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Day 2 - Summer exercise regime

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I started running yesterday for the first time in 2 years. Survived, but I think I've developed plantar fasciitis from wearing the wrong kind of shoes at work the last few months. I bought new running shoes ($$) and I'll go pick up some insoles later today. I'm using the Runkeeper app because I need the intervals to be brainless. Tell me when to walk and when to run, but don't make me think and run at the same time. My weight is still too terrible to mention.

I'm logging my food and trying to stay within my BMR. I'm exercising 1x/day for about 1hr walk/jogging. Next week I might start calorie cycling and doubling up my workouts to one in the am, and one in the pm, and add strength training. I don't want to end up with a case of delayed-onset muscle soreness and be sidelined for a week. I have to get a really serious head-start because once September returns it will be hard to keep up my exercise plan. I'm working on a 'plan' to alter my lifestyle so that I can go to the gym and eat properly at work (scheduled exercise, no excuses, a fixed meal-plan and a mini-fridge for my classroom so I eat at work).

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FARIS71 7/10/2013 6:21PM

    That's a pretty serious plan. Best wishes- especially with the foot pain.

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Has it really been a year?

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Unbelieveably, I've gained more weight! I'm nearly 200-lbs, which at 5'0 is seriously serious. I bought the family an xBox for Christmas, and Biggest Loser, Your Shape Evovled, and Dance Central 2. So far I've exercised with it 3 times this week. My plan is to do BL every morning for 40-minutes, and Your Shape/Dance in the evenings for 'fun'. If I can keep it up for a month, my treat is the Nike Kinect workout or another Dance Party/Central game. I need to get my carp together and do this thing once and for all. I'm tired of being the girl who complains she's fat and never seems to shift the weight. When I lose motivation I'll watch youtube clips of Supersize vs Superskinny, ick. Scare myself back on track.

Goals for 2013:

Nutrition - Follow our family meal plan that includes 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, make good choices

Fitness - Be active everyday, even (or especially) when I don't feel like it. The only reasonable excuse is stomach flu or food poisoning. Strength train and do cardio.

Weight - lose and then maintain an 80-lb weight loss.

Family/Work Balance - no working on Saturdays! After chores, take kids to the recreation center and spend the day with them. I'm only allowed to go to work on Sundays after 12pm. I'm only allowed to stay at work until 5pm, and max 1-hr of working at home after hours. If I want extra time for work I have to workout for an equivalent number of minutes.

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CHRISTINA-11 1/5/2013 12:48PM

    You have motivation and a plan! Good luck!

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    Sounds like you're doing great and your reward idea is such a great idea! Keep up the good work!

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SHERYLP461 1/5/2013 12:47PM

    Great plan, never give up, you will do it!

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The 'Great' Frozen North

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I've been here in the north for 4 months now. My jogging program ended the day we moved. I had to go straight to work a few days after the kids and I moved and there has been no time to breathe let alone exercise. My day starts at 5:30 am making lunches and getting the kids up etc. We are at my school by 7:30 am and school starts at 8:45. I teach until 3:00 but work until 6 or 7 pm in my classroom. If my kids have dance or other activities after school then we leave 'early'. By the time we get home it's usually 8pm and I make a terrible, instant dinner and we fall into bed by 9pm. Weekends we spend at my school working.

I will personally spit on anyone who says teachers have it easy because they only work 6-hrs a day, and get summers and holidays off. I work 70-80-hrs per week and usually all weekend. During report card week we (my kids and I, can`t afford a babysitter) were at school until 10/11 pm working. I'm feeling stressed and guilty because I've taken a week off during this holiday and done no work. I'm going to school today to get organised for January 3rd. My kids keep asking when we can do something fun together and I've told them maybe this summer =/

I have to find a way to fit exercise into this incredibly stressful life and start tracking what I'm eating. My hip/back is giving me so much pain that it's hard to bend over to put my shoes on and get out of bed. Even walking hurts sometimes. I'm hoping to make time to see a massage therapist in the new year. Yoga will be high on my list of exercise activities. We are not eating enough vegetables/fruit and we are eating too much packaged stuff and pasta (because it's fast). I've tried making freezer meals but they never seem to go over well.

Oh and did I mention the frozen north? Go outside for a walk? Please don't make me. It's been unseasonably warm which means only -5 to -10C, which is not too bad. In November we had a week of -20C and as cold as -33C which made me cry. I'm sure that January - March will get properly cold and snowy. My hands and feet turn white and go numb when I get too cold and reheating them is quite painful. The snow isn't too bad, but because it's been warm there is a thick layer of ice underneath it which is so dangerous. I`m looking for indoor options like my videos, but boredom and lazyiness is going to be a factor. I must get down to a reasonable weight for summer, i can`t take another fat summer hidden in jeans =(


A plateau already?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Only 3 weeks in and I'm at a plateau it seems. I'm exercising (walk/jogging) 70 minutes 6 days a week, 7km. Eating between 1400-1500 cals per day, I had one bad day where I ate about 1700. But my body has decided it's not going to cooperate.

So from what I've been reading it's time to change up my exercise, get more resistance training in and change my diet a little. I'm going to cut down to 1200 average and start zigzaging my calories, buy a digital food scale and get nitpicky about measuring. I allowed a little sugar, flour and dairy back into my diet, but I need to be more vigilant about avoiding them as much as possible.

Tomorrow is moving day and I'm a little stressed. I've packed my truck right to the ceiling with all it will hold, the rest will have to wait until my parents come up with a trailer in a few months. I can't afford a moving company. It's about an 18-hr drive because there is a ferry invovled and it's slow. I won't be able to run tomorrow, and starting Monday I have to find a new jogging route in my new town. I don't like change!!! Thank goodness I have my exercise DVDs to tide me over until I find a route I like. I'll also pick up my kids at their dad's on my way through the 'big' city, yay! I've been so lonely without them. =(


Eat more to lose more?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'm still at 174. Hoping I can lose another 5-10-lbs before the school year starts in 2 weeks. I hope my habits are starting to become routine. It suck with the move that my routines will have to change a lot. Not sure I'm ready for that yet.

So I've been listening to a lot of podcasts about BMR and how eating too little can mess up your weight loss. I think I may have been under eating (1200 cals/day) and i'm trying to increase to 1500-1600/day which is more in line with the BMR of my upper goal weight. I'm still walk/jogging 7.5km per day (which takes about 74 minutes) but I have no strength training program yet. I know i need to get off my duff and plan one, but ugh...I'm not used to strength training at home. I miss the gym machines. When I workout with resistance bands and dumbells it hardly feels like I'm working anything. I also think I need to buy a pair of 8-lb dumbells. I have the Body for Life book here somewhere and I'm going to use it to plan a decent 3x per week weight routine. I've packed all my exercise DVDs (NYC ballet workout, yoga, power yoga, Geri yoga, Tae Bo, 30 Day Shred) so I can use those when I get to the new place. Also going to start taking my thyroid meds at night before bed and see if that makes a difference.

It's going to be challenging to find a jogging route in our new town that I like. I'm so spoiled here I can run in the woods on trails and there are hills everywhere. In my new town, there are no hills, not one. It's so flat there that if your dog ran away, you'd still see him running a few days later.

5 more days until the move. wow.

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STARCHELSEA 8/11/2011 12:03AM

    It's strange how our bodys work sometimes, isn't it? Some people have to eat more to lose weight and some people have to have necessary cheat days to get past a plateau. So strange! Good on you for having the guts to change up your diet and workout plan, for some that is a really hard thing to do (mainly me....) Good luck with the move! emoticon

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