Thursday, August 02, 2012
Someone just asked me what my tips for Sparking are -- and how to get back on track. Here's how I'm staying on track...
So I have my ups and downs and times where I want to quit and binge and say screw it all. The trick for me is to get on Spark. And read. Read articles, read the daily spark blog, do what ever it takes to get to a bonus spin. My goal is to get a bonus spin everyday.
I also read a lot of blogs. I keep adding new friends constantly so I have more, and more blogs to follow. I just check the friend feed every day and see what everyone is doing.
If I am on a binge, I'll track it. Every time I go grab something else out of the kitchen, I force myself to add it on the computer or my phone. Then I can reeeeeeeeally see what I'm doing. Sometimes I'll feel like crap for everything I've eaten and then see its only been 1800 calories. It's not that bad. Crisis averted. 2200 calories -- a bad day, but not a total loss. If I ever go over 2400 or 2600, I just tell myself that is now my cheat day to reset my metabolism. One day won't kill me. Its quitting that will kill me.
So keep tracking, keep Sparking, and don't forget why you started. If you ever get in a bad mood, remember why YOU started. What are YOU doing this for? Do you want your life to keep going as it is, or do you want it to get better? Don't do it because everyone tells you to -- do it because YOU want to do it for YOU.
I might blog this... haha... like my third blog of the day. I think blogging helps because it shows you that people are checking in on you -- and that all of Spark wants you to succeed. No one will judge you here. They are all positive. They all care. They all want to make the same healthy lifestyle change that you do, and that makes a world of difference. I post a lot of things on here I'm to chicken to post on Facebook, and its okay, because here we are all in the same boat.
So get to Sparking!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
I'm going to make this an awesome August. I can feel it. August is going to be a major breakthrough month! (Now let's just hope I can keep this positivity up)
For starters, the scale today was my friend. We broke up a little yesterday (he decided to go back up to 180.0), but this morning I was surprised to see 178.6! Woo hoo! I know I'll probably fluctuate back up a bit--but hopefully no more than 179.something. So maybe, just maybe, I have broken my stupid 180 plateau. A few weeks ago after a very bingy weekend, I was up to 185 -- so I'm glad I'm finally moving in the right direction.
My body though is telling me to take a break today. For the last two days I've done over an hour of cardio both days, plus strength training yesterday, and had a 1100+ calorie deficit for the last two days, so I was so tired this morning. Apparently I ate something that kept me awake all night. I'm exhausted today. I think I only got like 3 hours worth of sleep. But can I sleep now? Nope. Feel like a nap? Nope. Silly body -- don't you know I'm supposed to be able to push you to the limit? Luckily I was able to get to work and set up the robot to load my plates into the plate reader... Yep. My lab has a robot (be jealous!), it only costs $20k. (NO JOKE!)
I'm still working out as much as possible right now. I am 27 days away from surgery and 27 days away from not being able to work out for 3 weeks! I don't know what scares me more. The surgery is exciting. No regrets. Just a little stress about covering the cost of the surgery and hurting my budget. Not working out? At all. 3 weeks? Eeep. I've gotten to the point where I do SOMETHING 6 out of 7 days a week, and almost feel bad that other day. The "rest" day, is starting to feel like my lazy day. I know its not lazy, its recuperation, but I still feel annoyed at myself. So if one day makes me feel like that. What will 3 weeks do? On the plus side... I'll be losing 2 pounds in 2 hours ;-) I'm going to try and ignore the massive amount of pain I might be in.
So for August.
Work out. A lot. Mix it up. Keep it interesting.
Eat less. More specifically, eat within my calorie range.
No emotional binges. Heck, let's go for no binges the entire month!
One cheat day. Don't feel bad about it. Don't freak out about it.
Get a fellowship application submitted! Its due August 25th. I need to focus on my post-grad school future.
Take work seriously. Get some writing done on the thesis.
Ignore the drama with my coworker. She's setting herself up to fail; I don't need to push her over the cliff. I just need to stand back and watch. (She's the worst!)
Monday, July 30, 2012
I just hit up Schnucks for some food. I did preeeetty good if I say so myself. So much so, when I came home -- I took a pic of my haul.
(for some reason Spark decided to post these upside down, but you get the idea)
I got a huge bag of apples, broccoli, black apricots, sweet potatoes, eckert's peaches, apricots, plutos, organic black plums, green grapes, red grapes, two cartons of strawberries, lean pork, 99% fat free ground turkey, air popped popcorn (my addiction!), Louisa's meatsauce (you StL people know), and some reduced fat buttermilk to marinate my chicken in.
I get most of my veggies, eggs, and soy milk at Aldi's -- but the fruit at Schnucks is top notch.
So far today I've only had 1000 calories, had 3 full meals and a snack! I'm going to dip into those strawberries + truvia for dessert and then hop on the treadmill.
My weigh-in this morning was again the silly 180.4. I think my scale is stuck. I weighed in at 179.6 last Thursday -- so I thought my plateau might be over -- but nope. Back to the same, very specific weight of my last two weigh ins. *sigh* I'm going to be in the 170s next week!
And 29 days until surgery (but who's counting )
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