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I'm back... I wish I was back earlier!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I kinda took a break from Sparking for about 2 years... I thought I had everything under control. I managed to reach my goal weight of 54kgs back in May 2011. I was super happy and it helped me enjoy the outdoors a lot.
Among the things I did was a lot of hiking. I climbed at least two mountains and one which was the tallest peak in Malaysia, about 4200m! I went on a solo adventure to New Zealand, did some hiking up hills and glaciers, rock climbing, sky-diving and zip-lining. I had the time of my life enjoying my health and fitness.
Here are some photos.

Work also went well. I got a promotion and though work is at times stressful, I enjoy it a lot. Relationship-wise didn't go too well though. I broke up with my boyfriend of earlier this year and it has been difficult to cope with being single again. I became depressed and work became the only thing I have now... I stopped looking after myself... and now, I am back worse than ever. I had gained 12kgs over the course of a year. I hate looking at myself in the mirror now and when things aren't working out at work I just cry.
I decided to come back here and be surrounded by the positive energy of my Spark Buddies again... in hopes that I could get the motivation to pull myself back together. I am still sad... I really loved him but it just didn't work out. I need to be happy again.. and start looking after myself again. I hope I have the strength.

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NELLJONES 11/4/2012 7:35AM

    Today really is the first day of the rest of your life. Sounds corny but it's true. Move forward doing what you can do, and eventually your immediate past will be something you will enjoy looking at.

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DOOBIE893 11/4/2012 6:13AM

    Welcome Back! Self-love and self-care are so important. emoticon emoticon

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Changing up my Food Menu and Trying to Stay Within Range

Monday, June 21, 2010

I used to easily stay within the range SP recommends for my nutrition. I just kept sticking to a one basic menu that worked - cereal for breakfast, fruit for snacks, a sandwich for lunch, and some sort of Asian dish for dinner. I grew bored of the same routine menu, so I started trying other foods and eating them at different times of the day. When I do, I always tend to go overboard or under in some areas. There will be days with not enough carbs, or too much fat etc.

I think I have to try going back to my old routine menu for a while. These past week or so has been an active week for me, going to the gym 5 times in a week and going hiking during the weekend; so I am not that worried about gaining weight. I am just worried I won't get enough nutrients to support that level of activity. I guess sometimes you just have to stick to mundane, boring stuff because that's the stuff that works...

I should try a Spark Menu one day. It's kind of difficult because some of the stuff that's on the Spark Menus are not sold where I am at... Maybe I can find some cool substitutes. Time to make a new grocery list! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 7/3/2010 9:53AM

  Sometimes the boring routines work best. With me it's a guessing game... I move foods around to get 'enough' proteins, fats, carbs etc. Best of luck. :)

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/1/2010 9:31PM

    In the beginning, I was always balanced in the tracker. Now, close enough is good enough - it all seems to balance in the end. I think you are doing a great job at finding what is right for you.

Keep up the great work!


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Pics of Me leaner, and healthier!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I went hiking on Saturday with my best friend and for once, I was ahead of her on the track. I had so much stamina and energy I even suggested we go down the hill and back up again! We didn't though because the sun had come up and it was getting hot.

(Lying on a rock at the top checking out the scenery)

I was wearing the same cargo pants I wore when I went jungle trekking in March but hmm? It felt really loose! The pants I am wearing in the picture used to fit snugly (about 3 months ago) with my tummy slightly hanging over the waist line. Now I can see my tummy muscles! Yeaah!(excuse the appendectomy scar and underpants showing)

Yess! That flab that was once on my belly is no more! I am back to my old flat tummy... (Thank you, strength training!)

My arms are looking leaner and thinner too, and I must say I look much healthier too. My bf commented on how I look much younger than I did back when we first met.

I think it has been 4-5 years since I've ever been at my current weight.
I'm almost halfway to my goal weight... I think I wouldn't mind staying at my current weight now. SP has taught me a lot these past 3 months, on how staying healthy is better than merely losing weight. I have to thank my Sparkfriends for all the support and advice. I'm going to keep on living healthy and no one's going to call me fat anymore!

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THANKFULL1 6/24/2010 11:58PM

    WOW!! nice work! Congrats. emoticon

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REENIT 6/22/2010 12:18AM

    Woo hoo !!!! Good for you. By the way - the tummy is rockin - got what I would give to have that one - yep - gunna work even harder with my trainer tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration

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MESEATURTLE 6/21/2010 9:59PM

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SOFTPRO 6/21/2010 9:14PM

    emoticon emoticon time to emoticon Keep up the good work! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/21/2010 5:08PM

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PENNEYV 6/21/2010 7:05AM

    You look great. Hard work always pays

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 6/21/2010 2:30AM

    emoticon You look GREAT! Keep up the GREAT work and it will pay off. You will be at your goal in no time. I'm proud of you.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 6/20/2010 10:40PM

    I love seeing people's hard work paying off. True inspiration.

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NYGHTWISH 6/20/2010 9:50PM

    Congratulations! Your hard work is definitely paying off emoticon

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Not doing too good these past few days...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I haven't been able to measure my portions well and end up having to eat food that I don't really know how it was prepared.
I tried my best to track everything and I haven't really been doing too well in the nutrition department. Some days I am over on calories and fat, and some days the carbs are too much. Some days I don't get enough of anything...
Today alone, I had used up my fat allowance at lunch time... I tried keeping the portions as small as possible, and I shouldn't have eaten that chocolate chip muffin. I knew it was a bad choice but my friend made it for me and she insisted... I gave in and just ate it.
Now I have to go the gym and burn off the extra calories, and then go to bed without dinner. Otherwise, I know I'd wake up tomorrow morning feeling terrible.
I need to refocus and try to improve my food choices next week. I have been slacking off and eating bad food for the whole week. Next week I promise myself I'll do better. emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/18/2010 1:11PM

  I wouldn't have skipped dinner. You need to eat all your meals without skipping. :( Skipping only ends up messing you up with your weight loss goals.

Don't punish yourself for eating that muffin.

Just get back up.. dust yourself off.. and, get back doing what you know what needs to be done.

You can do it!!

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 6/18/2010 1:05AM

    I have faith in you. I know you can get back on track. Don't give up on yourself. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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JUNEAU2010 6/17/2010 10:00PM

    If I were you, I would not skip dinner. Eat something - a piece of fruit, spinach. Something. That is diet thinking, to skip a meal as if you have to punish yourself. Besides, that would mean you would not eat from lunch until breakfast which is really hard on the body.

Instead of punishing yourself, think about what happened. Figure out an alternative to giving in to that chocolate muffin. Say or do something differently. Sometimes I take something like that if it would hurt their feelings, but I either give it to someone else, toss it or, if I am at work, leave it in the coffee bar - guaranteed it will disappear!

I'm concerned about what the cycle of skipping meals will do for you physically, emotionally/mentally.

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Made Fun of for Weighing Portions

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My family hosted a BBQ dinner for friends and family over the weekend. There was so much food and I couldn't help but want to try everything out.
I had actually done some preparation for the day...
I had eaten a light breakfast and lunch, and had spent a few hours at the gym burning calories so I get to eat more at dinner.

Everything went on fine, until a family member made a joke to entertain the guests about how I was always weighing portions. I weighed almost all of my food before eating so I could track them better in my tracker.
When I eat out, I often ask for nutritional values of the food I order.

I was in charge of the seafood grill today, and my brother joked about weighing the food I was going to eat. Everyone was laughing but I didn't feel discouraged.
I think controlling portions is a healthy habit, but I ended up losing track of what I put in my mouth! People kept bringing food and insisting on me taking a bite, so there was no chance for serious portion control. I tried my best though, sharing and stealing bites from my sister and brothers without taking a whole serving of everything.

I think it worked well though. I am still going to be weighing portions even if they keep making fun of me!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 6/14/2010 9:03AM

  GREAT attitude you have. Don't ever let *anyone* discourage you from doing what you think is right. :)


Comment edited on: 6/14/2010 9:08:46 AM

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K-SHIN 6/13/2010 10:57PM

    Oh I get that all the time for measuring my portions out. My sister thinks its a huge waste of time and that it's more trouble than its worth. She tries to discourage me and ignores the fact that I'm really trying to lose weight and keeps suggesting Sonic for meals. That's, like, THE most unhealthy place around here! As much as I love my sister, I don't like being around her at meal time. Or my parents for that matter because my dad makes the meals and he casually "forgets" what he doesn't want to emulate. =P

Good for you for continuing despite people treating it like a joke! It can be difficult but you sound like you've got a good grasp on things. emoticon

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 6/13/2010 10:47PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. Sorry to hear that they thought of it a joke. When I got that kind of stuff, I just tell them, "Hey, it worked for me"! And then it stops. I don't get it anymore. I guess they have gotten used to it now and I don't hear it anymore. You could always tell them, "I don't tell you how to eat, so pleased don't tell me". I wish you thee best and remember, you are doing this for you, not them!


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MSFITAL 6/13/2010 10:00PM

    Ugh. I am sorry to hear that folks didn't get what a smart choice you were making by being cautious about portion sizes but I am happy that you stayed firm and resolved in your habits!

Way to be strong and healthy!

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SOCKS117 6/13/2010 9:54PM

  Same thing happens to me - I ignore it too. I weighed the meat for a taco and my grandma was like "what are you on some kinda diet?" And I said no, I just like to know what I'm eating. (So there!)

Keep up the good habit.

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