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Just Say No to the Sugar Monster

Friday, October 24, 2014

I don't know if you all know, but there's a Sugar Monster inside of me. It lay in waiting until I'm trying to eat healthy and then it springs up out of nowhere, or maybe it was just being satisfied and I didn't even know it.

Yesterday the Sugar Monster struck hard. He knew I was weak, frustrated with the scale not budging, and was begging for a snack. Around every turn he sniffed out a new treat that I could have. Office birthday cake, vending machine snacks, and even candy at the grocery store. I must have looked like a lunatic, but I told that Sugar Monster "No!" out loud. I do not NEED sweets. I want to lose weight and that is far more important than a fling with sugar. My willpower won yesterday. Although it's not in my "plan", I rewarded myself with an apple because that's FAR better than chocolate.

Even today, the Sugar Monster was growling. I have candies at my desk for coworkers and resisted it. So far I've been successful and I'm confident that I will continue being successful. Instead I'm going to focus on the fun weekend I have ahead of me.

Off to be someone else for a weekend! I hope everyone has a great weekend and can resist their own Sugar Monster too!

(Me dressed up as my character, Elise)

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READY4CHANGE81 11/1/2014 8:34PM

    Oh I can soo relate!! AWESOME JOB on not giving into temptation on so many occasions!! I have a hard time with sugar... as soon as I have any I CRAVE it and CRAVE IT... until I finally cut it out of my system!! ...sometimes feels like a drug.

hang in there girl! you can do this! :)

also, nice costume ;)

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WOUBBIE 10/25/2014 1:30PM

    I don't believe that Elise has a sugar monster. Maybe you can "be" her when yours attacks?

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DRPEPPIE121 10/24/2014 4:11PM

    haha Nice post! However, I think ain't nothing wrong with a "Mini Monster". If we "demonize" sugary foods, then we want it more. Right??? It's very normal.

That's why I allow sugary foods and PLAN for it for the times I must have it! Part of it is learning how to control how much you have of it and just knowing when to stop.

You'll get there... :-) Cool costume, btw!

Have a good weekend!

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An early stall in progress

Thursday, October 23, 2014

After a fast jump off the line by losing 5 lbs in the first week, I'm now in a stall.

Is it possible to gain weight just from a dream?? I had a dream last night that I was eating an amazing sundae and woke up feeling bloated! It's pretty funny, because I obviously know that's not true, but it was so strange. That likely means that it's that TOM soon (oh joy, right ladies?)

I've been focusing on cutting my calories and drinking more water. I've successfully avoided sweets (office birthday cake) and late night snacks. I'm a little frustrated that I'm not losing this week, but I'm going to try to focus on the fact that I've lost 5 lbs since I've been back and that's a great start!!

This weekend I'm LARPing so that is always a gamble when it comes to diet. I'm certain that I can avoid sweets and snacking, but dinnertime will be the real test. Will hunger allow me to make bad choices at dinner? I'm really hoping not, but we'll see.

How has everyone else been doing? What are your challenges and how are you overcoming them? For the ladies: how do you handle that TOM stress/bloat??

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FITTEREVERYDAY 10/24/2014 10:03AM

    I never worry about calories LARPing....I don't know what yours is like but ours involves most of a weekend running through the woods. I'm also a fighter so it depends a lot on what you do. I did an estimate and I probably burn around 1000 or more extra calories on LARP weekends so I do what I honestly usually do and eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm satisfied. I never find myself wanting to overeat because feeling tired is not what I want at a LARP.

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RITEEBEE 10/24/2014 7:41AM

    I don't know what LARPing is, but can you plan to snack before dinner so you don't get overly hungry? I find whenever I'm absolutely starving I make bad choices, so I try to avoid letting myself get that hungry.

I don't really have any suggestions for TOM, it sucks being a girl, lol. Just get through it best as you can I guess. Light exercise is supposed to help relieve the symptoms.

BTW losing 5lbs in one week is incredible!! Just imagine that you actually lose 2.5 lbs each week since your stalled this week, your body is just trying to catch up.

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DRPEPPIE121 10/23/2014 3:28PM

    I don't think there's a such thing as "stalling" technically. You're still doing things, right? So, you're still going somewhere... it might not be as fast as you want, per say...but in a longer period of time, I think you'll notice a difference. I think that's the issue with weekly weigh-ins. You got to be realistic about the timeframe. And if you're trying to be realistic about changing your habits, it's going to be VERY SLOW... but more worth it than changing your habits too much just to lose weight. Not fun.

Your question, "how do you handle that TOM stress/bloat??":
It's really depends because that notorious "3rd week" is always a beast. It can be very easy or ridiculous and my body is not predictable. I would say I pretty much consistently bloat... I don't always notice, but I think I do a bit (not always). Stress? I'm stressed most of the time, unfortunately. How do I deal with it? Lots of prayer and seeking my satisfaction from God because humans are incapable of filling that "hole" in our own lives and were made that only God can fill it. Humans, in essence, are the square peg trying to fit in the round hole....and there are no other round holes in our human existence at all.... but God is the circle that can fit in there. Ultimately, He is the only one that helps me in stress. I can DO bubble baths, music, exercise, et cetera...and it normally does help me de-stress. But those alone cannot help. When I realize that God provided those for me to use them to de-stress...it really helps me to realize that I cannot control things and should release it to Him, which basically brings me peace even if it can be scary to let go of control myself. I do successfully allow myself to do this perfectly? Absolutely not! As long as I'm human, I'll be incapable to even reach this standard of perfection and finding my help in God... but if I keep trying... that's something!

So that's my ultimate way to de-stress. During that week, however, I like chocolate a lot... .not A LOT...but I will have it. I like bubblebaths sometimes... depends on time... just chilling. Nothing too exciting, honestly.

Hope this helps!!!!

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WOUBBIE 10/23/2014 12:43PM

    Technically you're not stalled unless it's been more than 3 weeks without a drop. If you weigh yourself daily, add up the previous 7 days' weights and take the average to get your "true" weight. That will even out some of the roller coaster.

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ALICEART2010 10/23/2014 12:15PM

    5 LB in one week is a lot! It will keep coming off just give it time.

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SILVERSPARROW04 10/23/2014 11:11AM

    Good luck you can do it! For TOM bloating I read that to counteract bloating you should drink more water. Your body is retaining water when you bloat same way your body goes into starvation mode when you don't eat enough food so that makes sense to me. I also went googling to look up other tips and found this site:


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Back in the rhythm

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This week has been going pretty well for my first week back on track. I'm already down 3.4 lbs since I've been back and that's just since Monday! Of course 2 lbs of that alone was probably sodium bloat, but I'll take it.

I didn't take a picture of my lunch today, because I was hungry and tired, but it was healthy-ish. I had two chicken spread sandwiches on sandwich thin rounds. Regardless, I've factored out my meals for the day and they fit into the plan so I'm golden. Tonight I'll be treating my best friend to a hair cut and color for her birthday so we'll grab dinner out then too. I've even already figured THAT out. I'm feeling proud!

Yesterday I went to Kung Fu. I haven't been back out for a C25K run, but my ankle is still healing and now I'm having knee pain. I think once I get back down 10 lbs, they will both feel a bit better. Kung Fu was ROUGH. At the end of class my instructor had us run laps around the dojang. The person who was in last had to run an extra lap. I just KNEW that it was going to be me. I'm the only overweight person, the shortest person, and just generally slow when it comes to running in the first place. Thankfully he took mercy and chose another guy to do the extra lap even though technically I came in last at the very last moment. I gave it my all though. It was still embarrassing though. I was the only one huffing and puffing. Ugh.

I hope everyone else is having a great day. Bring it!!

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READY4CHANGE81 10/20/2014 9:18PM

    Happy you're back too!!! Congrats on the 3.4 lb loss!!! emoticon

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CC3833 10/16/2014 11:16AM

    Glad you are back! You can do this! And I can tell you that after losing 10 lbs your joints will be thanking you! I don't have the knee/hip pain I was having a few weeks ago. Keep pushing!

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DRPEPPIE121 10/15/2014 2:01PM

    First off: SO proud of you for getting your routine back! Just a reminder: for days that just feel off... don't be so hard on yourself. That's part of our journey. Hey, I've gotta learn it too. We gotta do the best for what we can do at each second, minute, hour of our days. You are totally doing it!!!

I'm sure things will get better with the Kung Fu thing. Kung Fu ISN'T easy, and it's cool that you are doing it! Just keep at it, and you will see things get better with time. Yah, there will be bumps on the road... but that's life. You can do this!!! We're with yoU!

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RITEEBEE 10/15/2014 1:33PM

    You're doing awesome!

I understand being embarrassed I've been there far too often but I think most people are just in awe that you are getting out there and trying and improving! If you saw someone else huffing and puffing wouldn't you just be inspired to keep working?

Either way you're doing awesome!!

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MOMMY445 10/15/2014 12:48PM

    glad to hear that you are back in the rhythm! woo hoo!

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Back to the beginning

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I had been struggling over the past couple of months. Between injuries, a mental haze and stress I had let myself gain the weight back. All of that weight back. It's been hard to admit, but I really let myself go. All of that wonderful progress I had made is gone, but I'm not giving up. I've learned and I hope to grow from the experiences.

Whatever I do needs to be cemented into my life. I want to make changes that I can stick with and live by; I don't want to diet - I want to live.

Yesterday I started off strong. I ate well and drank LOTS of water. This morning I'm down 2 lbs of pure sodium bloat. I woke up and I could FEEL that weight gone. My stomach is a little flatter (a little - let's not go overboard here), but the important part is that I feel better.

That was my lunch yesterday, a salad from the cafeteria at my work. I'm hoping that pictures will help to keep me accountable and focused.

Here's to a new day and a new beginning.

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WOUBBIE 10/14/2014 1:56PM

    You're definitely pointed in the right direction!

It always makes me sad when people feel like they're back on Day 1, or they're Starting Over. Every attempt to do something is - as you very astutely point out - a bit of education. It's only failure if you give up. It took me 4 or 5 tries to quit smoking, but I learned something new every time.

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RITEEBEE 10/14/2014 12:06PM

    Looks delicious! I find pictures and blogging help me stay accountable!

You can do it!! emoticon

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DRPEPPIE121 10/14/2014 11:19AM

    Good job girl!!! The little changes and slow changes have big effects! You can do it!!

Baby step by baby step... We're here for you!

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NIKEGRL688 10/14/2014 10:51AM

    That salad looks amazing and I feel the same as you. I posted a very similar blog... I hope we can take it one day at a time and really find that motivation to stick with it as we go.
You are incredibly strong willed and I know you can overcome this and get back to where you were and be where you want to me.

We can do it together.

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JAMIRBLAZE 10/14/2014 10:24AM

    Looks like a great salad! Put the past behind you, but learn from it! Make the next choice a healthy one!

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C25K - W4D2

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Still alive, but still struggling. I just can't get my eating habits under control. I need to stop giving into the moment and push past it. I know it's worth it, but I just need to remember that when the temptations come rolling around.

I just have to keep trying.

After a small hiatus from exercise, I went back to Kung Fu on Tuesday and went out for C25K W4D2 yesterday. There's good and bad news though.

Good news! I made a new personal record for both pace and distance.
Bad news. I rolled my ankle really good. It's painful today, but I don't think it's broken. Hopefully I'll mend up really soon. I'm implementing the RICE method and I'm hoping that will speed up the healing process.

Here's my log.

* Best pace
** Best distance
*** Best pace and distance

C25K Week 4
Day 1 (8/25): 2.20 miles/30 min
Run Distance: 1.32 miles

***Day 2 (9/10): 2.33 miles/30 min
Run Distance: 1.41 miles

C25K Week 3
Day 1 (8/10): 1.94 miles/28 min
Run Distance: 0.84 miles

Day 2 (8/16): 1.88 miles/28 min
Run Distance: No record - on treadmill

Day 1 (8/18): 1.96 miles/28 min
Run Distance: 0.92 miles

C25K Week 2
Day 1 (7/30): 1.88 miles/ 30 min
Run Distance: GPS stopped working and didn't record it.

Day 2 (8/03): 2.19 miles/ 30 min
Run Distance: 0.85 miles

Day 3 (8/06): 2.24 miles/ 30 min
Run Distance: 0.88 miles

C25K Week 1
Day 1 (7/14): 1.97 miles/ 30 min
Run Distance: 0.10 miles

Day 2 (7/16): 1.42 miles/30 min
Run Distance: 0.02 miles (I think my GPS cut out on me)

Day 3 (7/27): 1.93 miles/ 30 min
Run Distance: 0.17 miles

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JUMPINJULIE 10/4/2014 5:11PM

    Congrats on your personal record. I hope your ankle heals fast.

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DOJORAT 9/14/2014 7:28PM

    Congratulations on your PR!! Great job on the C25K!


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WOUBBIE 9/12/2014 10:06AM

    Good job on the PR! Hope you mend soon!

A quick question - are you following any particular eating plan? Sometimes it helps to have some defined structure to follow, so when you face a choice you can easily say "Oh, sorry, can't eat that, it's not on my plan." There are any number of great low carb plans out there (Primal and Paleo are particularly good for runners, I hear).

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DRPEPPIE121 9/11/2014 10:42AM

    Great job on the progress and so sorry to hear about the ankle!! I know the feeling! I'm very accident-prone! Things will improve in time...eventually you'll get to where we want to me. It's often not a "straight line" to the goal... gotta take lots of twists and turns to get there :-)

Just keep finding small goals to achieve! you've got this!

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RITEEBEE 9/11/2014 9:54AM

    Congrats on the PR!!
Hope your ankle heals quickly!!

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CBMOOREFIELD 9/11/2014 9:33AM

    Congratulations on setting new records for pace and distance!! Keep at it and I know you'll do even better in the weeks to come.

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