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Struggling... Need to reevaluate.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Okay. I'm attempting not to be too hard on myself, but I'm extremely frustrated. I've always had a tendency (especially the last few years since college) of making plans, getting really pumped, and then quitting and/or changing my mind, sometimes before it's even begun. It happens a lot where my career is concerned, and right now it's to do with this journey I'm trying to embark on to slim down for good.

I think my biggest problem is not having enough patience. When I don't see results right away when I'm putting in what I feel is a lot of effort, I slowly begin to give up. It's already happening, and it needs to stop! Ugh!

From clutter around the house, clothes I no longer wear, body fat on my belly, hips, and thighs, and stress in general, I have a lot of excess that I need to address and rid myself of. I feel very bogged down and lost. I'm trying to utilize the site as much as I can to help myself, but I think I tried to take on too much too soon. Case in point: my accountability blog.

I think I need to take a few steps back, I'm just not quite sure where to start.

  
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SHANNONNICOLE85 1/30/2012 3:28PM

    Thanks, ladies! I appreciate the encouragement and feedback. I'm trying to take it all one step at a time. Today is going well, so far. I think I am going to leave the accountability blog for now but continue to blog a few times a week as I continue to work at this. I bought a new book on mindfulness, and I'm eager to begin reading it. I know my stress goes beyond weight loss and gain, and I'm looking to find more clarity and happiness in my life. Hopefully it will all tie in together soon enough
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DANGEROUSLAMB81 1/30/2012 9:25AM

    I want to give you a great big hug right now!
My philosophy on this current journey is "Do the next best choice" that means living in the now and making an effort to make the best decision for what is happening next. such as, ok I'm going to get up and sort as much clutter as I can until I'm tired. then ok I'm going to eat a healthy meal for lunch and not think about what kind of dinner last night. do you understand? it's hard to explain in an email..
Don't be too hard on yourself sweet. You were don't really good with your accountability blog. If it's something you feel you must do, then just pick it back up. If it's not essential then forget about it and try something new.
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FOREVER-IN-LOVE 1/30/2012 8:45AM

    You've been doing so great! Keep in mind the progress you have made so far! emoticon

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OTTERMOMMY 1/30/2012 12:28AM

    First off, don't give up.

Secondly, this is what I would suggest. Make a list of all the excesses you want to get rid of. Then, tackle one at a time. It will seem much more manageable that way.

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KING23GIRLS 1/29/2012 11:32PM

  Don't give up! Do your best and forget the rest! We all feel that way from time to time and we all get discouraged and fall off the wagon from time to time. That's why we're all here on Sparkpeople. Just do your best, let out the bad feelings on your blog, get up, and start again. You can do it!

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Accountability: Day 7

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Unfortunately my week ended quite the opposite as it began: I'm sick.
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I've been given another batch of meds to help this along, as it seems to be leftover from my earlier sickness.

While I did manage to have a green smoothie and read a chapter of my book, I spent the day primarily on the couch trying to rest. Tomorrow is weigh-in, so I attempted to "be good" even though my body was craving heavier foods to go with my horse pills. :/ Seriously hoping the number has decreased from last week with all the exercising I managed to fit in this week. I will know in the next 12 hours--fingers crossed!

  
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FOREVER-IN-LOVE 1/29/2012 10:57AM

    I don't doubt that your weigh- in will be great! You've been doing so good and this is just a mere bump in the road! I completely get what you're going through right now, and it's no fun at all! I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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DANGEROUSLAMB81 1/28/2012 11:26PM

    oh no! That's so frustrating when you mentally are there but physically feel less than stellar. get well soon : )

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Accountability: Day 6

Friday, January 27, 2012

emoticon Green smoothie
emoticon 70 fitness minutes
emoticon Cardio class at the gym (today we did 30 min of med-high impact step aerobics plus 40 min of TRX--very cool!)
emoticon Read chapter 5 of The Hunger Games
emoticonRead a motivational blog today.
emoticon Blog! :)

Now...catching up on this week's AI and enjoying some yummy "soft serve" to soothe my sore throat.

'Night, all!

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Goals for First 30 Days (Jan. 22, 2012 - Feb. 20, 2012)

-Include a green smoothie each day.
-Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, with one day of rest.
-Attend 3 classes at the gym each week.
-Be “productive” at least once a day (clean, read, etc.)
-Read something motivational each day.
-Blog progress each day.

  


Accountability: Day 5 (And a new goal...)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Once again, I forgot to blog yesterday's progress last night... Gotta get back to it! I will try to make it part of my bedtime routine.

That being said, yesterday didn't go as planned. It's actually made me reevaluate my goal to have a green smoothie and a kale salad EVERY DAY. While it's NO PROBLEM AT ALL for me to do the smoothie (I crave them! And they're my after-workout meal), I realized now that it's not always possible for me to make the kale salad. It is slightly time-consuming, so if I don't plan it into my day (which is what happened yesterday) it won't get made. And I really prefer it to be made fresh instead of in advance. So, I'm still going to keep the green smoothie part of my goal, as I'm really making it a part of my daily life. But for now, I'm going to shoot to have a kale salad MOST days in the week. I trust myself (I believe! haha) to do that without having it be a part of the accountability blog.

I do want to implement a new goal in a few days, though: NO SUGAR. I have a terrible addiction to it, and after some major reading about how to lose belly fat and keep it gone...I realize sugar and I need a time out. It's going to be HARD, and I'm going to want to cave in. But I think I can do it--I have to! I don't plan on keeping sugar out of my life forever (the healthier kinds, anyway). I hope to detox myself from it for 3-4 weeks, and then I can allow myself the occasional treat in moderation. I'm going to try a few different techniques when I get a craving (go for a walk, jump on the mini-trampoline, do some yoga), but often times I crave it after dinner when I'm enjoying some T.V. In those cases, I will try to stave it away with some hot tea or orange juice, if absolutely necessary. I will allow myself full-fruit "soft serve" (using my new Yonanas "ice cream" maker--so awesome!) once or twice a week to motivate me to continue with the "no added and artificial sugar" detox.

Enough of that rambling. Here's yesterday's stats:

emoticon Green smoothie
emoticon 60 fitness minutes
emoticon 4th class at the gym this week: Thutts & Guts (funny name, but no laughing involved!) and Yoga as well.
emoticon My being productive today came from having a meeting at the theatre I work at. Not as productive as cleaning, but it was needed :)
emoticon Again, I know I read several motivational articles...
emoticon Blog.

I WILL be back later...
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Goals for First 30 Days (Jan. 22, 2012 - Feb. 20, 2012)

-Include a green smoothie each day.
-Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, with one day of rest.
-Attend 3 classes at the gym each week.
-Be “productive” at least once a day (clean, read, etc.)
-Read something motivational each day.
-Blog progress each day.


  
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MEGAMILLIONS135 2/7/2012 11:13AM

    I read that your brain makes associations between things. You have cravings while watching TV because you're mind is thinking that you normally eat while doing this activity, why aren't you doing it now? You can switch it by trying to make a good habit form. I have the same issue...I now take 5 lbs dumbells and do a couple sets of tricep or bicep exercise (I don't like my flabby arms) while watching Greys. Crunches would be easy to do while watching TV as well.

Good Job! Keep it up! Remember to give yourself little credits here and there because for every negative thing (even towards yourself) takes 7 good things to reverse the damage. Giving yourself credit does NOT me you're being to lenient or justifying bad behavior.

Thanks for sharing! I'll be following along! emoticon

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DANGEROUSLAMB81 1/27/2012 5:24PM

    Let me tell you about breaking my sugar addiction....I did it!
I'm a recovering alcoholic and we crave sugar like mad at first-like MAD! I was buying packs of mini cupcakes and downing them in a couple hours. It was baaaaad.
Whenever sugar cravings creep up on me now(almost never), I have a few bars of dark chocolate or just a couple mints. It takes the edge off.
Something else I learned through recovery and cravings, change the channel in your brain lol All the things you mentioned about (yoga, etc.) are good ways of doing that.
Good luck!!

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Accountability: Day 4

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ooops! Just checking in from yesterday since I forgot to blog last night...
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emoticon Green smoothie *I didn't actually have a kale salad for lunch (needed a break), but I did have some yummy and healthy curried carrot soup and roasted cauliflower on the side for dinner! So, in my book, I did just fine! :)
emoticon Planned REST DAY
emoticon Did some cleaning and organizing in my room, but it's FAR from done! haha
emoticon I know I did read something motivation on the site, but I can't remember it now :/
emoticon Blog--better late than never!

Had a chill-out day yesterday, but I'm back at it today! Gym class, CHECK...Green smoothie, CHECK! I'll be back later to officially blog for today.

Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone!
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FOREVER-IN-LOVE 1/26/2012 9:17PM

    You're doing great by the sounds of it!

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