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Day 20 - back on the wagon after a rough weekend

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Yeah, this weekend wasn't pretty. I ate way too much and realized that I can't be trusted (yet!!) around large quantities of tasty looking food. This is a good lesson to have down before Bobbin & Weavin in two weeks.

In short, I'm more than a little scared of my weekly weigh-in tomorrow. Ah well, hopefully I won't backslide too much. If I do, I promise not to beat myself up about and simply chalk it up to a learning experience. Didn't seem to be able to talk myself out of coke, either.

Plus side, though, I managed to have a rough weekend and still jump back on the wagon on Monday. Back to exercising and tracking. Back to owning up to my choices.

Unfortunately last night was dinged a bit by stress eating. Received a maddening e-mail from my dad and stressed about actually responding to it. I did... and then I had something not on my plan for the day as mindless eating. Still working on beating that urge down again.

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CHUBBY_MOM 2/5/2014 5:04PM

    I just have to ask...what is Bobbin and Weavin? Hope you are having a great week!

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ROGERLEW 1/29/2014 8:04AM

    I always figure the exercise is the most important thing - as long as you keep that up, the bad days arnt sobad

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RACEWELLWON 1/28/2014 3:45PM

    Do not be afraid of the scale - its done and over with now and you recognized your trigger - and right there is a huge NSV - so more on - we re always learning on this journey - it takes courage to change ! emoticon

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NARNIAROSE2003 1/28/2014 2:39PM

    Like you said - you still came back to your healthy habits! Glad you're not beating yourself up. Have a great week! emoticon

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Day 15 - It's working! It's working! (Why am I always so surprised?)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What's that you say? TWO weeks of consistency? Second week in a row of losing weight (2lbs this week, Hooray!)? WIIIIIN

Still hating waking up in the morning. It's still a debate every morning about whether to get up and go to the gym or to stay in bed cuddling my boyfriend, but the former has universally won out.... and it's working! I'm always so surprised when, after following the logical and scientific plan, I start losing predictable amounts of weight over a reasonable time frame. Why is it so surprising when it works? No idea.

Thus far my entreaties to friends to join me have gone (mostly) unanswered. One signed up, but hasn't made a sparkpage, yet, so I can't figure out how to add her on here. I'll keep trying, though. I'm sick of seeing all the "poor me, I'm not losing weight on my wacky fad diet" posts on facebook, though, so I imagine that I'll snap here soon and post as gentle a status update as I can.

But back on positive things. Down 8 lbs!! Next week will (hopefully) be the big 10. That's always exciting.. but even right now I'm an entire gallon of milk lighter. That's pretty awesome. Try carrying around a gallon of milk for an hour, the next time you think 8lbs isn't much (which I did, as I watched my weight climb) - it's a LOT and a big accomplishment.

Something I need to make time for tonight is updated measurements and pictures of what I look like now. I want to see the changes as they happen... Currently I plan on taking some both in what I consider "postable" clothing choices as well as some in underwear for myself. I didn't do this so much last time and I want to be able to refer myself back to what it looks like when I backslide.

That's it for now. Keep sparking!

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CHUBBY_MOM 1/25/2014 6:06AM

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LAURIE-RN 1/23/2014 11:10PM

    Congratulations!! Keep it up!

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THINAGIN2 1/23/2014 7:17PM

    Keep up the good work!

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VWMOMMY 1/23/2014 5:28PM

    Consistency is key! Sounds like you are doing great! I know what you mean about "postable" pics. I didn't even LIKE posting those but now that I can see changes (3 weeks in) I don't mind nearly as much. Congrats and keep on going!!!

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JBARUWA 1/23/2014 5:10PM

    Great job. Keep up the good work.

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WINDMILLS18 1/23/2014 3:26PM

    Great job! I'm so proud of you! And I know what you mean about posting pics. I have some underwear only pics that I take each month, but those are strictly for my eyes!

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ROXIGIRL 1/23/2014 2:01PM

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Day 8

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Well, I smashed through week one. 6lbs down - granted, that's mostly water weight and won't be repeated, but it let's me know I'm on the right track.

PLUS! Three more weeks to go until my healthy eating and morning exercise is a habit.

So, I was going to write about this today and then was inspired further by a comment on my last blog post. Let me get this out there... I've NEVER been a morning exerciser. I hate getting up in the morning. HATE. IT. I'm grumpy for a good hour if I get up before 8am.

That being the case, it's easy to see that my 4:45am wake-up calls would be difficult... not that I'm working out that long, but that I have an hour drive to work and I need to factor in on top of my 45 minutes for working out and shower time. I knew that the newness of the gym would wear off and I would need to start pushing myself some mornings - especially my strength training days that don't involve the pool.

This happened this morning. Alarm went off at 4:45 and I decided to take my 15 minutes of wake up time until the 5am alarm. Then, it struck. I turned off the 5am alarm and debated - I could really skip today, couldn't I? It wasn't that big of a deal.. I'd be back on the horse tomorrow. Besides, it's only strength training, it doesn't burn nearly as many calories as my swimming time. ANNND I'm visiting my parents this weekend and they have an indoor pool.. since I'm planning on swimming there, this is just the rest day that I won't get otherwise.

I managed to beat down the justification monsters, though.... my strongest weapon was realizing that my wake up time wouldn't be THAT much later... certainly not enough that I would be bright eyed when the alarm went off again... and that I would feel better getting to the gym. So I got my butt out of bed and left for the gym/work. And guess what?

I DO feel better. Accomplished. Proud that I did my workout anyway.

And definitely ready to see those inches and pounds go down again next week.

Have an Empowered day, Sparkpeople. You can do it!

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Day 6!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It's been a long time since I've had any form of consistency. It's sad, really. Last time I was focused and, though I had rough days, I knew my goal and made a beeline for it. Of course, last time, anger and hurt were driving me and those, as it turns out, are definitely the dark side of motivators for me (quick, easy, fast, but not lasting.)

I've been consistantly struggling with consistency since I found myself happy in March of 2011. Two years. I haven't gained everything back - but a lot of it.

I won't make any great promises on blogging, I've never been great with it, but I had to post how much of a difference one small thing has made in the last week. I finally found a gym which is convenient (5 minutes from work!), in my price range ($24), AND has a pool. I learned a long time ago that swimming is my exercise of choice. I love it so much that I've even been able to work myself out of bed early (4:45am) to be able to drive the hour to the gym, work out, get showered, and drive the last 5 mins to work.

This never happened with the Jillian Michaels videos. They're fun, and I feel it, but I could always talk myself out of it in this morning ("Oh, I'll do it when I get home." "I worked out yesterday, maybe I need a rest day. I'll do it 3x a week." "I walked a LOT yesterday, I don't need it." Which lead to the breakdown of all my good intentions - no excercise, then no tracking, then an all out binge on Coke, Pop-tarts, and whatever else I wanted..

I don't want to be prematurely excited but, with the new accessibility of a pool? Consistent since last Thursday. Swam Thursday, Friday, and Monday mornings. Did Jillian's Yoga video Sunday, Elliptical and Strength this morning. Tracking every day and not cheating (which I suddenly got horrible about the last few months.) Excited about getting to swim tomorrow morning.

And my new gym, though a little old (it's just been bought and is slowly being renovated - like the brand new pool - but the rest of it still needs a lot of work) seems to be full of such nice people! Every morning of my trial pass (because a gym is a relationship and you have to make sure it works for you before you sign up) I've had other members greeting me, telling me to have a good day, being generally friendly. So nice!

So tonight I commit and sign up for the full membership and, depending on how I feel, I might take another spin on the elliptical.

Have a good day, Sparkfriends! Take the next step on your journey!

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CHUBBY_MOM 1/15/2014 4:39PM

    Glad you found a gym that is working for you!! emoticon I admire your doing your workouts before work! I wish I could get myself on that track.

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Day 2: Reflection

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

It's late so this will be short. Yesterday wasn't terrible, but I ran into the same issues again. I did well until dinner and then it all fell apart when the boy decided to go out for CHinese. Ugh.

The Good:
I was great until about 8pm!
If I didn't like one of my selections, I stopped eating it.
I didn't eat past being full.

The Bad:
Still not with the getting up early.
Chinese Buffet. Need I say more?

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SADWHITEWOLF 4/5/2013 9:00AM

    Chinese buffet can be one of my weak spots. It's also a place my family frequently goes.
I have mad it slightly better by trying to see how many colorful things I can put on my plate (mostly green like broccoli/peppers/greenbeans/bok choy)
I also try (difficult) to stay away from the Deep Fried stuff (no egg rolls/cheese wontons/sweet&sour chicken)
Lastly I try (also difficult) to remind myself that just because it is all you can eat does not mean I have to prove how much I can.

I still overdo it on the calories but I feel that some of these tactics have worked toward damage control.
Congrats on stopping when you were full!

Do not expect to be perfect. Evry healthy choice is still a victory and they add up overtime. I
It takes awhile to reform good habits and you are doing great. Stay mindful and strong!


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AEGISHOT 4/4/2013 3:17AM

    It can surely be better

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JIBBIE49 4/4/2013 1:05AM

    We went out to a Chinese Buffet the other night and I ate the usual (salmon, french fries, ice cream) and I was "good" because I only ate enough to be full and I quit. Went out of there feeling fine. So, I did well.

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