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Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm in a super exercise slump. I haven't properly worked out in weeks. I ride my bike everyday and move around a lot at work but it's not enough. I'm only maintaining my weight but need to get back on the proverbial bike and keep losing.

I know if I just suck it up and do a great workout, I'll be motivated again (possibly). That's where I'm at this morning, I am all suited up in workout gear and am gonna do it...after I finish this post because this is obviously a procrastination ploy.

One of the big issues is that lately I've been starting work at 5:15am, meaning I get up at 4:20am. Another is that I don't get enough sleep. I would have to go to bed around 8pm to get a full 8hrs of sleep but the sun is still out and I feel like a loser going to bed so early so I end up getting only 5-6hrs of sleep. So when I get off my shift I feel dizzy and sluggish.

I know this is not a big deal, in college I continuously ran on 4-5 hrs of sleep each night but I am really good at talking myself out of things.

How do you de-slump yourselves. Mind you, I do all my exercise at home or by cycling (lol, nice word play). I need to join a gym but haven't put forth the effort because I don't want to deal with pushy sales persons.

Help, push me tell me I need to lose weight, that I am not healthy yet - something! to put me back on track.

  
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ORANGEAID2 6/25/2010 8:24PM

    Thanks for all your supportive comments! Contrary to some opinions, this slump doesn't stem from any deep psychological issues - just laziness and becoming bored with my routine. Also, I have only been working at my new job for 2 months now so I have yet to find a good groove. And I like to do a lot of exercise when I do it, 20 min is not good enough for me.

But! - I did some step aerobics yesterday and a little cardio today and tomorrow will give myself a good overdue a$$ kicking exercise-wise.

I love what a lot of you said about finding an exercise partner. That is something I am having a hard time doing since I don't anyone in this town. Perhaps that's more reason to join a gym!

I'm gonna start figuring out how to keep the motivation going whilst also living with an erratic work schedule that varies week to week.

Keep you posted!

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FITKAT2010 6/25/2010 5:52AM

    There's more to this than sleep/exercise. Take a look at what was going on just prior to when you turned south on your exercise program. Did someone disappoint you? Did you get rejected? What was going on?

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LCORTEZ7 6/24/2010 2:50PM

    We have all been there from time to time and I really believe that the change in your schedule (work schedule that is) is the real culprit. Sleep is very important maybe you should try a power nap during the day. The one thing that help me out of my slump was consistency; going back to the core essentials. Setting daily goals that you know you can be successful at and build on them. Once you get a routine again it will be second nature to you.

I also suggest working out with a friend. Consistency and Accountability is the key. If youíre interested in any evening classes or workouts (except for Wednesdays) Iíll join you.
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LIVESTRONG2010 6/24/2010 1:47PM

    Exercising hasn't been an issue since I start riding. I will find ride to do and then start training for them. I have some great spark friends that help keep my motivated with both my cycling and walking. I also signed up to do a marathon so I have to train for that too! That's how I get and stay motivated. Good luck and it will happen for you too!

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CANNF47 6/24/2010 1:22PM

    I have to say that I really understand how you are feeling. I have only been working out a couple of days a week the last month or so. According to my Dr. I have lost 13.5 pounds since last Sept which makes him happy. Me I feel like I should have lost another 10. The thing is I have not been working at it as hard as I should. So I called in my son (who is a Sgt. in the USMC) he will be home for the next 4 weeks. I told him I needed him to help motivate me to get my workouts done in the morning before I go to work. ( By the time I get home in the evening I just do not want to go running or go to the gym.) He said, "Mom I would love to work out with you." So I am looking forward to the next 4 weeks. I have made myself a promise that I will not make any excuses to get out of the 5 a.m. workouts.

I would recommend that you find someone who can motivate you. I know that once I have a good routine down I am good about keeping it. My problem is getting started.

So get out there and get moving.... you know as well as I do that you will feel great when you are done....

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PIPHIDAVIS 6/24/2010 1:02PM

    I totally feel your pain. I have never been a good sleeper (since I was in middle school) and that has always been a problem for me. I have to admit I skipped my Zumba class this morning due to a headache but I really should have gone. However, in general since I joined the Y I have really enjoyed working out. I really like the programs and the supportive environment there. I used to go to Shapes and it was ok but I really like the Y and I know they are aware when I skip. It is nice to know that people are rooting for you. I say just find your thing and you will be able to stick to it. You will still have slumps but you will do it.

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MRSBERG135 6/24/2010 12:54PM

    I hear ya! I am the same way! But I can't even get myself to do a little exercise! And I work at 6:00 am and I find myself getting around 6-6.5 hours a sleep each night! If you find your solution! Definitely blog about it! So I can see if some work for me toO! Good luck! I know you can do it!

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Summer Fruits!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

I love love summer fruit! I despise apples and eat them through fall and winter because they are in-season and cheap. But if they taste too much like apple juice (which I have always disliked), I can't eat them. Oranges are yummy but not as convenient as apples or pears (love pears, btw). So when summer rolls around and we are bombarded with tons of fruit varieties as opposed to the 3-4 options in the bleaker months, I get super excited.

I'm big on buying fruits that are in-season. I can't bring myself to pay more than 1.99/lb for something unless I am really tempted to try something new, or need it for a recipe. We have fabulous fruit in the US so why pay more to have something flown in from S. America that isn't really in-season there either? Anyway, I digress...

I saw that Safeway had cherries for 1.97/lb!!! A steal!! Especially when I almost bought them last week at 3.99/lb (also on sale, reg. 6.99/lb). I LOVE cherries, love almost anything cherry flavored and get so happy when cherry season comes around. I even have a tattoo of cherries, that's how much I love them.

I ran over to the store yesterday, so excited, and decided that I would also get other berries to take home. I bought a double size pack of raspberries (5.99 or something, the small single packs were moldy looking), 2 small packs of blackberries (ONE DOLLAR EACH!!), and a big bag of cherries.

I froze half of the berries immediately and saved the rest for this week's snacks. The cherries I also left alone in the fridge. Freezing berries is a little involved but pretty easy. Just rinse berries and lay to dry, once dry enough, transfer to a cookie sheet and put in the freezer. Once they are frozen you can then transfer the berries to a ziploc freezer bag and store in freezer. The reason you place them on a cookie sheet to freeze is so that they don't get stuck together. You have to carefully place them on the sheet so that they don't touch one another. You also need to make sure you a careful during all the handling as they are pretty delicate. I found that a mesh strainer works better than a colander for rinsing as the colander holes are too big and rough and mangle the berries more, esp. if they are pretty ripe. You do not need to sprinkle any sugar or stuff onto the berries before freezing.

For dessert last night I made a ghetto version of a fruit tart I had over the weekend. I placed a 1/4c of French Vanilla pudding made with low-fat milk in a bowl and topped with the berries and slid in 3 small vanilla wafers into the bowl (to act as the crust). Next time I'm going to try a different pudding flavor, like a custard because I couldn't taste this one at all. I stole the pack from my parent's pantry (with permission) other wise I would've purchased some sugar or fat-free version. Overall the dessert was ok. 'Nilla wafers were definitely unnecessary and tonight I'm just going to top a small bit of pudding with the berries. Myb/f liked it though and he usually has very high standards for foods....so I guess I did ok with my invention.

Can't wait to play around more with this summer's offerings. I think I'll attempt to bake something with fruit this year.

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PS - I looked on the Jello website and they have low-fat sugar-free White chocolate and cheesecake flavors...mmmm add berries to that? Could be divine!

  
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FIT_N_HEALTHY 6/23/2010 2:42PM

    I love Strawberries! I can never get enough of them!

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ASHAMAZING 6/7/2010 12:33AM

    I love, love fruits and I'm lucky enough to have a son that gets that :) He'd much rather prefer a big bowl of fruit to something else! It's been really hard to let my bananas ripen on the counter for banana nut bread. I've really been wanting to tear into them! Also, I really need to get out and check out my local farmers market to see what locally grown fruits that I can purchase. I bet the prices are fantastic to what I've been paying!

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TIZZIEBELL 6/5/2010 6:21AM

    Yum!

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SACTOKAREN 6/4/2010 12:28PM

    I love seasonal fruits!

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LCORTEZ7 6/3/2010 7:07PM

    OMG! I was at Safeway last night as well. You can smell the amazing aroma of all that fresh fruit just walking into their produces section. YUMMY!! I brought home some peaches and strawberry with some light whip cream and some fat free strawberry jello. What a treat!! Can't wait to eat it all up. Let us know what you bake. Have fun!

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BREAESSEX 6/3/2010 5:26PM

    Yum! I think I may have to hit up Safeway tonight!

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MRS.CARLY 6/3/2010 4:55PM

    I think it COULD be divine...let us know how it tastes.

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SHELLTHERUNNER 6/3/2010 2:34PM

    I love all the summer fruits too!

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ZOOEYG 6/3/2010 2:33PM

    Thanks for the easy fruit tart idea! I love summer fruits as well-I tend to go a little crazy and eat about 8 servings of frutis and vegetables in the summer.

Have a great weekend!

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And I Didn't Think About My Tummy Rolls! (PICS!)

Monday, May 17, 2010

I went to a bachelorette party this weekend in San Luis Obispo, CA. A beautiful gorgeous town located on the central coast. This is the town where I attended college and moved away from rather recently. I love it and ABSOLUTELY miss it.

Anyway. This is a town where everyone is white, affluent, and in serious good health. While I lived there I would go to the beach and pretend that I was cool with myself and just chill but I'd always be thinking about how I looked. I never went to the beach with friends because I didn't want to be embarrassed.

Back to this weekend:

This party included a long day by the Madonna Inn pool. To prepare, I stopped eating sugar about 2 weeks beforehand to get a little flatter in the tummy and I bought a super cute swimsuit from Target. Most of the other attendees were fitness instructors and super hot and slim with enviable bodies. I wanted to be as prepared as possible.

I got there, put on my suit and enjoyed myself! I felt sexy and confident and: I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT MY TUMMY ROLLS!



Just look at those nice shoulders! (Yeah, I'm tootin' my own horn!)

Afterward we went to our hotel room at the infamous Madonna Inn (garishly kitsch but fun) and I put on shorts, heeled sandals, and a fun top. I don't think I even noticed what half of the girls were wearing because I didn't care - like, I wasn't comparing myself to them like I normally would have. I was just having a great time and: I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT MY TUMMY ROLLS! *

*(The enormous amounts of beverages being consumed most likely helped my confidence because I was just having a blast hanging out with a bunch of really nice women.)

Here's wacky picture before dinner:



NO TUMMY ROLL THOUGHTS THERE!

Here's one of me after the long night (this is the point at which I wanted nothing more than to sleep but I was forced by the other girls to stay awake for a pizza delivery and attempted to eat a slice but only got through 2 bites, dropped it on the hotel room floor, picked it up, put it in the bathroom on a plate, and fell asleep):



When I saw the pic above I did a double-take because it's definitely the first pic I've taken in years where I was surprised to see that I didn't look way bigger than I thought I looked in my mind. I think I look pretty slim in that one! TUMMY ROLLS, or thoughts of them, WHAT? - NONE HERE!!

Finally, the one pic that MADE ME THINK ABOUT MY TUMMY ROLLS (but only after seeing it, I love it otherwise because it's totally me - goofy to the max!):



I wish I could erase the roll but hey - I felt so happy and so confident. Had I attended that party a few months ago, I would've been stressed out about my appearance. Now, I just need to lose more before the wedding in June so that I feel even better!!

  
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MRS.CARLY 5/30/2010 8:18AM

    Love the pics! You look fabulous!

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KMBRADY 5/18/2010 10:22PM

    Would you look at those legs?!!! Seriously, you have awesome legs - those are legs that people are envious of.... Good to hear you had so much fun!!

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LCORTEZ7 5/18/2010 4:05PM

    You are a success! All your hard work and sacrifice is paying off girl. Watch out in June..........your gonna be HOT! emoticon

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ERIN1128 5/18/2010 12:04PM

    What tummy rolls? Seriously, you look great, and it looks like you had a great time!

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TIZZIEBELL 5/17/2010 11:27PM

    I'm so glad you were able to feel so confident & enjoy yourself with these fun ladies! WooHoo!

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FIT_N_HEALTHY 5/17/2010 6:44PM

    You are so funny! Looks like you had a blast and really enjoyed yourself! You look great in your bathing suit too and should be so proud of yourself. Your legs also look supper thin and are a great color! You are definetly reaching your goals and that is so great!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KGOODIES 5/17/2010 4:43PM

    Lookin' hot :)

You'll get there!

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Goals and Journeys

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Although I am nowhere close to my goal weight yet I also never think about it. I can't even say off the top of my head if I have my goal posted as 140 or 145lbs. Instead, I choose to look at everyday I don't binge, do a little something active, and feel happy as reaching my goal.

I'm not in a hurry to reach my goal; I want to learn and enjoy myself everyday. I fear that if I put too much focus on losing weight as quickly as possible, focus on my goal too much, then I won't learn anything on my journey. I won't learn how to handle slip-ups or how to balance healthy and indulgent foods while still losing, or how to maintain my weight.

I don't know if I'll reach my goal, or if I'll decide to lower it (very hard for me to be slim - I gain muscle easily on my 5'4" frame and have never been smaller than an 8.) the only thing I really care about is my happiness.

A lot of my life I wasn't happy because of my weight - I developed early and was a size 12 in 6th grade. All the other girls were well, still girls. I was teased, called names and it didn't super bother me but it did really effect my self-esteem deep in the core. I am really good at pretending everything is great and that I am this super-confident woman but a big portion of my life has been spent on asking myself "how do I look?" "Do I look ok? Does this make me look big? Do I look gargantuan next to my friends?" The only time I remember not feeling like that all the time was when I was fit and active but still felt insecure because my two best girlfriends were sizes 0 and 3.

Currently, I am very happy. Sure, sometimes I look in the mirror or see my reflection in a window and think - oy, you are a big girl. But most of the time I am really happy, I have a great companion, I am smart and pretty (pretty enough, I am vain) and consider myself wise and all those attributes plus others lead to me being happy and confident. Add to that my healthier body (which infers a leaner body too) and I am very happy.

I definitely do want to lose more - I find myself saying to my self that I want to be buff, like super tone, because I think a tone back and tone arms on a woman are super sexy. But like I said, if I don't reach my supposed goal weight but feel incredibly happy, then screw it. (Just as long as I am in a healthy BMI range.)

Enjoy each day! Use daily triumphs and set-backs as learning tools. Don't feel like it's over or that you are not a success because it takes you a month to lose 2lbs. Evaluate why that is, or if you feel that you are doing everything right, just be happy. Weight loss (and gain) is a delayed process and sometimes our actions don't show up until weeks later on the scale. Don't put so much pressure on yourself to reach your destination without stopping to sight-see along the way; you'll end up looking back and it will all be a blur and you'll not know how you ended up at your final destination. You won't be able to retrace your path and recall having learned anything.

  
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MELISUNSHINE 5/13/2010 2:05AM

    Good Job OrangeAid ...you inspire me! Stress from finals have thrown me for a loop with my eating habits so its nice to be reminded of what is really important and to not put too much pressure on myself about this 'setback'. Here's to use being happier and healthier! :o)

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STANDARD_TOAST 5/10/2010 7:53AM

  Ooops double post, sorry!

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STANDARD_TOAST 5/10/2010 7:52AM

  Great post! I think I am quite similar to you. I have been overweight as long as I remember, so it is hard for me to imagine myself being a "healthy" weight, which is why my goal weight changes a lot (if I bother to set one).

You are so right about being healthy rather than obsessing over targets and goals, this shouldn't be about dieting, it is about living healthier.

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MJMONE 5/8/2010 1:13PM

    love this, thank you.

I've been losing my weight 1 lb at a time...and sometimes it is so frustrating...but thanks for the new perspective!

okay if I jot down a couple of your quotes to put next to my treadmill???

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I Had a Food Derailment

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Ugh! I have to come clean - this week has been disastrous for me so far. I've been eating so much and so much bad stuff that I feel really bad; not like sick but super guilty and disappointed in myself.

Today was probably the worst of the last three days because I've been up since 4:15am and have had inconsistent meal times with calorie laden snacks in-between meals. Adding to that I am tired - which always leads me to overeat - not drinking enough water (which leads to a sensation insatiety) and started my eating cycle around 7am.

I also haven't had a good exercise week since I injured my knee; this is adding to my feeling of blahness. I feel flabby.

Tomorrow I am going to kick myself into high gear and go back on my no sweets diet for the next few weeks to get rid of my bloated feeling (totally gross, but sugar and salt make you more bloated). I'm also going to have a great exercise session tomorrow! One of my goals for May is to find a gym; by the end of the month my hunt better be over!

Hopefully tomorrow I will feel way better. I'll definitely be rested which is the best foundation one can have for physical success!

TTYL

  
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STANDARD_TOAST 5/5/2010 4:15AM

  I have had ... bad week too. Still, is a new day now, we can do it!

Hope your knee is better soon.

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