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Thursday, January 19, 2012

After the past two days of not being hungry and struggling to meet my minimum calorie requirements, today junk food is calling my name. I have a very small dinner planned and had a very small breakfast so I allowed myself to eat one slice of cheese pizza for lunch. Probably occupied the rest of my daily calories or close to it but at least I made some trade offs to get what I wanted. But then when I came back my coworker offered me these delicious no bake bites that have coconut, honey, peanut butter, omega-3 powder, and oats in them and I ate two of them. Not sure where that puts me...

My period is a day overdue now so anytime I ought to be starting it. This is the hardest time of the month to stay on track for me for sure. I know the day isn't over yet and one bad day isn't going to cancel out the progress I've been making but it's just scary because I'm afraid it will be the beginning of the end. Think I better go look at my motivational pinterest boards so get my head into the game.

It is sooooooo hard to strike a balance between being "kind" to yourself and allowing for the occasional humanity of the moment, and knowing when you need to just kick your own butt.


Things That Are Motivating Me Today

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

After yesterday's general crappy mood, I am counting some things that are pushing me ahead today:

1) I am wearing a belt today. I haven't worn a belt in a few months because it was so tight that it was uncomfortable.
2) The first places I lose weight are in my waistline and face. I can definitely see a difference in my body in those two areas. I need to focus on them and other changes that will come and realize it is going to take a while for my most stubborn areas to change, but that doesn't mean that they won't.
3) I am starting to feel fuller on fewer calories. I am still trying to stick to my minimum requirements so I don't go into starvation mode but it seems like my stomach might be shrinking.
4) I may have figured out why my scale is inaccurate. Apparently temperature can affect its accuracy; I think it's too cold where I have it stored now. My husband and I devised a plan to test it and see if it improves in a warmer room, which might mean I won't have to replace it after all.
5) The bed is finally moved out of my exercise room and into the new guest room. This made SUCH a difference in my desire to be up there. I am not ready to use it just yet (enjoying my outdoor exercising) but it is moving forward and it won't be long before I have a lovely space to add variety into my routines.
6) I found out that mini pretzels dipped into sugar free chocolate pudding taste delicious... and the whole bag of pretzels plus the whole pudding cup is only 160 calories :)

What is motivating you today?

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REVIVINGFAITH 1/18/2012 12:46PM

    Thanks Ginger. If you like salty and sweet together I think you'll like it. It is Jello sugar free chocolate pudding cup and snyders of hanover 100 calorie pack pretzels.

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GINGERGIRL1031 1/18/2012 12:43PM

    Wonderful motivators!! I'm going to have to try #6...LOL.

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Mixed Emotions

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Feeling so conflicted right now. It's a moment of weakness, maybe the first one I've had since I started this over again.

The reason is because of being emotional right now I guess. My husband really upset me tonight. We had an argument over money. He is in the wrong so I know he is eager to move on but it's not that easy for me. So that us what made me start to feel crappy. When I got home I was more determined to run tonight than ever but when I was changing I looked in the mirror and I didn't like what I saw. "why are you working so hard?" that old voice said to me. "You may have lost water weight but your body isn't changing. You will never look the way other women do." I tried to ignore it and I told myself it takes 8 weeks for me to see a change so if I stick with this 5 more weeks I will see a difference. I went running anyway.

I thought we were repeating week 2 of the run-2-5k but I didn't set it up right. The music started playing but when I looked at my phone a few minutes later, I was already supposed to have been running. That means I missed some run time at the start. At the end of the run I wanted to make it up so I decided to take time out of cool down and ran the rest of the way home, about 3 minutes. It was a lot of downhill but it was still so damn hard.

When we got in, I discovered that instead of repeating week 2 we had actually started week 3! I almost felt good about myself until I logged into Facebook. As I lay on the sofa panting like a dog, sick to my stomach and totally exhausted, I saw my sister in law post that she just signed up for her first 5k. I felt jealous and inferior. She was a gymnast most Of her life so I know he has worked hard for what she has while I was a couch potato, but still it discouraged me.

Tonight has just been too full of bad emotions. And the kitchen is still a mess. Just awesome.

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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/17/2012 7:19PM


Don't be hard on yourself and for me it doesn't help to compare yourself with others.

After a good nights sleep, you'll see things in a different light.

Keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NPR's ultimate workout mix

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Recently I've been wanting to add some extra songs to my workout playlist. NPR has been asking celebrities and athletes what their favorite songs to workout to are, in addition to taking suggestions from NPR listeners. They have compiled a long list of workout songs and are expanding it in the coming weeks. You can listen to it through the NPR player from the article. Here is a small sample of songs on it and a link to the full list:

Cake, "The Distance"
Cee-Lo Green, "Forget You"
Chemical Brothers, "Block Rockin' Beats"
Chromeo, "Fancy Footwork"
Chuck Berry, "Johnny B. Goode"
The Clash, "Polive & Thieves"
The Clash, "Train In Vain"
Cold Cave, "Love Comes Close"
Crystal Castles, "Celstica"
The Cure, "Hot Hot Hot"
Cut Copy, "Lights & Music"
Daft Punk, "Aerodynamic"
Daft Punk, "Harder Better Faster Stronger"
David Bowie, "Suffragette City"
The Dead Weather, "Cut Like A Buffalo"
Deee-Lite, "Groove is in the Heart"
Destiny's Child, "Bootylicious"

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BRANDNEWME78 1/17/2012 2:29PM

    Thanks for posting this! It's exactly what I've been looking for. I can't wait to get off work and go home to try it out!!

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    Thanks for this link! I've been listening to the Pandora mixes but this looks like it's worth checking out. Happy working out!

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More Progress on the Home Gym and Adjusted Calorie Limits

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yesterday I had a great idea. The Dr.'s office I work for used to employ a physical therapist, but after she left the practice her stuff was left behind. One of the things she had was a box of weights. There were a few medicine balls, a set of 8lb dumbbells, two other sets of 5 and 2lb dumbbells, and several soft weight straps filled with sand at different levels that can velcro to your arms or legs. It had just been sitting in my office taking up space for a while and then I thought, I'd love to have this stuff for my home gym! So I approached my boss and asked if I could buy it off him for $25, which was really a steal considering I have seen some dumbbell sets of two being sold for $15. He agreed to let me have them! So I enlisted the help of my friend to help me carry the box downstairs and into my car and very happily took them home.

Not only am I building a gym where our guest room used to be, we are making a new guest room out of my husband's guitar room and moving his guitars into our loft area. So while Bradley was moving all the bookshelves around, he found my Jillian Michaels book Making the Cut. I bought it two years ago before the wedding and it is a pretty good book. It has a nutrition plan and a pretty intense workout plan designed to get you ripped. Not so much for big weight loss, more to build muscle; she says it's for people with 20lbs or less to lose. That fits my category though, then and now, so I used it for some of my pre-wedding workouts. It's no joke though... I don't know if I ever got to where I could finish an entire workout. Even though I am in my "Healthy" BDI range, I am at the top of it and I am definitely not in good physical shape as far as strength or cardio endurance goes, so they kick my butt in a major way. But that's good I guess :)

Anyway I was looking back through the book and I used her formula to calculate my BMR. I had previously used an online calculator and there was a difference of a few hundred calories between what they said and what she said. Hers came up with 1403.1 calories, and the other one was around 1600 or so. Since I am trying to shoot for under 1300 calories anyway, I decided to adjust my nutrition goals on Spark to match what her book says. Over the weekend when I was PMSing I did eat the full 1550 calories they had originally given me but most days I think I can abide by 1403. Anyway that's just my supposed "resting" burn - it doesn't take into account any movement I do during the day which, even when sedentary, is bound to burn at least 100 calories just doing regular stuff like walking around the office, typing, writing, etc.

Ultimately I want to buy a body bugg so I can know exactly what my calories burned are. I have discovered this time around that keeping track of stats and using gadgets like fitness apps keeps me interested in the process. I love charts, graphs, and statistics so having a personalized readout on my activities is just really fascinating to me. And for me, boredom with my routine is the kiss of death on my fitness efforts. Well that, and pizza.


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