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I Finally Got Myself Out of Bed...And Survived!

Monday, September 10, 2012

For months, maybe like 12 :-) I have been in this no win cycle of knowing deep down inside that early morning exercise is best for me, but then sabotaging myself into believing that I am just too tired and CAN'T get out of bed, "I'll sleep in this morning and I'll workout tonight when I get home." Then I get home and there's really not much left of me for working out and there's tons of other things that need done. Not kidding, this has been the story of my life everyday for far too long. I even set my alarm every night early enough to workout in the morning, just to reset it once it goes off "too early". I almost did the same thing this morning. I did lay in bed longer than I should have, having this debate in my brain whether to do the same thing I always do or actually get out of bed and do something. But the words I read a few weeks ago of another blogger kept running through my head...I have never regretted a workout, but I have regretted skipping them. I have felt regret for far too long. So I got up and did the 30 Day Shred. I could have easily used laying in bed too long as another common excuse for me "Now it's too late and I won't have time to get ready for work". But I did it and will just have to clean up the best I can without my full getting ready routine that I do most mornings. And how does it feel....GREAT! Yesterday I was having that regular conversation with friends about losing weight. And when I started talking about my struggles they said, "But you are such a determined person." And I am, in every other aspect but my health and that needs to change. I have things I want to do, besides just being skinnier, like go backpacking with my hubby and I finally want to say that I'm a runner someday. And my hubby and I have talked about taking a bike trip where we just ride to a different destination each night and camp. I think that would be so fun, but I can't do that or take a backpacking vacation if I don't get in better shape. And that's not gonna happen unless I make it!

  
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SPARKLINGHOPE 9/10/2012 1:35PM

    emoticon I have problems getting up in mornings so I too am working on that :)

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I Am Going To Be A Runner

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

So yesterday I posted on one of the message boards about this. I want to be a runner. But I let myself get in my own way. I have been getting Runner's Magazine for about two years. I think I signed up for a free subscription at a store when I purchased something. I have never been in shape and never been a runner, so I'm not sure what I was thinking signing up for that magazine. But I always read through it thinking I would like to be able to do that. But it's always been just a dream. Not anymore. I am going to do this! Yesterday I did Day 1 of the Couch to 5K workout (I've done it in the past and got through the whole thing, about 2 yrs ago). It was a lot easier than I expected and I enjoyed it. I am going to stick with this and one day be able to call myself a real runner. I need to find a race and sign up for it. That will be more motivation for me.

  
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KCWIND 6/5/2012 8:52AM

  Great goal! You can do it, emoticon

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I Feel Like I Need a Major Detox!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Went camping over the weekend with my hubby. We had a great/relaxing time. But I ate so much crap!! He packed the food (and everything else) for the trip cuz I was working right up to us leaving. Anyways he bought 2 things of Pringles, Dorritos, oreos, marshmallows, hot chocolate. I grazed on junk the whole time and last night when we got home I felt awful-physically and mentally. My gut hurt and I felt bloated and I could tell I was retaining water and mentally I was beating myself up for being so careless about my food intake. I wish I could bottle up that feeling and keep it with me at all times to remind myself not to do that anymore. And I put on a couple pounds just over the weekend! The thing is, I know it's not good for me and I'll regret it, so why do I do it?? I guess if I had that figured out, I wouldn't have done it in the first place.

  
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BREW99 6/4/2012 3:34PM

    Don't beat yourself up over just one weekend. We all have these weekends of "weakness". At least you know that you want to do better next time. Maybe you can make a list out for your husband of some "healthy items" to take camping or on trips for next time. Then you have it ready and even if you are busy with work he can go through the list and you will have something healthy at least, minus all the guilt. I'm a list maker though so... The pounds will go back off, don't worry. With all the sugar and sodium in the foods you listed, in a few days of working out and eating healthy, the pounds will go back off. I'm sure you didn't eat over 6000 calories extra so it's probably just water retention. Hopefully you feel better soon!

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I Did It...And Didn't Feel Deprived!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

One reason I have such a hard time sticking to a good health plan is because I have felt deprived in other areas of my life, I don't want to be deprived of the food I want to eat or the time I want to spend doing other things instead of exercising. I have just recently came to this realization and am trying to work my way through it. But yesterday I ate 1,392 calories and didn't feel deprived! I normally always go over 1,500. I usually do well most of the day and then by the end I stop caring. But yesterday I stayed in my range and didn't feel deprived...no, I felt proud! I can do this. And satisfaction over a good day feels so much better than guilt and the empty promise of doing better tomorrow.

  
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BROWNCOFIDDLER 5/31/2012 11:20AM

    You're right....you CAN do this!!!!!!!

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Eating Junk and Not Realizing Until It's Too Late!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

So yesterday I did so well. I ended the day with a big salad with tuna for dinner, that put me right at the low end of my calorie range and if I wanted a snack I could go to the higher end. It was a nice evening so we had a fire in the backyard and the neighbors saw so they came over. They brought stuff for S'mores. I never thought once about not eating them or even just having one. I just didn't think...period! It wasn't until I was getting ready for bed that I realized what I had done. I had had two S'mores (made with Reese's cups) and then two toasted marshmallows after that! There went my good day that I was so proud of. This happens so much to me. I need to become more aware, but I'm not sure how. I guess making the commitment to journal EVERYTHING! I journal something everyday, just not every bite that goes in my mouth. If I make that commitment, hopefully I'll think twice before I shovel it in. I'll have to consider whether or not I want to see it in writing on my tracker or not.

But the other challenge I face is that I get resentful at having to track every bite! It makes me mad that I have to do that and others don't. But I guess its the hand I've been dealt and if I want to be healthy I have to get over that mindset.

  
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CKMATHERLY 5/30/2012 9:24AM

    I use the spark people app when away from the computer. Don't give yourself too much grief. It's done, you can't go un-eat the smores, (mmmmmm smores) So relish and enjoy the memory of the nice fire with friends and good food. And use this slip up as a learning experience.

I hate having to track too. But it works. I'm with in 10 lbs of my goal weight. emoticon

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POMATOJUICE 5/30/2012 9:13AM

    Tracking really does help, though! It helped me realize that even when I thought I was doing pretty well, I was overeating. It forces you to think about food as a numbers game, and helps you be more consious of even things you choose not to eat.

For some people, it helps to turn it into a game.. to play the numbers and get the most "bang for your buck," as it were... I don't mind tracking because I know it is helping me learn and keeping me in control.

Slipping up every once in a while isn't the end of the world, but if you track even those numbers after you've already eaten them it'll give you more of an idea of how those extra items impact you. :)

If you have a smart phone or a tablet or something like that, you can even get a calorie counting app that lets you track everything on the go. Personally, it helps me to be able to enter things as I eat them and be able to see what I can still do for the day, and when I should schedule snacks, etc.

I know it sounds like a pain, but being hyper aware of what is going on with your food can really help you learn where you are able to be healthier. My goal, in time, is to be able to reach maintenance and not have to use the tracker.. just be able to measure everything out myself. If I can teach myself proper servings and what healthy meals and snacks look like, one day I won't have to track at all! (that is my hope, at any rate) We'll see :)

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KKKAREN 5/30/2012 9:08AM

    It happens, I had 2 bowls of ice cream and 2 tollhouse chocolate chip cookies!

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