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Two Weeks at a Time

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I've been away for a while and now I'm back!

For the past few months I haven't been using spark people or following any healthy eating habits. I know I need to restart so I've decided to come up with a two week cycle. Every two weeks I will add something else into for the 1st time or back into my healthy lifestyle. So far I have a few planned out. I need some ideas for after week 10 finishes.

Week 1-2: No Fast Food (not even stopping for a coffee... no temptations!)
Week 3-4: Start tracking again on SP (though this might start sooner)
Week 5-6: 4-5 servings of fruits and veggies a day (this has always been hard for me)
Week 7-8: Drink at least 2 nalgenes of water a day.
Week 9-10: Start fitness classes again
Week 11-12: Any ideas?

Starting again will be hard. I know that each of these on their own should not be too hard to follow. I also know that once you continue doing something for about 3 weeks it becomes a habit so by adding things in 2 week cycles I'll always be working on 1 or 2 new healthy habits at a time. I figure what better way to get things started.

Week 1 start -

It has now been 2 days since I started no Fast Food. I have never been a big fast food person until recently. A few things hit all at once starting with the fridge in my apartment dying and ruining all of my food in May. Once I got a new fridge it seemed to still not work very well thawing frozen food I bought as it cycled through the cooling cycle. I was also starting to move from my apartment into a new apartment (June) with friends so I stopped buying a lot of groceries since I didn't want to have to move them all or get rid of them.

Stopping and deciding to pick up some quick dinner, cold drink, snack was too easy and from almost never getting fast food I started going almost every day. Mostly McDonalds but also chinese and pizza started to creep in.

As of right now I'm 2 days out and only some slight temptation for fries. Great way to start out again!

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Body distortion

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

So I've seen a lot of things about people who are thin but when they look in the mirror all they see is someone who is ugly and overweight and not what they really look like. It's sad but it does effect a lot of people. (I believe it's called body dysmorphic disorder.)

I'm lucky (or maybe not) because I also feel that I have body distortion when I look in the mirror. My profile picture is a really good example of how I feel I look. This is a real picture of me but it involved moving my camera, tipping my head, stretching my neck, getting the lighting just right and cropping away my arms. It may not be a true representation of me physically but it's how I feel I look in the mirror (on a good day). Though on the other hand when I'm having a bad day (not too often) I see myself how I "really" look with my double chin, big cheeks, wide nose and then I look down at the rest of my body and that's a whole other story.

The reason why I think it's important for me to realize this is I feel that as I've been getting heavier over the years my positive outlook and image distortion has shielded me from what I actually look like and have been doing to my body. What I'm trying to take away from this is that I can look at myself and see me for all I am physically but not be discouraged at how far I need to go. I know I need to loose weight so it's good if I can see me and not what I want to be or what the worst of me is... Just me!

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THREEFORAGIRL 6/14/2010 5:24PM

    I think a lot of people ignore this aspect of body distortion--it happens to us big girls too! It's the same when people don't consider Binge Eating/COE as a disorder either. I understand that Anorexia and Bulimia are huge problems, but if we continue to ignore other eating and body one is going to get help. It's great that you are recognizing this in yourself--definitely the first step to getting healthy!

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ERNOINACTION 6/9/2010 11:40AM

    This is a very interesting thing. I'm glad you wrote about it. I feel the same way about how I think I look. Someone once told me that big people can have body disortion too. Not that we imagine something that is not there but just how you described it, it's all about how you think you look being different than the actual. Big or small. It's something to think about. I constantly have to keep a positive mindset. It's a battle but we'll win it! best, E

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Almost a Month in!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

So I'm almost at the month in point! I am quite happy so far with what I've been eating though exercising has been as it normally is... non-existent. I've talked to a friend about walking together but when there is about a 150 lbs difference in weight I feel like I'll just be holding him back (he wants to start running for exercise).

Among other things I'm not at a point where I can join a gym, even though I think this time around I could make use of it well. In a month I'm going away for work for one month and then I'm unsure about my living situation this coming fall. With all that going on in my life and job searching it's just easier to ignore exercise all together.

I wish there was some magical motivation pill that would make me go "WOW I really feel like exercising today!" Until then I'm just going to try and stick to my nutrition plan and hope for the exercising to fall in line.

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TIFFYDAWNMC 5/27/2010 6:21AM

    I say that if your friend has agreed to walk with you, then go for a walk together! Don't worry about "holding him back". It can be about exercise and conversation, companionship, or even just holding each other accountable to getting some exercise. If he is also interested in running, then he'll find time to do that too.

Sounds to me like you'd enjoy walking together, don't try to negate that! Just go enjoy a nice walk together! Maybe that would help you get motivated to do more exercise in the future...

Give it a try! Go for it! You can do it! Have fun!

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KIMH239 5/26/2010 8:52PM

    The exercise will come. At first you really have to talk yourself into it. You know....fake it til you make it kind of thing. Imagine that you LOVE it. I know, it's not easy. But, you will get there. Every little bit of movement helps. A 10 minute walk is better than no walk.

Set really easy small exercise goals so they are reachable so you won't get discouraged.

Good luck on your journey! You can do it.

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Gym time

Monday, January 19, 2009

I knew that I would be doing this and it was only a matter of time. I've joined a gym before and one of my friends was going to be my workout buddy (her extended family used to own the business so she got to go for free). After a few weeks she started to not be able to come with me for no real reason. I kept trying to make plans to go with her but then I finally stopped calling to ask her to go. Then after a few more weeks I also stopped going.

I find it's easier for me to make plans to go and go with someone else even if we don't work out together. I just need someone to drive in with to make sure I'm going. I'm trying to get another work out buddy but now that I'm back at home most of my friends have moved away. I do have one friend here who might join with me so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Hopefully this time since I feel more determined in my weight loss I will be able to keep working out regardless of a work out buddy or not but I want someone to tell me to quit whining when I don't want to go in some morning because it's to cold out.

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KSQUARED161 5/6/2011 12:11PM

  :( Sorry I failed you, but you are doing such a great job now! And you are inspiring me to get up and get my own goals done. So you are the ultimate winner. :)

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Eating Out

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I decided today to make a small booklet to carry around with me with nutritional information for when I go to restaurants with friends. I know that I will go out to eat so I might as well be prepared. It is hard to find a lot of nutritional info online for restaurants. Some places make it very easy. Chili's and the Olive Garden for example have a lot if not all of their food listed online, the good and the bad (and the really bad). Applebees has little and Friday's is horrible, they don't list anything!

At least now I know when I go out what places I should push for and what things I should get. It's nice knowing that I don't have to fear dining out because it will throw me off for the entire day. At least I have a general idea for other restaurants that offer the same type of food when I'm out.

I even went to Starbucks today! I love them so much even though they are expensive. I use to get the Venti white chocolate mocha every time and with peppermint around the holidays (SOOOOO bad for you). Today I ordered a Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte, fat free, sugar-free syrup. I looked online before I went and saw that this was 130 calories. Not too bad. I'll indulge myself that much and it tastes pretty good.

That's what gave me the idea for my carry along booklet. Now I don't have to agonize over my choices and I have a quick reference with me!


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