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Day 1 - Try 975,241 of my journey

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Okay, so I may be over exaggerating a little bit! I don't know that I have tried to lose weight 975,241 times, but it sure feels that way. HOWEVER - Day 1 feels good this time.

I am getting back into a workout routine and am hoping that will lead me to make better food choices. I know this is a journey and not a race and I have known this for a while.

I wanted to share my Vision Collage with you all and I hope you come along on my journey and allow me to come join yours as well.

Cheers to Day 1!

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Try Try Try Again

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Well, not really... I never stopped trying, but this time I am just not giving up! I will persevere.

I have been doing really well with my nutrition and exercise for over a month, but I just don't seem to be losing any weight. I know it will come and I of course feel better because I am eating well and working out more consistently, but why can I not lose weight regularly?

I see my husband hardly working out and only changing his eating habits slightly and he has lost close to 8 lbs already. I know that men lose weight faster and differently than women... I just don't like it. emoticon

I am not giving up though- I like eating healthy (for the most part). There are days when I really want a meatball sub, but I just push through. I make sure to calculate some treats into my life. If I want ice cream one evening, I plan ahead so that it is calculated into my daily calories. I love ice cream, so of course there are days where I have to push through and just say "no"! I have a plan for those days - they are called frozen grapes and I love them! It is a frozen sweet treat, but much healthier. I eat about 15 of those bad boys and I don't even think about the ice cream. emoticon Okay, I think about it a little bit. Who doesn't?

The hubbs and I are heading to Key West on Saturday for a week. I am not where I wanted to be, but I have a plan for our trip. I am going to track what I eat/drink and I am going to workout... lots of walking, biking and I hope to get up and run the island in the mornings. I have not drank in over a month - cut that out of my life just to see if it helped with my weight loss (it doesn't seem to have helped). I plan to drink some, but I know my body and I don't want to feel lousy during the vacation.

Fingers crossed I either lose or maintain during this vacation. My hope is that since there is an abundance of fresh fish, that I will just be eating ceviche and fish tacos all week! emoticon YUUMMMM!

I won't be on Spark much during the vacation because I don't think we are taking the laptop along. However, I am ready with my handy dandy app both on the tablet and my iphone. No excuses!

Thanks to everyone that I have met on Spark for inspiring me, pushing me, and caring about me. I can't imagine being on this journey alone!

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/31/2014 11:39AM

    Enjoy the vacation! I have always wanted to go to Key West.. and WILL before long. I imagine there will be lots of walking for you guys. All I did yesterday was go to a ballgame (Go O's!) and walked for over an hour.. fast. It doesn't take much.

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KOFFEENUT 8/7/2014 3:01PM

    Good for you for hanging in there even when the scale isn't budging! I actually had to put the scale away for awhile - it was frustrating because I had absolutely NO control over what it did. Instead I focused on things I COULD control (Yes, I CAN eat 2 servings of vegetables today! Yes, I CAN exercise 5 minutes more than last week!). By focusing on things I COULD control I not only built healthy lifestyle habits, I eventually saw that scale cooperate.

Go out and enjoy that vacation!

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Finding myself

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Somehow from my last blog until March 2014, I lost a good deal of weight. I was happy and excited because I got my bridesmaid dress for my brother's wedding and it was two sizes smaller than what I could fit into in October when we got fitted originally. I purchased the dress and was on a roll with my eating and working out.

Then, the busy spring at work reared its ugly head and I slowly gained the weight back. When my brother got married last month, I could barely fit into the dress and the under layer actually ripped. It was embarrassing and sad for me because I had a realistic goal and just couldn't make it happen.

Over the past few weeks, I have really been working hard on myself and making decisions that are healthy and smart for me and only me. I have cut down on my alcohol intake and I am really trying to keep my diet in check. I am slowly incorporating some workouts, but we got rid of our gym membership because it was just way too expensive.

I have some workouts that I found in my old magazines and I am going to put together a strength training workout and I am walking/jogging every morning. I am really excited and know that I can do this. It is about me and only me... no one else!

Thanks for the continued support as a navigate this crazy journey we call life!


Trying to figure it all out

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Disclaimer - sorry if this blog sounds angry and frustrated, but right now I am both of those things!!

I have been doing a 90-day challenge for almost two months - Sunday will be two months. I get up and meet the group at 4;45am Tuesday- Friday and we meet at 7:00am on Saturdays and Sundays. Our rest day is Mondays. It is a strength training program through Beach Body called BEAST. I also do 3 days of cardio per week.

At the 30 day weigh-in I lost 2 lbs and my measurements were going in the direction I wanted. By no means was I pleased with the results, but it was something. I was tracking some days, but not everyday and figured I would add that into my program so that I would see more results. I was just more determined than ever to make the second 30 days even better!

I gave myself a 5 lbs weight loss goal for the second part of the challenge. This is pretty realistic and I thought doable. However, I weighed myself on Monday and had a bit of "shut the front door" moment. I had NOT lost any weight.

Now, I have been tracking consistently for about 3 weeks and doing the same schedule for work outs. I do different cardio depending on my mood, but I am committing myself to 3 days of cardio. Why have I not lost any weight?? How can this be possible??

The weigh-in is this Sunday and I would like to at least match my 2 lbs loss from the last weigh-in, but I am starting to think that is not even possible.The trainer is going to take a look at my food log and I know she is going to say I am not eating enough and that I need more protein, BUT i am just not hungry!

I have struggled with getting to a point of only eating when I am hungry and thinking about what I am putting into my body and what that means for me. I have been working on this since 2009 and I just can't emotionally go back to eating no matter if I am hungry or not. I am worried that I will revert back to emotional eating.

I really want to lose the weight. I want to be healthy, I want to look good for my brother's wedding, I want to feel good about myself when I look at myself in the mirror. I don't have a lot of money to be able to spend on a personal trainer (oh yea, this program was free for 90 days to a select few folks), individual classes, etc. I belong to a gym and I need to learn to make that work because that is expensive in itself.

I weigh 188lbs and I would like to be at 140lbs. I think I would be happy with that weight - I want to be toned, I want to not get out of breath from walking up the stairs or running.

The other tough part is that my husband says he needs and wants to lose weight, but then he doesn't do anything to make a change. He told me over the summer that me bugging him makes him want to do it less and it makes him mad. He will do it when he is ready. I get that everyone is different, but I really need his support and I just don't feel like I am getting it.

If anyone has any tips or suggestions, please let me know. I have been struggling since 2002 when I really started to put on the weight do to breaking my back. The lowest weight since then was 159lbs - then it slowly just came back.

I am ready and need to figure this out... HELP!


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SHAPEITUP3 11/20/2013 4:41PM

    BIGSISTRUCK - I am getting 6 - 6.5 hours of sleep consistently. I have never slept a lot. I have trouble sleeping through an entire night. I was on sleeping pills before, but I really don't like to use pills if I can help it. I have tried sleepy tea and chamomile tea, etc - they just leave me groggy the next day and I still wake up throughout the night.

I am doing strength training 6 days per week - it's about 35-45 minutes per session and then I do cardio 3 times per week for 30-60 minutes. Since I am doing a strength training program, I feel the need to still do cardio and don't really count the strength training in the minutes that i workout.

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BIGSISTRUCK 11/20/2013 2:41PM

    Are you getting enough sleep? That will affect your weight loss a lot. Also, I noticed that when I worked out too hard and too much my weight loss would stall. Eating lighter and exercising lighter was the answer for me, and I only discovered that because of a heart condition that slowed me down to walking from running! I have read many times that anything over 30 minutes of exercise a day doesn't do you much good. emoticon

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SHAPEITUP3 11/20/2013 12:02PM

    Thanks Everyone! Eburgite - I totally know what you mean regarding A+B= tomatoes emoticon

I will try the smoothie thing after the gym. I was drinking smoothies with protein powder for breakfast, but maybe I need to drink it right after the gym (5:45am) and then eat my breakfast (toast with PB and banana or oatmeal with PB) right before I leave for work (6:50am).

Thanks for the great suggestions SQUIRRELLYONE!!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 11/20/2013 11:53AM

    If you're not eating enough but not hungry, I can offer a few suggestions:

Post-workout, make a smoothie. It doesn't have to be super-big or made with "protein powder"... just toss a banana, some peanut butter, and chocolate milk into a blender and pack it in a to-go thermos. If you water it down enough, you won't feel bloated, but you'll get extra nutrients, protein, and calories.

Try drinking milk with meals rather than water (or soy/almond milk, if dairy's not your thing).

Try more calorie-dense meals. For example, if you have oatmeal for breakfast, make it with banana and milk, rather than water, or add nut butter or an egg. Try adding hard boiled eggs to sandwiches or salads.

Use the sparktrackers. They're not 100%, but if you're eating WAAAY too little and doing too much, they'll give you a head's up.

Good luck!

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EBURGITE 11/20/2013 11:49AM

    if your trainer is telling you to eat more, then you likely SHOULD eat more. i completely understand your dieting, a+b may equal tomatoes, if you know what i mean. things don't always make sense. eating too little just teaches your body to conserve more calories for famine.
if you're building muscle, the scale may not go down, it may go up, but your measurements will go down.
hang in there...keep working to figure out what you need to do for YOUR body.

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TINA8605 11/20/2013 11:41AM

  I am dealing with the same issue with my bf. Its very frustrating. I have to remind my self all the time...I'm doing this for me! For Me!! I want to go off this plan because of him all the time. I keep notes posted in my fridge and cabinets...Don't undo the efforts you made today. You have apparently hit a plateau and do need to review your food intake and exercise. I have to work out every day if I want to see results. I have just excepted this is what I have to do to make this work for me. Get some advise and do it for your self. Your efforts are to make you healthier...not someone else...including you husband. emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 11/20/2013 11:40AM

    ive done the same i diet and diet and exercise so much more then i used to and all i do is up a bit down and bit and stay the same - its so frustrating

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Lets Run Day 1 review

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I ran last night after work - I was tired and was going to back out, but I did it anyhow. I am glad that I did.

My C25K app was not working right - my music wasn't playing and it kept pausing. So, I went to my MapMyRun App and just said to myself - run as long as you can.

I ran .5 miles and said "okay, I can do this. lets run another .5 mile and then walk". I ran 1 mile and still felt good, so I ran another .4 miles before I hit my brick wall. As many people can attest - Baltimore is quite hilly, so I had a few hills in my workout and the last one killed me. I made it half way up and couldn't go any longer. I was hoping to make it another .1, but my body was screaming.

I walked another mile to cool down and stretch out my body. Last night was quite rough. My muscles felt great, no worries there. However, my joints were not happy with me and when I stood up (after dinner, after watching a little TV) I felt like I ran a marathon.

This morning was a little better - I had chest this morning at the gym. I am going to do some low impact cardio tonight and run tomorrow. I have legs tomorrow at the gym, so that should be interesting.

I am feeling good... t-minus 16 days until my 5k. I know the race day excitement will push me through, but I would love to PR as well. I will need to run an 11.55 mile. Last night I was around a 12.25. I am not sure if this race it will be possible, but I will try.

Making Today Count!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/14/2013 12:57AM

    "I am sorry I worked out" -- No One Ever

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KKKAREN 11/12/2013 3:08PM

    Good for you, that was a great first run!

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