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Saturday Night

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Well, for a shortened week, it sure has seemed long. I ended up being busy for the rest of the week, and I wasn't able to get to the gym again, but I am going to go tomorrow morning for about an hour.

I'm really worried though. I feel like I just can't get into the groove of exercise and eating well - things come up, and I lose all concentration. I need to get myself on track, and I need to stay there. I often feel like a hypocrite when I am teaching - especially when I teach my wellness class. Who am I to tell my students to eat well, exercise, and maintain a healthy weight, when I can't seem to do it myself? How unfair is that? I know what I need to do, I know how to do it, but I just can't seem to put my knowledge into practice. Any tips from member would be extremely appreciated.

It's funny, I get so inspired from the other posts here on Sparkpeople, and I feel like I can take on the world. Then I move away from the computer, and everything goes away. I wish I could keep the inspiration going - almost like an inspirational quote that I can pull out whenever I need to see it. Maybe I need to start writing things down on paper again, as well as on here. I need to be accountable to myself and others.

I CAN do this! I WILL do this! I HAVE to do this to make myself healthier for the rest of my life! I want to be an inspiration to others - but I need to put in the work first. Tomorrow, I WILL get up early and go to the gym!

I hope everyone else makes a promise to themselves as well, to do something that they have had trouble sticking with. Have a good night and a fantastic weekend - I will check in again tomorrow!


First time back since July!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On Monday, I decided to head back to the gym for the first time in months. I managed to hop on an Arc trainer and do the interval program for thirty minutes. This managed to confirm that I am desperately out of shape. :) After the first two minutes, I was ready to hop back off, head home, and curl up under a blanket on my couch. BUT...I pushed on, and I finished the whole thirty minutes.

Then I got the brilliant idea that I should work on my abs. So I went to the stretching area, grabbed a BOSU ball and found a spot. I ended up doing 3 sets of 30 crunches and 30 side bends (on the BOSU) for both sides. That equals 270 crunches all together! WHAT WAS I THINKING? Yesterday I could not get up from a lying position because I would have to use my abdominal muscles for leverage. It hurt so bad! LOL

I didn't forget about stretching. I ended up stretching for about ten minutes, and realized that I do still have some flexibility. That made me happy.

What was interesting was the fact that going back to the gym wasn't has hard, or as scary, as I thought it was going to be. I walked in, and everyone remembered me, which was a great feeling! And after my workout, I felt like I had accomplished something.

I didn't go on Tuesday because I worked from 12 - 10 and I was just exhausted. But, I teach at the College, so I am unable to sit down at all during class. I'm constantly walking around and moving while I teach. A couple years ago, I actually had a student make the remark that he was surprised I wasn't super skinny because I am always moving and "full of energy". What he didn't know, was that after I teach I pretty much collapse on my couch because I have absolutely no energy left. I want to have energy to last the entire class, and afterwards as well.

I think I will go to the gym again today, after I finish tutoring. I will be fairly close anyway, so I might as well pop over and get in a good workout - maybe work on my biceps and triceps. I need to get my arms looking nice since I will be in at least one wedding, wearing a halter dress.

I'm still contemplating doing a detox, but I'm a little nervous, and not sure which one I should do. Any suggestions? Have a fantastic day - and try to get some will make you feel emoticon

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MANDALORE 2/22/2012 9:53AM

    welcome back!

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Day 2 of blogging

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Well, today I didn't really do too much with exercise - although I did clean my house. I suppose that counts at least a little bit...right?

I read some of this month's best blogs and I have to say, they were extremely inspiring. The people on this website are so dedicated, and it really makes me think that I can possibly get through this horrid year-long plateau. I really do need to get my butt in gear though, and stop with the excuses! I figure tomorrow morning I am going to get up fairly early, get my lazy behind to the gym and try to do at least a half hour of cardio, and work on my abs. Wish me luck, it's been since July that I have been to the gym. (Yikes, I didn't realize it was THAT long)

I feel like I am up for the challenge once again. Today I succeeded at putting in new faucets in my kitchen sink. I was determined to get them in, but I wasn't really sure if I could. When I finally did get them in, I felt so wonderful. I want to feel that way at every challenge that I face. I know getting back on track is going to be hard, but every day is a new challenge and I am going to face it - and track everything here on Sparkpeople! I am also going to get on the boards more and read about other members' tips, tricks, successes, and hardships. I really want to get more support, and I know that I have to actively search for it - it's not going to fall in my lap! LOL

Anyway, this was a long, rambling letter, but I feel better after writing it. I also feel more committed to reaching my goals, and knowing that I will be blogging about it where others can read about it will, hopefully, force me to work harder (and forgive myself for the occasional blip). Thanks for reading - and if you have any tips, don't hesitate to respond!

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CCASKEY37 2/20/2012 6:56AM

    Good blog. I find it helpful just to see how many people are struggling with the same things as I.


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Welcome Back ~ Vacation mode for too long!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Well, I finally came back. I haven't been on here since before Christmas and I feel gross for not sticking to my plans. Luckily, I haven't gained anything back, but I do need to get back on track with eating - cookies have been my mainstay for the past month and a half.

I would like to pose a question to the blog world of Sparkpeople: I'm considering trying a detox (to get rid of all the nasty sugars and toxins in my body), and I would love your opinions and suggestions about which detoxes worked for you. I've never done one before, but I think I would like to try. I feel like my body is relying too much on sugar, bad carbs (white bread, pasta, and rice), and other junk. I would like a fresh start.

My first order of business is to get my Brita filled up and ready, so I can start drinking more water - coffee has been my main drink of choice since the beginning of January, and I can feel my joints starting to ache. I remember reading that aching joints are a sign of dehydration, so here's hoping that I can nip this in the bud! LOL

Please give me some suggestions for cleaning up my eating, so I can get back on track. Thank you so much!


Almost Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Well, this December has been crazy, busy, and pretty terrific so far! Crazy because everything seemed to happen this month - bills, the car, job name it, I've been through it this December. Thank goodness I didn't have bad news about anything though.

As for busy...well, marking 5 classes of essays kept me up late every night for the past two weeks. Plus, I have been trying to sell items on Kijiji (which happened to be a huge bust), and tutor (privately and for a business).

What was terrific??? Well, I made it through the crazy, AND the busy! Plus, I managed to book a flight home for Christmas, so I get to see my mom. I have applied for a new job, and now I just have to play the waiting game to see if they want me or not. AND to top it all off, I have lost 4 pounds this month! That is more than I have lost this entire year!!!! I'm thrilled ~ although, part of me wonders if it could have been the stress. Usually I gain when I am stressed, but I'm getting older, so maybe things change.

Either way, I am holding on to the happy feeling I have right now, and I am going to make sure I bring workout clothes and shoes. My mom has a treadmill and elliptical, and I plan on making use of both pieces of equipment while I am visiting - I want the weight loss to stay, and continue!

I may not have access to Spark People while I am gone - but I will still hold myself accountable! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Bless the Solstice! Have a fantastic holiday season, and if I don't get back on until later, have a very wonderful New Year!


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