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Monday, October 17, 2011

October is the beginning of what is usually weight gain season for me. It starts with the Halloween candy that I buy "in case kids show up". Add to that the costume parties, and pumpkin ice cream. Soon afterwards comes Thanksgiving and the all of the Christmas eating and socializing. Plus, I just want to eat more during the Fall and Winter months. Usually this means a gain of close to 10 pounds that I spend the rest of the year trying to get off.

This year will be different. I think that joining spark people has made me much more aware of what I'm eating and how much activity I'm getting. Awhile back I challenged myself by not buying junkfood. It helped me to see that a huge part of my problem was that I was putting too much crap in my body. Lately, although I do buy sweets I've been only eating a little ans either sharing or tossing the rest. Well, unless it's icecream. Icecream is a weakness of mine.

I've also started to get back into hiking. It's nice to have an exercise activity that I enjoy and lets me meet amazing people. I was worried when I had to let go of my gym membership due to financial reasons that I would slack off exercise-wise. Fortunately, I've been able to go hiking almost every weekend. I'm also planning on taking a course on winter hiking and even trying snowshoeing.

So now, Fall and Winter are less about what foods I get to eat and more about what hikes and activities I get to do. Since boredom and emotional eating are a large part of my problem, I'm feeling very optimistic that this will no longer be my weight gain season.

I hope you have a lovely Fall/Winter planned as well!

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MAGPIE17 10/17/2011 5:35PM

    Looks like you have an awesome attitude and plan for the fall and winter!!

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This week

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I'm visiting my aunt and uncle for almost 2 weeks. It's been over a year since I've seen them and more than 2 years since I've seen the rest of my family. When I first moved to Boston, it was because I was working all of the time. So now, I'm taking advantage of being able to see them while I can.

I may gain weight while I'm here because I won't be able to control the types of food or have access to the same exercise equipment, etc. But life is like that--you can't always control everything, but you have to keep living.

See you in a few weeks!

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MAGPIE17 5/24/2011 11:27AM

    Enjoy your time with your aunt and uncle! And thank you for the wonderful encouragement on my blog!

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Happy Patriots Day!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Today is patriots day--the day that people run the Boston Marathon. I'm going to watch one of my friends run by today at lunch and cheer her on. Running a marathon is something to be very proud about. When I was in grad school, one of the things people would say was, "It's not a sprint, it's a marathon". The idea being that you shouldn't focus on getting everything done at once--which could lead to burn out, but rather focus on lasting until the end.

I think weight loss and maintaining healthy habits in general is a lot like a marathon - -in addition to being like a scavenger hunt, of course. It's more important to last until the end than to lose a lot of weight up front. I'm definitely in the slow pace when it comes to weight loss.

I kept up my goals this week--but just barely. I went to a roller derby and ate 2 delicious cupcakes--which finishes off my treat coupons for the month. They were very yummy and totally worth it.

It's still an effort to go to bed on time. I'm going to work on that this week. I tend to let myself wait until 12:15...but I really shouldn't. I do notice that when I go to sleep on time I have a lot more energy during the day.

weight wise I lost another pound this week. Yay!

Hope you had a good week too!!!

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MAGPIE17 4/19/2011 11:11AM

    WTG on the pound! I like your analogy of a marathon - I think it totally applies to weight loss!

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The Hunt Vs The Prize

Sunday, April 10, 2011

This weekend I won 4 tickets to a scavenger hunt around Boston. Trying to find as much free stuff to do has been part of my strategy to save money. My thought is that if I'm doing something, I'm less likely to be spending money or eating just because I'm bored. The hunt was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about Boston that I didn't know. It was also great to work as part of a team--to learn what each person's strengths are and what I needed to work on personally.

We didn't win, but we did really well and had a fantastic time. The team that did win got t-shirts. I'm a bit suspicious of them since they got every clue--even the one that was obscured by crowds AND finished early. But I digress. Winning would've been fun, but I don't need or want another t-shirt. This is a somewhat strained metaphor for my weight loss goals. I don't think that there will ever be a time where I can say "I've won. I'm done. No more thinking about what I eat anymore". I've tried that before and then when things become stressful, and they always do, I end up gaining weight. That means I have to enjoy the hunt. It feels good to take care of yourself, to say I don't need to eat that just because it's there. I can get off the couch. I can!

After the hunt, I got dinner and then coffee with a friend. She wanted to thank me for inviting her :) They had delicious desserts at the coffee shop, but I didn't get one because I didn't want to waste one of my treat coupons. I was already full enough that I would not have been able to really enjoy it. I was very proud of myself.

I kept to my goals this week. They may be small, but I'm hoping to make permanent changes. I feel more energized, the sleep really helps. I'm savoring things more too. I also lost a pound, which feels really good.

Hope you had a wonderful week too!

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MAGPIE17 4/11/2011 3:33PM

    Sounds like fun! Congrats on your weight loss. I'm trying to find less expensive ways to have fun, too :)

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BLUEMRSM 4/11/2011 9:38AM

    What a fun day! Good strategy to keep busy--somehow weekends are always challenging for me.

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Hello April

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Last month's challenge went so well that I thought I'd do another. I'm focusing on small changes right now on so that I can work on changing some of my bad habits.

After completing last month's challenge: gym and not buying junk food I managed to lose 5 pounds. emoticon emoticon

This month, I'm letting junk food back in..but in moderation. I'm allowing myself 5 passes to buy junkfood. I've already used one so far, but I'm hoping that I have some left over. If I do, I'm going to treat myself somehow.

My goals this month are:

1. Go to sleep by midnight at least 5 days a week (but hopefully more) emoticon emoticon

2. Keep up the exercise a minimum of 2 workouts a week, but trying for 3
emoticon. I like exercise, my main difficulty is time management

3. Finally finish the draft of this paper I've been avoiding. My goal is to sit down with it a minimum of an hour a week. Hopefully, I will get into a groove and finish it. emoticon

That's it for now...baby steps.

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MAGPIE17 4/7/2011 3:08PM

    Great goals! And WTG on last month's goals!!

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