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One week plan

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm making a one week plan. I'm hoping if I make one week plans every week they will be easier to stick to.

Here's my plan:

Monday - Breakfast - hard boiled egg
Lunch - ceasar salad
Snack - Red seedless grapes, carrots
Dinner - Ham and cheese sandwich, baked potato, green beans
Workout - A ton of housework with some dancing in between, some home
chest/shoulder exercises and maybe a 1 mile walk with fiance.
Tuesday - Breakfast - Yogurt
Lunch - half of omelet, no toast, half hashbrowns
Snack - Pineapple and spinach smoothie
Dinner - Home made hamburger, green beans, baked potato
Workout- GO TO THE GYM FINALLY. 20 min cardio, 30 minute weights (back/bicep)
Wednesday - Breakfast - yogurt
Lunch - 2 Hard boiled eggs on whole wheat sandwich thin, strawberries, carrots
Dinner - Cheat day (Culver's for dinner)
Workout - Gym again hopefully. 20 min cardio 30 min weights (LEG DAY)
Thursday - Breakfast - yogurt
Lunch - 2 hard boiled eggs on whole wheat sandwich thin grapes, carrots
Dinner - Meet up with out of town friends - Grilled chicken sandwich at restaurant,
no fries. 1 light beer
Workout - 30 Day Shred at home or 2 mile walk outside weather permitting
Friday - Breakfast - yogurt and hard boiled egg
Lunch - ham and cheese on whole wheat sandwich thin, strawberries, blueberriees
Dinner - Attending a wedding so no idea what food is being served.
Workout - Rest Day bc of wedding.

Saturday - Breakfast - 2 scrambled eggs, one blueberry pancake.
No idea about the rest of food for that day.
Gym if possible.

I probably should space out the gym more but with stuff going on after work at the end of the week it's harder to do that. Hopefully I can stick to this plan!

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JADED_CHICK19 8/18/2014 4:33PM

    Sounds like a great plan!! Just take it one day at a time and stay focused and you will totally be able to do it!! Good Luck!


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So much stuff going on

Friday, August 15, 2014

I have had so much stuff going on lately and have not been on Spark as much or working out at all.

Part of the reason why I fell off was just frustration. I felt like I was working hard and not seeing results. It's really discouraging when you give up stuff you love, you workout and you don't see the scale move. I did have a few nonscale victories but some of them weren't enough for how I felt I was doing. So I just ef it and gave up.

Plus it's summer time and I'm always busy in the summer. I got it into my head I wanted to paint my front door. Sounds easy enough right? Well the paint was chipping so I couldn't paint over it. I decided to strip it with a chemical stripper. The inside portion was a pain but only took a couple days. The outside that's a whole other story. Layers upon layers of paint that did not want to come off. I had been working on it for about a week or two. So instead of going to the gym after work I was going home putting chemicals on the door, let them sit a bit and then scrape it off. I finally was getting down to where I could sand it and then the great Detroit Flood happened this week.

We got record rain and major floods all over the Metro Detroit area. It seems like just about every house in the area with basements had water come in. We were lucky and only had about 4-5 inches come in but it was up from the drain so it was storm/sewer water and not just rain water. It was stinky and dirty. Once it drained there was sludge all over the ground. Thankfully I'm NOT a pack rat and I've been cleaning my basement out lately anyway so we didn't lose anything valuable. It's been a chore to clean it all up though. Tuesday we had to get everything out and throw out any cardboard boxes and things with it that were damaged. I then took my garden hose and hosed the sludge back down the drain. Wednesday I bleached the entire floor. Thursday the one area that had carpet was STILL soaked and super smelly so I had to rip that up and haul it upstairs. So I guess in a way I probably worked out harder cleaning my basement than I would have at the gym. Going up and down stairs hauling heavy stuff is both cardio and strength!

Today I plan to bleach the area that had the carpet and bleach the plastic containers that got wet but weren't damaged and put stuff back in order in the basement. Saturday I plan to try to get back to the front door and get it sanded.

Soooo...with all of that. The scale has been bouncing between 159-161. Not too bad because it's not much of a gain but it's still higher than where I want to be. I really wanted to be below 150 by the wedding and that just won't happen. My goal is 155 now. I know some people can lose 10 pounds in 2 months but that just isn't possible for me. Probably because I don't have a lot to lose. Also because I refuse to give up some stuff that I probably should. Life is too short to not indulge at least sometimes.

My hope is once the basement is taken care of and the door will be almost finished (hopefully) by the end of the weekend I can try to get back to going to the gym a couple times a week next week.

A friend also invited me to Cedar Point in September for their Color Run. She doesn't plan on running it, just walking but it gives me motivation to train for it even if I walk it with her. If she surprises me and wants to jog a bit I want to be able to jog. I haven't done ANY running this summer. So I'm hoping to try to get back to that a little bit too.

That's all...oh and I had a job interview last week Thursday. The woman said "We will call you with an offer next week." Here it is Friday and no call so I'm guessing I didn't get the job. The plus side is, I told my boss about it because I wanted to give as much notice as possible and he offered me a counter offer to stay so I may get a raise out of this anyway!

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JES_VARNER 8/15/2014 11:35AM

    Sounds like things have been crazy! Congrats on the raise & great job getting the household projects done! Even if you aren't seeing the difference on the scale, you're making a difference in your health. Don't let the numbers get you down! emoticon

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Big decisions

Thursday, August 07, 2014

I may have a big decision to make soon. I am going on a job interview after work today. I'm more nervous about the possibility of leaving my current job than the actual interview itself. Here's a little background why.

My current job I've been at for 13 years. I've moved up in the company quite a bit but am at a level where there isn't much more growth. My duties include: receptionist, payroll, HR, customer service, a little accounting, a little shipping, a little production assembly if we have a hot job and are short handed and I can spare time. Overall a jack of all trades. My actual job title is Human Resource Manager. I HATE that aspect of the job. I suck at interviewing potential employees. It's for no-experience, no degree, barely above minimum wage position. Not a lot to ask and at that point I just want to give everyone a shot. I get by and find usually decent people. However, we've had a major problem with turnover in one department due to a horrible plant manager that I can't do anything about. The headaches from that department have been enough to drive me to bad habits some days after work (food or alcohol).

We've also been told that we're losing our biggest customer and we will do layoffs and paycuts but anyone who is left with the paycut will have to take on more. So more work, less pay. I'm all ready do a TON of other peoples jobs.

So those are all the reasons why I want to leave.

However, there are some plus sides to working here. Job security. For the most part, as long as the company is open for business and the guy who owns it doesn't sell, I'll most likely never get laid off or fired. I have insurance through here (health, dental, vision, disability, life). I have 4 weeks paid vacation because I've been here for so long. I can pretty much set my own hours. I work 6:30am-3pm. I do go to bed early to get up early but I LOVE having my afternoons free. I have 2 hours after work before my fiance comes up to get house work done, a workout in, start dinner, or whatever. It's nice to have some "me" time. I also go to therapy every other week and I leave work for two hours and then return.

I don't know a lot about the new position. I will learn more this afternoon. It's doing payroll using the some program I currently use which is good. It's for a nursing home which is more stable than manufacturing. I believe it pays more than I currently make and will definitely be more once my pay is cut in September if I stay here.

I LOVE some of the people I work with at my current job. What if I don't like the people at my new job? What if I suck at it and get fired? I'm not sure if I could come back to the job that I may leave.

I probably shouldn't worry until I actually go on the interview but it's a lot to decide and think about.

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FITWITHIN 8/7/2014 8:40PM

    I hope that your interview goes well. You will make the best decision that you see fit. Best wishes!

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New month, new plan

Friday, August 01, 2014

The month of July was a complete bust in regards to working out. I was fully prepared to have a great month and then I was injured and then sick. I pretty much just gave up on working out. Some weeks I didn't workout at all, other weeks it was just a walk here or there or one trip to the gym that week and that was it.

The plus side is I'm still staying fairly steady at about 158-160 pounds. I haven't lost weight which is a bummer but I didn't GAIN which is what I'm focusing on. I did try to be very good with my eating. It hasn't been perfect but it was pretty good. With the exception of this past week, I've limited myself to only eating out once a week for lunch.

My goals for August are to get back into a regular workout routine. I want to workout at least 3 times a week. More would be ideal but I am trying to be realistic here. I want to continue to only eat out once a week at work. We don't dinners out often so I want to keep that limited to about once a week as well.

I am wearing size 11 jeans right now which is exciting. A friend asked why I'm wearing 'juniors' and said I should be wearing women's jeans. I typically buy my work/dress pants in the women's department but you know how you find a brand/cut/style of jeans that looks good and you stick with it? That's where I'm at. Mudd skinny bootcut jeans are flattering on my shape so I buy them even if they are the juniors section! These 11's are a little snug but the 13s were way too big. It made my day when I was able to fit into the 11's. I've been stuck wearing 13s that are too big but 11's not fitting right for about half a year. So I'm thinking I've made some progress even if I haven't been working out.

Hopefully by the end of the month these pants are even more comfortable.

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EMMBEE4 8/1/2014 10:09AM

  You are an inspiration to me. I am fairly new to SP, and am looking forward to getting into those smaller jeans. I like how you adjusted your nutrition to compensate for the work out obstacles you faced. I wish the best to you in August.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ugh. So I haven't been around much lately. It's because I've fallen off track which seems to be usual for me. I'm still staying steady at about 160 pounds but it's frustrating because I was at 154 at one point. I just can't seem to get back there. I've had 150 for my goal for so long and now that I'm back up a bit, I'm making 155 my goal.

I want to say I don't know what's wrong, I don't know why I'm losing but in reality I do. The sad thing is, I have made so many life styles changes and I eat pretty healthy but not perfect. Most mornings my breakfast is yogurt and a hard boiled egg. Healthy and not high in calories.

4 out of 5 days at work my lunch consists of a hard boiled egg, whole wheat sandwich thin and then either carrots or fruit. When I get home from work I'll have a smoothie. Not a store bought one but a healthy homemade one. Fruit, spinach, almond milk and protein powder. I don't at sweetener or anything.

Dinner varies and that is maybe where it hurts me. We typically have a veggie (asparagus or green beans) baked potato (with butter...I can't have it without :( so that's what hurts me) and then baked chicken or in the summer a hot dog or a burger on the grill. I know those aren't healthy options but I don't see how BAD they are. I don't want to hate life, eat rice cakes and never enjoy food and be skinny.

I need to find a balance of food I enjoy and a weight I'm happy at. I have given up so much all ready (pop, cappuccinos, cookies, chips, pie, popcorn, etc) that I'm not ready to give up the other stuff I love. I've cut back on alcohol. I drink wine maybe twice a week and a beer once a week. Would giving that up really help me lose 10 pounds?

So then I look at exercise. Maybe it's not the food, it's my exercise. I will admit, I'm pretty lazy. I sit at a desk job all day. I do try to get up and walk around at work but it's not a lot. Some days I'll go to the gym and I'll have a kick ass workout but I'm only consistent with that about twice a week. Other days I'll go for walks or workout at home but sometimes I just don't have time. I work and then I have house work and yard work to do.

Or there's times like the past two weeks I've been sick and just don't feel like it. I'm exhausted today and have a horrible headache. I've had a sore throat and a nasty cough. It's hard to workout when the minute you start breathing heavy you break into a coughing fit that causes you to almost throw up you're coughing so hard.

So that's where I am. I'm trying to eat healthy, not working out as much as I should and just overall really unhappy today. Maybe it's because TOM is due but right now I just want to go home and cry.

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JADED_CHICK19 7/24/2014 11:23AM

    Awww...I'm sending virtual hugs to you. I know exactly what you mean by you don't want to hate life. I have the same thought all the time. As much as I want to lose weight and be healthy I also don't want to give up all the things I love. I think finding a good balance and letting yourself have a fancy coffee once a month or enjoying fast food here and there is ok as long as you are balancing it out with the rest of the week and working out. Sometimes life happens and we just need to take it on and not let it get us down. You can do this! You are amazing!

Hope you feel better soon :)


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