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Hanging off the side of the wagon...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

So, I'm back in school. My schedule's erratic. The workload is really, really heavy. And, though I've been trying to maintain a somewhat healthy lifestyle in spite of everything, I've not been giving it my best effort. With the exercise (I've been doing a lot of walking that I haven't been recording on the fitness tracker) and diet I've been living with these last couple months, I've been maintaining my weight. This means no gains, but it also means no loss. I want to start losing again.

So, I now have a goal for myself. 500 fitness minutes for November. And at least 5 glasses of water a day.

I've been greatly slacking on my water intake. Partly due to forgetting, and partly due to long classes where I don't want to have to get up repeatedly to pee (I have a small bladder).

I WILL do this. I HAVE to do this.

  
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PUFFPASTRY 10/31/2010 11:05PM

    Hey, good to see you're still out there! Don't beat yourself up; you're in school and you have a child. Sheesh. There are days I can't even motivate myself to brush my teeth!!! I tell people repeatedly, "It is SO GOOD that I am not a mother. I should not be responsible for ANYone else's well-being when I'm this horrendous at looking after my own!" emoticon (that is not only seasonal, but what my child would look like after me forgetting to feed him/her for several weeks at a time.) SO -- you are doing a lot. Be proud of that. emoticon emoticon

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Noooo!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Justin and I went to visit his parents for three days, and in that time I managed to gain three pounds. How is that even possible?! I was lax with what I ate, but not THAT lax. I was fully prepared to not lose anything, or even gain half a pound, maybe. Those were consequences I was prepared for. But three? Those three pound took me THREE WEEKS to lose. How could they come back in three days? I thought it was just water weight, because my sodium intake over those three days was waaay more than usual. But, I've been home a couple days now, and drinking water like a mad person, and my weight hasn't changed at all.

Ugh.

  
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BODIESOFWORK 9/2/2010 4:57PM

    maybe you just really need to poo?

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PUFFPASTRY 9/2/2010 12:09PM

    This is the same torture I go through every couple of days! My weight goes up and down in a range of 5 pounds CONSTANTLY. I seriously cannot get off of this 5-pound ferris wheel. Every couple of days, I'll go down 2 and be all excited, and by the next day or the next, I'm up 3. Down 1, up 1. Down 1.5, up 2. I want to scream. emoticon

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SPIDERLOCKHART 8/31/2010 9:24PM

    No Ugh!! I would doubt you gained 3 pounds of weight. Give until Thursday or Friday. My program, which I strongly wouldn't recommend to anyone, includes eating rather freely on Saturday evening and all day Sunday. I still lose nearly 2 pounds a week. Now, if I weigh myself on Monday or Tuesday after my weekends it looks ridiculous. Sometimes it will appear I've gained 4 or 5 pounds. And by Friday, I show the 1.5 to 2 pound total new loss by maintaining a lower calorie count during the week and keeping up my exercise all week. The body will react to changes, especially by holding fluids. Last week my Monday weight was 6 pounds higher than my Friday before weight! By the next Saturday I was 2 pounds lower than the original Friday weight. That's an 8 pound scale swing, not an eight pound weight gain (or loss) Good luck. I'll bet five bucks you've still lost 3 pounds.

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Recent happenings.

Monday, August 09, 2010

So, things have been kind of crazy in the past couple weeks. Justin's (my boyfriend's) mother has cancer, and wound up in the hospital in critical condition because the mass in her lung was bleeding very badly. She's doing great now. She apparently feels better than she has in over a year. They have her on the right meds, and she'd eating well, and has tons of energy. But, it was looking pretty bad for a couple days.

Now my mother's health is questionable. She's got something wrong with her hips and back, and needs a CAT scan, because they're not sure what the problem is exactly. Plus, she has three lumps in her breast and one in her shoulder, and her doctors are doing squat about them, in spite of a strong history of breast cancer in her family.

My mother was supposed to come in and stay with us in September and watch my son while I went back to finish school. Which, she probably won't be able to do now, since she can barely get up the stairs to the bathroom sometimes. So, I have to figure something out within the next month, which is REALLY not going to be fun.

Sooo... I'm feeling a little stress right now. But, I'm still sticking with the better diet and exercise, and still losing weight (slowly, but steadily).

I've been lacking in strength training. But, I'm trying to pick that up more here and there. And I've always eaten whole wheat/grain bread, and I've been eating brown rice and whole wheat pasta for a couple years, but I'm starting to look a little more at what else I'm eating. Where my calories are coming from, instead of just how many there are. During the couple weeks with the hospital stuff, and family visits there were a few visits to fast food restaurants and stuff. But, I kept to the healthier side of the menus . Grilled chicken, salads, etc. And even when I had pizza with Justin, I watched my portions.

To summarize, I guess I'm trying to say I'm a little proud of how I'm doing. I think this will be a permanent change in my lifestyle this time.

  
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NOLAXAP 8/11/2010 9:05AM

    Thank you both. Kind words really do help! :)

I think focusing on what I can control (healthy eating and exercise), really does help. Plus, it makes me feel better, which really helps with the stress! :P

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PUFFPASTRY 8/10/2010 4:15AM

    Oh man, sorry about all that stress, and lots of good wishes to both of your moms. I hope things get happier and easier quickly!! emoticon

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2RICKIE 8/9/2010 8:53PM

    Good for you, sometimes when things are stressful, focusing on eating healthy foods can help in more ways than one!

Here's hoping your mom finds what she needs and that you can find child care! You're in my prayers!

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Setting a reward?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

So, I've been doing this whole eating better and exercising thing. And, it's actually going somewhere this time. It's been three weeks now, and I'm still doing it regularly.

I realize now that I'm going to have to hide the scale, though. And only dig it out to weigh myself monthly. Even though I know weight loss is not an instant, or consistent thing, and that a scale isn't the most accurate way to measure change... it's discouraging to see the numbers change so slowly.

Either way, I'm aiming to lose 30-35 lbs. And, I have decided that when I lose 15 lbs I am going to reward myself with a tattoo I've been wanting. emoticon

  
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NOLAXAP 7/28/2010 2:58PM

    Wow. I now know a lot of people named Amy/Aimee/Amie. emoticon

DAWIFEYBARNEZ, I think a koi or two would be really nice. But, I am a fan of fish in general.

NEWYORKORCHIDS, stubborn is right! I've been getting in the 90 minutes of cardio a week, and my eating is getting better, but the scale's barely budging. :( I guess it's time to take it up a notch! :P

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 7/28/2010 12:48PM

  That tatoo sounds amazing! Hurry up and lose the 15 (you know, as quickly as stubborn weight will actually come off) so that you can post pictures!



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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 7/28/2010 12:48PM

    Great job on choosing a reward that you will like. That will help you stay motivated and reach your goal.

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YOOVIE 7/28/2010 12:43PM

    NICE!

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REESIEANDME 7/28/2010 12:35PM

    Wow that sounds like it will be beautiful!!! I have a lotus on my upper right arm and I am really thinking about turning it into a half sleeve, even though my best friend told me I wouldn't look right with a half sleeve. Psh. I was thinking about adding a koi or turtle or an achor and some more water and sea weed and stuff. What do you think??

I LOVE LOVE LOVE tattoos!!! =D

And Puffpastry--I am an Amy too!!! But I am from Maine!! =)

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NOLAXAP 7/27/2010 10:01PM

    Thank you both!

I am super looking forward to the tattoo. I'm thinking about a half sleeve with an autumn tree against a full moon, with a couple bats flying through a dusky blue sky. The tree is the core of it anyway. I may change the other elements around a bit until I get just the way I want it.

The price of tattoos is why I don't have it now. But, when I get to 15 lbs lost, I am getting it. It's probably the only way I'll let myself spend that much. Then I'll set a new reward for the last 15-20lbs. :P

And hello Puffpastry! I added you because I read an amusing post by you about killing a guy and eating his candy bars. I couldn't not add you after that, haha. Living in Newfoundland is very similar to living in Nova Scotia sometimes. Just with much more outrageous accents. :P


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PUFFPASTRY 7/27/2010 2:20PM

    Oh my gosh, how funny, a new tattoo is ALWAYS the reward I dangle out in front of myself, for just about EVERYthing! (And yet, I haven't gotten any more than the one I have because they're so EXPENSIVE, and even when I do accomplish something good, the tattoo cost puts it out of reach again! Not a good system, I know!)

Anyway -- hi, NOLAXAP -- I'm not sure how you found my Spark page, but thanks for friending me -- I am SO EXCITED that you're from Newfoundland (or live there?) because I ADORE Canada, and the place I've always wanted to visit the most is Newfoundland. For eons now. The closest I've gotten is watching "The Shipping News" on DVD and listening to Great Big Sea endlessly...and three trips to Halifax, NS, none of which resulted in moving on to the next island, grrr! But someday! If you ever want to pour out random details about Newf life into someone's brain, I volunteer. :)

Have a great day, and hope to see you on SP again soon!
Cheers,
Puffpastry (Amy) in Minneapolis, MN

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REESIEANDME 7/25/2010 12:23AM

    Heck yeah!! Tattoos are wonderful rewards!! Any ideas about what you want yet??

Oh and great job with sticking the lifestyle change out!! Keep up the great work!! =)

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Ugh, this sticky, sickly heat...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Things have been going well. I've hit a few bumps in my diet. But, I'm still keeping things on the healthier side, and slowly getting healthier and healthier in the way I eat.

Today was rather hot, and insanely humid. So, I only got in 10 of the 30 minutes of exercise scheduled for today. However, I got in 30 minutes of unscheduled exercise yesterday. That's the way it's been for the past couple weeks with the weather being as gross as it has been. I don't always make daily goals, but I've been going over my weekly goal. I guess that evens it out?

  


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