well, it has been over a year since I was last on sparkpeople (my last log in was 1/24/12). I am happy to report I weigh less than I did when I left but before you get too excited for me it was only 2 lbs less. yeah thats right I only lost 2 lbs in a little over a year. I have alot of reasons for that and alot of it has to do with med changes. If I went by my highest weight this year than I have actually lost about 25lbs with today's weight. I have had alot of struggles within the past year and I am hoping they are finally over. first of all, last January I was struggling with a plateau with my weight it seemed no matter what i did i wasn't losing weight. then i started having issues with my seizures so the doctors started messing with my medications and of course they looked at what worked not whether it would cause weight gain so I gained 23lbs it seemed overnight (actually it was in 5 weeks but who's counting). This frustrated me alot and it seemed my life was messed up for awhile just trying to fight with the doctors to try something else. The doctors were hesitant because what i was taking worked for me and they didn't want to try something else that may not work. Then finally in November I had enough with doctor's telling me what to do so I tried a different doctor who was more willing to listen to me and my concerns about the medications. I am happy to report she put me on a new medication and not only does it work great I haven't gained any weight from it. I haven't really lost weight either but I haven't really been trying. I am recommitted to this weight loss journey and I will make it back down to my goal weight. I have 117.6lbs before I will get there but I CAN DO THIS! So I know the only way to reach my big goals is to make smaller more attainable goals so my weight loss goals are as follows:
1. Lose 1.5lbs or more per week, this is 6 to 7.5lbs per month
2. Drink at least 64oz of water per day but aim for 80oz or more per day
3. Make healthy food choices (baked not fried, lowfat instead of whole milk, veggies instead of chips, etc)
4. pack my lunch with healthy meals or snacks when I will be running to appointments or class all day rather than eating out.
5. Work out for 30 minutes per session 3 times per week. So I am aiming for 90 or more minutes a week of cardio exercise. I will accomplish this on my treadmill until the weather gets better. (it is Icy and cold here in MN this time of year)
I also have started a job where I work doing everything a nurse would do however since I do not have the degree I have chosen to go back to school for my nursing degree. I really love my job and the clients I serve. My boss is great! I have already started my classes for this semester and boy can it be a challenge. in 1 class I write alot of papers. I don't like to write papers but i keep reminding myself that this class is required for the nursing program so I gotta work hard and do my best to get a good grade in this class. The other classes require alot of memorization so since my stroke I struggle with this. I am making it work though. with the encouragement of my husband (rbauernfeind) and my best friend (artist8784) and all of my spark friends I know I can accomplish this. So here we go Day 1. So far so good already did the workout now off to find something healthy to eat. until next time Spark Buddies keep a smile on your face and encouragement in your heart.
Well looking back over the last week and reflecting I feel I did pretty well sticking to my diet plan. I ate around 1400 calories every day. I did not eat at my target goal of 1590 but I am getting closer to the higher goal. I worked out 135 minutes this week which is lower than last week but it is more of a reasonable goal I can stick to a regular basis. I did really well drinking my water last week only missed drinking my water goal 1 day. I am frustrated because I weighed in yesterday and was expecting to see a loss only to see I had stayed the same weight. this is getting really frustrating I want to see the scale going down! It is really hard to stay motivated when I am working my butt off and not seeing any results. on another note, this week I had my Spark anniversary and it has been 6 years since I have joined Spark. alot of stuff has happened since I first joined. I have gained alot of sparkfriends and i have seen alot of sparkfriends no longer on the site which really saddens me. I went through my sparkfriends and deleted the non active friends off my sparkpage but was wondering does anyone know how to remove the ones that no longer are working pages? anyways my goals for next week are:
work out 3 days this next week for 30 minutes each session
drink 8 glasses of water every day
Eat @ least 1500 calories per day
today I am really frustrated. I am really trying hard not to lose focus on my goals today. I weighed in yesterday and somehow I gained 2 pounds last week. I don't understand it I didn't overeat all week and I exercised everyday but Thursday. I talked to my trainer and she said that I might have gained weight either because I didn't eat enough calories or I am gaining muscle weight. she encouraged me to continue eating within my calorie ranges and keep working out and she told me that I should show a loss soon. I am getting bored with curves lately and think I need to step up my routine a little in order to lose weight. also my big issue with curves is that the hours are not that convenient for me all the time. anyways, my insurance pays for several clubs here in town and so I decided to join another club in addition to curves which is paid for by my insurance as well. so now I am a proud member of fit for life as well a curves. the good thing about fit for life is that it is a 24 hour access club so I can work out all hours which I think will be a better option for me to get my workouts in. I am not really sure what I am going to have to do in order to pull off a weight loss this month. I am going to focus on making healthy food choices and getting my workouts in every week. so my goals for this next week are:
1. Drink 10 glasses of water everyday
2. eat 3 healthy meals ( 1 carb, 1 meat, 1 veggie or fruit, 1, milk, 1 fat) and 2 snacks every day
3. Workout @ Curves @ least 3 days this week
4. Workout @ fit for life @ least 2 days this week
5. enter my food in the food tracker 6/7 days this week
today I got an unscheduled 30 minute workout in @ curves this morning which put me in a really good mood. I came home had a good lunch with my hubby thought I was doing good then, I logged it all. Not sure where all the sodium came from I just ate soup and a sandwich didn't think it was that bad for me but man was I wrong! calories and everything else were OK and within goals but I have already exceeded my sodium goals by more than 215 mg today and I still have a snack and dinner to go. Oh well, guess I will have to try to figure out that battle another day at least I am keeping the calories and the rest under control right? Yesterday was a very long and stressed out day! we were running in the cities all day to appointments and we ate out for lunch. I thought I made a healthy choice when we went to taco bell (my step dtr's fav restaurant) by getting the taco salad but boy was I wrong! I came home and logged it thinking man I did good only to find out it had 42 grams of fat! wow was that a shocker and darn that will never be touching my lips again! I would have been better off eating a burrito or a taco or something I think. I really do struggle when I try to eat out I really wish my hubby and step dtr would figure out where they want to eat before we leave so I can plan it out instead of trying to figure it out last second. I always do badly trying to pick healthy options because what I think is healthy I find out later is not always the healthiest option available. I am going to talk to my husband and see if next week we can plan where we are gonna go so I can plan ahead at least have him narrow down the options of places so I can have a few ready choices at each place planned out so I know what to eat that is healthy where ever we go. I wish we could just pack something but on the days when we are in the cities we are usually there for several hours and things would spoil or go bad. plus I think my husband like to eat out when we go up to the cities. sorry this seems kinda like a little bit of a venting session I'm just a little frustrated right now. I have figured out how to work in the water while we are out and about in the cities just gotta get the healthy food options worked out.
my goals for tomorrow:
1. Drink 8 glasses of water
2. get a workout in @ curves
3. make healthy food choices
4. plan out @ least 3 days worth of meals for this week
5. make out grocery list for meals and buy groceries needed
Well my goals for the last week were:
1. drink 8 glasses of water every day but aim for more if possible
2. make healthy food choices and log my food in the nutrition tracker
3. workout @ curves 3 days for @ least 30 to 45 minutes each session
now how did I meet these goals?
well, the water goal I drank 10 glasses of water everyday except yesterday so I am feeling pretty good. 6 days is pretty good I think and I am happy that I was able to exceed my goal of 8 glasses by 2 extra glasses per day.
I made healthy food choices 6 days out of the 7. yesterday was a crazy day! I tracked my food everyday but yesterday. I went to the dietician and she set higher calorie goals for me than I originally had for myself and I am not sure if I like that. going by the new higher calorie goals she set I only got within the calorie range 1 day. The other 5 days I tracked I was below my calorie range. I am going to have to work on that over the next few weeks.
My goal to workout at curves I did not meet. I only worked out for 2 days last week for 45 minutes each session. I was challenged by the trainer at curves to step up my workouts 2 extra workouts this month from my normal 12 workouts. I think my biggest challenge to getting to the gym this last week is I stayed really busy and did not schedule in my "me" time to get workouts in. Next week this is going to change!
My goals for Next week January 8-14,2012 are:
1. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water everyday but aim for more whenever possible. I want to achieve this goal by doing this ALL 7 days this week!
2. Make healthy food choices whenever possible and track all my food eaten in the nutrition tracker. I would like to eat within my calorie range at least 4 days next week.
3. Workout @ Curves 4 days this next week for @ least 30 to 45 minutes each session. I am planning on working out Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
I am happy I lost 1lb last week. my goal for next week is to lose 1.5lb or 2lbs.