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Thursday, March 18, 2010

What did you eat for breakfast?
It changes a lot but today I had kashi cereal, blueberries, and plain greek yogurt. I also had some dark chocolate.

2. How much water do you drink a day?
Not quite enough. Normally around eight cups but I feel like I should drink more. I've never been a water drinker. Even after I decided to make an effort to stay hydrated it's still a struggle. I drink it if it's in front of me or I remember but otherwise I can go a while without it.

3. What is your favorite workout?
I am so ADD about workouts. It's totally dorky but Leslie Sansone's walking DVDs are nice. Low impact but you're moving the whole time and the advanced ones are pretty decent. I also like zumba and the elliptical. I'm more into cardio than weight lifting but I know both are important.

4. What is your favorite fruit?
I love a really crisp fresh Red Delicious apple. I know that's pretty simple but I could eat two of those a day, even though they are always really big. And I have to press every single apple when I buy it to make sure it's perfect.

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
Sweet potatoes. I loooove sweet potatoes. I can eat them plain with just a little cinnamon. Other than that I like all veggies.

6. How many calories do you burn a week?
I'm not sure. Somewhere between 600 and 800 a day when I work out.

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
I have gotten comfortable with 1600 but sometimes I eat more. I seem to go over one or two days and am really sedentary one day a week too so believe it or not I don't lose that much weight a week.

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Cheese. I loooove cheese. Apples, low calorie soup, and cottage cheese.

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Lately my lunches haven't had any structure. But I normally like to eat a salad with oil and vinegar dressing and some sort of protein.

10. What is usually for dinner?
A lean protein and steamed veggies.

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
My legs are easiest for me. I find that leg days are easier because you work out the quads and butt and hamstrings at the same time in a lot of exercises. I love dead lifts though because I love toning my lower back.

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
...I'm not sure. I'm not a big fan of upper body workouts. Chest maybe because I find it's hard to isolate it. My arms aren't strong enough to push enough weight to really work it out I think.

13. What is your least favorite exercise?
I can't think of any right now actually.

14. What is your favorite exercise?
I really like cardio.

15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
Lately it's most unhealthy foods. Probably just because I'm focusing on losing weight again though. When I'm not restricting myself as much I crave more wholesome things. Right now I could definitely go for donuts and burgers and pizza.

16. What is your go to workout song?
Lately I'm into Mika. Lollipop and Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) are my favorites.

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
Yeah, I take a lot. I take a multi, calcium, iron, fish oil, krill oil, coconut oil, Vitamin D and green tea extract. Sometimes I'm not always consistent though but I try to be.

18. How often do you eat out?
Too often. My fiancee gets four or five days off in a row and on those days we like to eat IHOP and Jason's Deli and Applebees and Ruby Tuesdays. But I always try to pick low calorie and nutritious options. I like to eat out but I am still trying to lose weight and eating out isn't necessarily a reason to stop thinking about it.

19. Do you eat fast food?
No. I can't remember the last time I had fast food. We might have had CiCis tonight but that's rare and we've been craving it for a while.

20. How do you stay motivated?
...that's really hard. I try to think about my wedding.

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
My fiancee.

22. How much weight have you lost?
I went from 148 to 125 and then back up to 135. I'm losing weight again now though. Slowly.

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
It's a weight I would love to be!

24. Do you have a gym membership?
Yes. We belong to a really cheap gym that's mostly for body builders but they have some nice classes and cardio machines. I'm too self conscious to use the weight machines though.

25. How often do you work out?
I try to work out six days a week. Sometimes I take an extra day off though.

26. How did you find Spark?
Through a friend.

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
Normally seven to eight hours. Sometimes nine but only once or twice a week.

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
I like to work out mid day. But I feel like I should definitely try to work out in the morning too.

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
Yeah, I definitely have days where I relax a bit. They might slow down weight loss but I think they keep the metabolism guessing and my hunger levels and obsessions down.

30. Do you drink soda?

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
Hardly ever. I don't like to think about the extra calories.

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
Probably the message boards. It gives me something to do.

33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
I probably dislike my arms the most. But my body stores fat evenly so I don't think there's any body part I'm totally happy with. I do love that I have a really good hourglass figure and I have a small waist ratio. And my fiancee likes my butt, lol.

34. Do you have a workout buddy?
No. My fiancee and I talk about working out but we don't do it together.

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
I have so much more energy now. Before I was tired all the time and my skin was terrible and I was always depressed. I still wish I had more energy than I do but I feel so much better. I'm happier and my skin is clear and I have energy to do the normal things people do. I used to wonder how my best friends could wake up before noon. I thought maybe I just wasn't one of those people. Now I realize that my lack of energy just wasn't normal.

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SEREN_SIGHS 3/18/2010 8:43PM

    Yeah, if I press a red delicious apple and it yields then it doesn't work. So of course I have to press a lot of them. But red delicious apples aren't good unless they are fresh and crisp. They are my favorite apple but if they're old they're probably my least favorite, lol.

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CEESNOW 3/18/2010 8:13PM

    My family teases me about 'feeling up the produce' LOL I do like my apples to feel a certain way too

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Back in the game.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Well, I am back to working out and counting calories. I've had a shaky start this month since I ended up getting the flu around the fifth. I took about seven days off from working out to recover and relax a bit. Luckily my lack of appetite helped restart that weight loss for me, lol.

I got up to 135 pounds believe it or not. It surprised me a bit but eating a lot and being very inactive due to SAD symptoms will pack on pounds pretty quickly. Especially if you don't weigh yourself for a few months. But I took a few months off to work on my body image issues, so seeing the gain didn't upset me as much as it would have several months ago. Last time I weighed on the scale it said 132.4. I'm hoping to get back down to 127 by spring.

I've started running and am up to 20 minutes straight at 5.5 miles an hour. I try to take more than 10,000 steps a day and use my FitBit to keep track, however some days I am very sedentary. Today I had planned on a light activity day to recover from strength training a bit but I ended up being tired a lot and I slept more than I probably should have.

I'm counting calories again but I'm doing it on paper, in a little notebook. I plan to stick between 1600 and 1800 calories a day. I burn about 2500 calories on a very active day, 2300 on a normal work out day, and about 1800 on a very sendentary day. So I figure that's a good range for me. I much prefer keeping track of calories in my notebook right now as opposed to using the spark tracker. It's much faster than going through everything online, and it doesn't judge my nutrient ratios, lol.

I guess I'll keep updating on my progress. I'm hoping to not go through the crazy hunger and obsessivness I seem to go through whenever I try to lose weight. Hopefully the fitbit will be a great tool for keeping my calories in an appropriate range and not going too low.

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SHRUTI23 3/18/2010 8:00PM

  You have come a long way SEREN. We all have lost and gained weight but the amount of knowledge and awareness we have now seems great. We know how much to eat and what exactly to eat.. emoticon

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I have a fitbit. Which is a little device that tells you how many steps you take and gives an estimate on how many calories you burn based on height, weight, age, and activity level. It has a sensor like the Wii to monitor what your body does throughout the day.

And that number, 2545, is the number of calories it said I burned yesterday. I took 15000 steps, totalled eight miles, ran for 20 minutes, walked briskly for 50 minutes, did the elliptical for 10 minutes, and weight lifted.

And if that's how many calories I burn in an average work out day for me then no wonder I couldn't lose weight or stop thinking about food when I was eating 1200 calories.

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SEREN_SIGHS 2/2/2010 9:24PM

    So far I love it. I have seen it overestimate my steps a bit but not by much and a general estimate is better than nothing. And it really motivates me and gets me off the couch. And if I really am burning 2500 calories a day when I work out the way I want to then it keeps me from undereating too. I can't lose weight when I get too few calories but it's hard to know what is two few.

Honestly, it was only 99 dollars. It took a few months to ship because of high demand but it was definitely worth it. And it came just at the right time because I have a wedding in a few months and I was going to start getting serious about working out on the first of February. And I got it the day before.

Anyways, I think I would recommend it. I don't have experience with other similar devices but apparently the company is pretty great and helped people with any problems they had.

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KRISTINB1977 2/2/2010 4:17PM

    how do you like your fitbit? I would love to have something like that (I love charts and statistics and stuff!) but can't bring myself to financially commit...

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uh oh.

Friday, November 06, 2009

So you know how I'm turning 21 in less than four weeks? Well I decided to do a little research about low calorie cocktails so that I'd be ready for when I desired alcohol after that. I came across an article with some really good tips. About half way through the article it talks about how some drinks these days have thousands of calories and are really just deserts.

And then what does it do? It seriously lists the amount of calories in the Mudslide from TGI Fridays that I want. 1100 calories. For a drink.

Ugh. That sucks. I was totally looking forward to drinking it. Yes I know it's only one drink but now I'm totally not sure what to do. Could I enjoy finally being able to order alcohol with a diet friendly drink? Yes. Have I been wanting this one drink for two years now? Yes. Is it ok to enjoy this drink one time? Probably. Will I feel guilty about it afterwards? Probably.

I know it's my 21st bday and now that I'm not binging I never go crazy and try to be conscious of what I eat. I might not be losing weight noticably but I'm not saying screw it either. But I just don't know if I'm comfortable waking up the day after my b-day, after all the drinks I may or may not have consumed, and thinking "hm. I probably consumed over 3500 calories yesterday. That's an entire pound I gained overnight". I mean, sure I've gained several pounds before. But not in one day. Not that I knew anyways.

In other news my feet hate me. I have two really large blisters on one of my feet. I've been trying to walk for about an hour everyday to enjoy the sun and get some activity in. My sneakers gave me a huge blister on the back of my heal. So today when I went to look for something I dropped I wore my flip flops since it was quite warm. Well, those just gave me a huge blister on the front of my foot.


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STRINGS58 11/8/2009 7:46AM

    Diet friendly drinks are usually limited to wine and those mixed with diet sodas. It can be important to have food in your stomach. You know, more calories. My suggestions is to remember that even if you overconsume calories, it doesn't turn to fat right away. So, enjoy your birthday (with a designated driver friend) and then plan some long, easy workout time for the next 3 days after, and work yourself back into a routine. Sounds like your feet need pilates or water aerobics (or maybe different shoes??)
Sometimes the worry is more destructive that the overconsumption. Just apply your corrective measures. Have a Happy (and Safe) Birthday!

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interesting theory.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

So I like to read weight loss blogs. You'd be amazed how once you find one you can get sucked in to a whole bunch.

Anyways, this one blog was quoting an idea from another blog that I thought was really intriguing. It was about counting calories and how tedious it can be. So this one person said that she tried to stay around 1200 to 1500 calories and she counted all the calories she ate with the exception of fruits and veggies.

Now she did count some fruits and veggies like avocados and such. I can't decide if bananas should be included in that too. But I thought it was such an interesting theory that I had to share.

If I were to adopt this technique I would try to aim for a few hundred calories below what I really wanted. And then I would just add up all the calories in my meals except for the fruit and veggie parts.

But it sounds so much easier. Admittedly you can still eat over your calories this way. If you're eating 1200 calories of non fruit/veggie food then you would have to worry about eating 500 to 600 calories worth of fruit and veggies. Which is about five apples or five bananas. But I don't think I could eat five apples or bananas in a day.

I don't eat enough fruits and veggies. I eat some fruits and veggies but not as many as I feel I should. So I went out and bought:

two pomegranates
a red bell pepper
a green bell pepper
spinach leaves
red delicious apples
frozen berries

Hopefully this time I can actually eat all of them. I've started preparing large salads so that I can eat them during the week and I cut up some celery and the peppers to snack on. Maybe I should tape a note to the fridge telling me to step away from the cheese stick and grab some peppers instead?

Also, my birthday is exactly four weeks away. I'm getting kinda nervous because I feel a lot of calories are going to be consumed...I want a pina colada, and a mudslide. And cake. And a donut. And I have the feeling my fiancee will want to take me to a bar.

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SEREN_SIGHS 11/5/2009 7:04PM

    Well it's my 21st birthday. So I might not splurge on food but I might have a few drinks. Actually, I'm back and forth on the drinks. Honestly, I don't like to drink frequently but I think being able to legally drink will be a lot of fun.

I definitely think my first two drinks will be pina colada and mudslide. Girly I know. And high in calorie. But it's what I want.

And the only reason I want cake is because I walk past them at the grocery store and the coconut one looks so yummy. And I think "oooh, I have a birthday coming up". And I want a donut because I always want donuts.

I don't eat a lot of potatoes, except sweet potatos twice a month and we haven't had corn in forever because I don't see it as healthy enough, lol. I like peas and we eat those for dinner about once to twice a week.

If I decide to not count fruits and veggies I think high calorie fruits and veggies don't count if I only eat them once a day. Like I can have an apple but not three apples becaues they have "no calories".

Thanks for the comment!

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WISECRICKET 11/5/2009 4:21PM

    I think that if you didn't count the calories for *vegetables*, that might be good. Because you really need those vegetables, and most of them are pretty low calorie. Be careful of the starchy ones, though. Potatos, corn, peas, and the like. But broccoli? If you ask me, it's so much more important to get it in you than it is to record the 37 calories. Plus, if you are not counting them, if you are hungry for a snack, it is then more tempting to grab a big bowl of carrots and peppers than it is to grab a carb or something.

Good luck on your birthday. Remember, you don't have to splurge all day. Choose a splurge or two. And remember that it doesn't have to be your birthday to splurge. If you've had a good week, go ahead and reward yourself with a pina colada. Just don't reward yourself with two or three or six.

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