year. It's dark all the time (sun already sets at 4 pm here), it's always cloudy and foggy. The weather affects my mood so much, and every year around November, I just start losing my energy. I'm tired all the time. I find myself feeling sad/depressed for no apparent reason. I go through the motions but I just feel... melancholic. The mornings are especially tough - I've never been a morning person, but the darkness just makes it so much worse. Going for a walk isn't at all tempting in this weather when the nature just seems... dead.

It's tough. Especially when you're an emotional eater. There's so little to do (because it's dark and cold) that cooking/baking/eating/watching TV seems like the only comforting, fun thing to do. You know? I've been having a tough time avoiding emotional eating, it's a constant battle. So far, I've been mostly successful and I'm really proud of myself for tracking my meals and for doing as well as I have this month despite everything. Emotional eating is a really tough habit to break. A lot of you probably know what I mean. If I feel sad/anxious/depressed/tired - FOOD! Food is the solution! A tub of ice cream and some TV! That MUST BE THE ANSWER! But it's not, and I know it. I feel like I'm being tested right now, pushed to my limits. I try to add in some small treats here and there and it helps a little. Right now I'm just trying to hold this together, no matter how hard it is sometimes.

I'm not going to make any excuses - the weather is what it is, I can't help it, I just have to stay focused on my goals and do the best that I can!

For the rest of the month, my goal is simply to survive this month without gaining any weight! Honestly, that sounds like a realistic to me right now. If I lose weight, GREAT (!!!), but the important things is that I MUST MAKE SURE I DO NOT GAIN ANY WEIGHT.

My updated goals for the rest of the month are:

- Have a calorie deficit of at least 300 calories a day (6 days a week)
- Go for a walk. (7 days a week)
- Do strength training. (3 days a week)
- Track my meals and post my daily calorie differential on my blog. (7 days a week)

How is your month going?

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IUHRYTR 11/25/2014 5:21PM

    Not gaining weight can be a success in times like this. Hang tough, Annie! emoticon -- Lou

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KALEWINE 11/25/2014 1:17PM

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IGSBETH 11/22/2014 12:28PM

    I am in a similar place. You are strong, and you can do it.

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KRISZTA11 11/19/2014 2:53PM

    I can imagine a dark, foggy and cloudy November as an energy vampire.
As others before, I too think some light therapy could be helpful.
I used to have similar symptoms in winter, but I not anymore since I walk or run outside every morning + I use a very simple, small blue light therapy lamp every morning from mid November (Philips).
The sky is dark blue almost everyday before the sun comes up, even if it turns into gray later, so it is worth venturing out!
And the weather is always better outside then it looks from the window.
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TEENY_BIKINI 11/19/2014 11:31AM

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FUNLOVEN 11/18/2014 8:47PM

    I understand exactly what you are talking about when the weather turns cold and it feels dark all of the time. There have been many articles about S.A.D. and I agree with KING_SLAYER that you might want to research sun lamps. I too am not a morning person so there is no question of doing anything other than getting myself going in the right direction with one foot in front of the other - LOL! With that being said, you might want to consider changing your night time routine up a bit. You might benefit from some activities that get you out of the house, socializing with others, and/or gives you something to look forward to.

I'm sure you will figure something out. Just don't give up!

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KING_SLAYER 11/18/2014 4:29PM

    Sounds like you need a sun lamp in the house to give you the feeling of sunny days! Hang in there, you're doing great and you will make it out of November just fine!

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/18/2014 2:37PM

    The weather does have a huge impact on how we feel. Hang in there though! It sounds like you are doing great and this month will be a success in spite of any temptations!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/18/2014 1:02PM

    I think I do understand this, sometimes when we have too many gloomy days, I just don't feel up to par, really don't like that feeling. I usually crank up my music dance and sing with all the light on, brightens my mood. Don't have too many days like this where I live though, so I do understand, hang in there. emoticon

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 11/18/2014 11:38AM

    Looks to me like you are doing great. You are aware of all the pitfalls of this time of year and your coping strategies to deal with them. That's awesome!

My coping strategy for the short winter days in Canada is to go somewhere warm emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/18/2014 11:20AM

    You are more than half way through the bad month. hang in there

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Thursday's Calorie Differential & Goal Progress

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Calories:

Eaten: 1,498
BMR: 1,820
Exercise: 178
Total Burned: 1,998

Differential -500


Goals:

Go for a walk (every day). (4/7 days)
Track my meals (6 days a week). (4/6 days)
Post my calorie differential and track my goal progress on my blog (6 days a week). (4/6 days)
Have a calorie differential of at least -500 (6 days a week). (2/6 days)
Do strength training (3 days a week). (0/3)


A good day except that no strength training today either... I'm having a really hard time motivating myself when it comes to ST!! Tomorrow I'll aim for at least 10 minutes after my walk. It's a start!

  
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KALEWINE 11/16/2014 10:49PM

    I know what you mean about strength training. I had a very hard time motivating myself at first. But I recently joined our community rec. center and they have many different weight machines. I tell myself that I can't skip a workout, or I won't be able to add more weight. I like to try to accomplish things and adding more weight feels like an accomplishment.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/14/2014 1:14AM

    IUHRYTR has good suggestions. Simple body-weight exercises are a great start. Check out the SP library for ideas. Keep up the good work!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/13/2014 3:51PM

    Glad you had a good day. I know what you mean about that strength. I am going to try and do tonight. I will put in on my feed too that way you will know if I did it or not. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/13/2014 3:07PM

    How about doing pushups to start -- against the wall or inclined leaning on a kitchen counter -- and some triceps dip using the counter? Have a large container of water or milk? Lift it several times for bicepts curls. Small steps but may get you going. -- Lou

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DAVIS_6311 11/13/2014 2:48PM

    emoticon ST is very important! Trying to incorporate a little at a time is a GREAT start! Great job so far! emoticon

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Wednesday's Calorie Differential & Goal Progress

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Calories:

Eaten: 1,498
BMR: 1,820
Exercise: 254
Total Burned: 2,074

Differential -576


Goals:

Go for a walk (every day). (3/7 days)
Track my meals (6 days a week). (3/6 days)
Post my calorie differential and track my goal progress on my blog (6 days a week). (3/6 days)
Have a calorie differential of at least -500 (6 days a week). (1/6 days)
Do strength training (3 days a week). (0/3)

  
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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/12/2014 6:21PM

    Great plan. I did go for a walk today, need to work more on my strength. emoticon

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Tuesday's Calorie Differential & Goal Progress

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Calories:

Eaten: 1,742
BMR: 1,820
Exercise: 254
Total Burned: 2,074

Differential: -332


Goals:

Go for a walk (every day). (2/7 days)
Track my meals (6 days a week). (2/6 days)
Post my calorie differential and track my goal progress on my blog (6 days a week). (2/6 days)
Have a calorie differential of at least -500 (6 days a week). (0/6 days)
Do strength training (3 days a week). (0/3)


Didn't meet my calorie deficit goal today but I'm getting there! I've been in a weird mood and I've had to deal with a lot of stress and anxiety this week... Because of that I've had a hard time avoiding emotional eating but I'm hanging in there and making sure I go for my daily walk even if I don't feel like it. It's not always easy but I'm doing the best that I can and I'm determined to make the rest of the week better!

  
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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 11/12/2014 6:22PM

    I still have a hard time when I am stressed. Today I was eating lots of carrots, trying very hard not to go for those cookies, so far so good. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/11/2014 8:30PM

    I admire your positive attitude. I KNOW emoticon. -- Lou

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Monday's Calorie Differential & Goal Progress

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Calories:

Eaten: 1,807
BMR: 1,820
Exercise: 310
Total Burned: 2,130

Differential: -323


Goals:

Go for a walk (every day). (1/7 days)
Track my meals (6 days a week). (1/6 days)
Post my calorie differential and track my goal progress on my blog (6 days a week). (1/6 days)
Have a calorie differential of at least -500 (6 days a week). (0/6 days)
Do strength training (3 days a week). (0/3)

  
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