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Insanity Day 1+2

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I actually got my butt out of bed to start Insanity today.
So so hard but so awesome!:)
I clumped together the first fit test along with the Day 1 workout (Plyometric cardio circuit). I of course did modified versions of certain exercises like push ups (knees on the floor). The workout still kicked my butt though and hopefully I can keep this up for the next 60 days.
The fit test is about 20 minutes while PCC clocks in at 40 minutes.
I really liked that Shaun T incorporates warm ups + stretches into his workouts.
I'm excited to see how this thing pans out and really really hope that my schedule allows for me to complete this.
I'm also hoping to stick with my nutrition goals this week- one day at a time :)

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*MADHU* 10/1/2012 10:35AM

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Trying out something different

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hey Sparkies, how goes it?
I'm sorry to report that I've been consistently slacking off in terms of exercise and nutrition.
I seem to manage to workout about 3X a week but it is definitely not enough especially if I take into consideration of the fact that I've been indulging in after dinner binges. It hurts to admit that I've fallen back into old ways by binging again but I know that its the stress of grad school+work+being away from home that's resulting in all this. The odd thing is that my weapon i.e. food of choice for these late night indulgences is.....oatmeal. Seemingly healthy? Sure, but not when I'm consuming 3 bowls of sugary oatmeal (instant+old fashioned variety) richly bathed in peanut butter....and this is after having a well rounded dinner!
I felt disgusted with myself tonight and have decided to stop this behavior once and for all. I eat a healthy hearty dinner at night so there is no real reason for me to eat again after that.

I am also planning on a major overhaul of my exercise regime.
I intend to start the Insanity workout tomorrow. I plan on reviewing it with re-caps and my progress as I get along with it (hopefully each week). I don't know if working out 6 days a week will be possible with all of my work/study commitments, but I am definitely going to try my best.

As always, man aging my time- with classes, exams, lab, work and home- is going to be the challenge.
But one hour a day? I think its do-able if I'm determined to achieve my goals and get back to my healthy ways. Also, hopefully, posting here regularly will keep me motivated to stick to my goals.

SO! Insanity begins tomorrow as does the "STOP THE BINGE" challenge! :)
Hope I can do it! :)
See you guys soon.

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SUSANBEAMON 9/30/2012 12:47AM

  you have given yourself quite a challange with changing your eating and adding a major workout with your school and all that. emoticon emoticon

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June 16 2012 update

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Its been 8 months since my last blog post.
I am trying to keep it together, tracking my nutrition intake, but losing my battle with portion control and regular consistent exercise.
My plan and goal for the next month or so is to control my portion sizes. I eat relatively healthy (80% of the time) but too much of anything helps pile on the calories.
My fitness levels have drastically plummeted in the last one year. I mentioned on my last blog post how grad school was taking its toll on me. I wake up every morning by 4am to study, and by the time I leave my work, its about 7.30-8pm. I'm totally pooped by the time I get home, with no energy to exercise since I like to hit the z button by 9.30pm (I try for atleast 6-7 hrs of sleep). I need to work on exercising atleast 4 times a week and my new strategy for this is:
Monday- Morning workout- Strength; Evening- Treadmill or Swim
Thursday- Morning workout- Strength; Evening- Treadmill or Swim
Saturday- Treadmill run (4 miles); Evening- swim
Sunday- Treadmill run (4 miles)

I will try to work on this for the remainder of this month and hopefully blog updates to keep myself motivated.
Hope everyones doing well!

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Starting over- October 17 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The last two months have been a roller coaster ride. I started grad school in August and its been a struggle to juggle classes/course work, lab, work, nutrition and exercise. I would love to say that I've balanced everything perfectly well and have been on top of things while managing to eat consciously and exercise. Unfortunately, the truth is that I've just about managed to keep my head above water in all things related to school. On the nutrition and exercise front, theres no better way to say this- it has been a total disaster.

I have tried my best to prepare my meals in advance. Unfortunately, the emotional eating beast rears its ugly head whenever I'm faced with a high stress situation. This happens to be every night when I'm staying up late to study. Almost every night I find myself overeating and going over my nutrition limits by a considerable amount. emoticonExercise has been non existent since the last two months, except maybe once a week, when I do get the time. emoticon

It was hard in the beginning when school started to accept that I just do not have enough hours in a day to do everything. But I have accepted that grad school is hard, especially the first semester, and it requires an input of a lot of my time. A lot of money is being invested in my education and it is my priority to do well and spend time studying. But it is also my priority to look after my health. I feel like crap because I don't eat well and don't exercise.
I also cannot ignore the fact that I have gained 15lbs since August 10th (140lbs). I now stand 20lbs further from my goal weight. I do dwell a lot over the fact that I had touched my goal weight, and now I'm back to square one. But instead of doing that and moping, I have pick myself up, dust myself off and just move on. emoticon

I know that I do have it in me to work out atleast 3 times a week if not more. I already wake up most days at 4am to study. My plan is to swap one morning of study time for exercise. Saturday and Sunday are the other two days I plan on doing this. So probably Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. I will try and stick with this plan for atleast a month. I'm sure I can manage 3 hours of exercise in a week. Its not that hard. This will help me get into things slowly, so that I can consistently stick to it. I also plan on walking more (even though it is getting chilly), especially at lunch time. emoticon

Next comes nutrition. I'm doing alright for breakfast and lunch. Its the time from 4pm-11pm at night when I become a compulsive emotional eater. My plan is to come home (usually 6.30-7pm) and directly have dinner, while leaving room for a small snack (which actually isnt even necessary). I snack, even after eating dinner mainly to calm my nerves when I'm studying. I am not hungry but I still overeat. My plan is to brush my teeth as soon as I'm done with dinner. emoticon emoticon
I have realized that my portion sizes have been getting much bigger since August. I will now also be more vigilant about my portion sizes.

I also plan on blogging more often. This will help me stay accountable. emoticon

Alright, I've rambled on. I really am hoping that I can get a handle on things, albeit slowly.

Goodluck to all my fellow sparkers who struggle like me and goodluck to me!
Until next time....ciao!

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KEKEIKO 10/17/2011 10:13AM

    Your plate is full (pun intended)

I just recently read about miracle noodles aka tofu noodles that keep you feeling full and easy to prepare. Just add water, they expand and are ready to eat. You can put them in broth for soup. They also expand in your stomach. They're gluten & dairy free, 20 cals, 3 grams carbs. Maybe incorporate them into dinner with veggies & fruit. You can even pour sauce over them like pasta.

Just a thought ... After you brush your teeth put in a mouth guard. You can get them at any sports shop (maybe even Wallgreens or CVS), boil it for a few minutes and bit down. Once you have your mouth guard in then you're not allowed to eat or you'll have to brush your teeth again. I have a retainer I wear every night and it has saved me from having evening snack.

Best of luck on your studies and healthy lifestyle.

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