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Over a year has passed...

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Last year I was posting some blogs about my APFT and passing weight...well I passed...last year! I finally got promoted to SGT, which was nice. This year, I passed my APFT again, but failed weight. I have found myself in this spot where I am strong, but overweight. I guess strong with fitness, but weak with my eating habits.

Last school year, I made a promise to myself that I was going to stay active during the school year. I successfully ran 3 times a week for 20 weeks straight! I was so proud of myself because marching band season is one crazy time of the year for me, but I didn't let it consume me and made time for my afternoon runs throughout the week. My stress level was lower and I was a better teacher and wife because of running! Second semester, I slacked, but this summer I have gotten back on track with the running.

My battle is now with my diet. I have made too many poor choices with my food and drink, and allowed myself to consume too much of it. While I was running during the first semester, I could enjoy a little more without really gaining any weight. The big issue was when I stopped running second semester and kept the same eating habits. Aside from just this past school year, I realized that over the last 4 years of teaching, I have gained over 20 pounds. That is not okay and I must make it better. So, here I am trying to keep myself in check. I can do it, and I will do it.

My main goal is to use my nutrition tracker. I love tracking fitness because I never feel guilty afterwards, but I need to make myself face the truth of what I eat each day. I have been doing better in the last couple of weeks, but still have not seen the scale move.

Fitness goals are to keep my running routine (at least 3 runs per week) and do either yard work or a trail walk on the days I don't run, along with strength training. So far, I am on week 4 of my running challenge, 1 run down and 2 more to go for this week.

I need my confident self back. I want to feel good, tough, sexy, strong. I want to be a better role model for my students, I want to be a healthier wife for my husband, and someday I want to be a mom. The healthier I can be before pregnancy the better, and the habits I can form now will only help me through it all later. I can do this! I must do this!

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SQUISSHY1 9/16/2014 9:39PM

    It's going well. I don't use the nutrition tracker, but I have been eating better. School starting and being in a routine helps me so much. I have been running for 14 weeks straight now and my clothes are fitting better. I am just now starting to see the scale numbers drop.
Overall, I am pretty happy and constantly trying to do better. Thanks for asking! :-)

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KIYOSHI04 9/15/2014 5:28AM

    It's been almost three months. How's it going?

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Lesson Learned, Now to move on

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Well, my record of impeccable diet was interrupted yesterday. We went to the range and a normal thing to do there is hang out, drink beer, and have fun. I hit my breaking point when everyone kept offering me beer. I drank several and had a great time. I am a little bummed that I didn't stand strong, but at the same time, it shows me that all work and no play will make me reach that breaking point, so I must allow myself a day here and there to enjoy things like beer, pizza, and french fries. Too much is a bad thing, but I can't be so rigid all the time. Had we not been in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do, I would have been fine, but all guilt aside for my diet plans, I don't really regret it. It was fun to catch up and reminisce about the old days.

Now that it's over with, it's time to move on. APFT is tomorrow morning. I KNOW I am going to pass that sucker, and I am 90% sure I will pass the body fat percentage. Even though I drank a few beers and it did curve my confidence just a smidge, my measurements are going to be good.

2 more nights away from home! I am so excited to see my husband!!!!!!!!!!!

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KIYOSHI04 7/10/2013 1:11PM

    it happened.
it will happen again.

congrats on the 10 years!!

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LIVERGIVER 6/22/2013 9:54PM

    The key to everything is moderation - every now and then you need a break. Good luck on your apft tomorrow.

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JAZZMINE 6/22/2013 8:53PM

    You need to take a break sometimes in order to stick with it for the long haul!


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MARINCESS 6/22/2013 6:04PM

    I agree with not being to rigid! I once found myself locked in a bathroom arguing with a banana nut muffin once, no lie! Like you said to much is to bad, so I only ate half and tossed the other. It really is an 80/20 split. emoticon

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Tracking when you don't eat the best

Friday, June 21, 2013

So as I have had a great week and a half of eating and exercise and have managed to lose 5 lbs since I have been at AT, I have started thinking about tracking my food a little more. Some evenings I will eat a piece of dark chocolate or have a few Twizzlers. I think to myself, "Well, I am way withing calorie range, so I don't really need to track this," but that's not true. It's most important to track those little snacks and those things that aren't necessarily on the 'plan' for the day. That way you can visually see what you are putting into your body completely.

If I had a day where I allowed myself to eat what I please and tracked it, I would be able to see why I cannot eat like that all the time and expect to lose weight. The damage done would be right in front of my face. If I didn't track it, I would probably say "Oh Well..." and either feel guilty about it or allow myself to do it again. If I tracked it, I could face it and sometimes see that I didn't eat as "bad" as I thought, or if it was a ridiculous diet for the day, I could say "Hey there, self, you know better than that! Let's not do this again." It would also show me what I needed to do to work some of it off. Not tracking would let me put it aside and could even lead me to putting exercise aside.

As I finish my last few days of AT and this perfect situation to get on track with diet and exercise, I must face my return home. My happy, happy return home. I cannot wait to see my dogs and cat and husband, but I also must remind myself that it has felt awesome to lose a little weight and get in better shape and that I cannot stop here. I must make a plan for when I am at home. I do not plan to keep this rate of weight loss up once I am home. I will aim for a pound a week, but I have to track no matter what, or else I will lose sight of it all.

No exercise planned for today or tomorrow. We are headed to the range later today to prepare for weapons qualification tomorrow, and then our APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) is Sunday morning. I am confident that I will pass, I hope that the weigh in goes smoothly, though. I think it will. The chart says I should weigh 144 and I weigh 154, so I will have to be measured for body fat percentage, but I am fairly confident that my measurements are good to pass.

Alright, time to run a few errands and pack for the range.

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PATSYB7 6/22/2013 5:57AM

    Tracking the good, the bad, and the ugly is a great plan! Sometimes I think I've gone way over with something but when I track it, it's not so bad after all. Congratulations on your leaner, fitter self. Hope the APFT goes well for you!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

So, eating has still been spot on. I've been keeping up with workouts and feeling pretty good about next week's physical fitness test and weigh-in.

I don't have much to report, but I am ready to go home. This AT has worn thin on me and I am doing all that I can to keep from getting grouchy and whiny. I am proud of myself for sticking to a strict diet and exercise program, but I am ready to have something else to do. Sitting in that armory all day with no sunlight is sucking the soul out of me!

I keep thinking of how good it is going to feel starting a new school year as a healthier role model. That does help keep me going. I know I will get a few compliments from the other faculty, which is always nice, not going to lie, but a big part of my motivation is to show the kids that even their band director knows she needs to take better care of herself. I hope some will want to do the same.

My body hurts pretty bad. I had to get a tetnis shot yesterday and then I did several push-ups afterwards. Not immediately afterwards, even thought that is what they did to us in basic training, but later that evening. It feels like someone slugged me good right in the arm. And for some reason people just had a sense to either poke or pat me right on that spot today. Ouch! I am also really sore everywhere else. I am going to do some light cardio tomorrow and then take Friday and Saturday off. We have our test on Sunday morning, the day after we have range fire. I hate it when we have to go to the range and do a weapons qualification and then turn around and do a physical fitness test the next day....but there is no sense in whining about it. I know I will pass, so I am just ready to get it all over with.

I think I will enjoy a celebratory beer when I pass the test and weight. I haven't had a single brew since I have been here. This is a record for me since our favorite hang out spot during AT is usually the local brewing company. I have definitely shown myself what willpower I actually DO have.

Anyway, I think I am going to do a little more stretching and maybe go to bed early. One more day of PRT at 6 am tomorrow...almost there!

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DWSCHUYLER 6/19/2013 10:33PM

    Hang in there! emoticon

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So, So, Sodium!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Well, I have had a lovely time enjoying my hotel room and my couple days off from army stuff. Used the fitness room, ate some fresh fruit and cereal from the free breakfast bar, had some coffee, enjoyed not having to get dressed immediately after a shower (it's the little things), went shopping and found two pairs of shorts that fit and are not booty shorts! I have such a hard time finding shorts. I am short and round, so anything that fits my waist is too baggy everywhere else. I like bermudas and all, but since I am short, they tend to make me look a little stumpy. Juniors shorts fit me, but most of them are all super short. Since I am in a different town, I was comfortable with thoroughly searching the juniors section because there was no fear of running into a student (it's just odd running into a student and shopping in the section where they buy their clothes). Anyway, I found a pair in the juniors section and a pair in the misses section, so score 2 for me!

Enjoyed some time to myself, and took myself to Applebees for lunch-dinner, "linner." I like going to places that we don't have at home, but since I am trying to stick to my guns with my eating habits, I knew I could count on Applebees with their under 550 menu. I really enjoyed eating a hot meal. I have been living on sandwiches, lean pockets, and granola bars for the last week. I knew going into it that those "healthy' meals have a ton of sodium, but once I looked it up, wow! A full days worth right there on my plate. I still enjoyed it, but realized that I could stand to work on cutting back on the sodium intake some. I have a hard time with fluid retention anyway, so it's a smart step.

Well, not sure if I have lost any more weight or where I stand there, but I can tell you that I feel pretty darn good. Ready to be home and back to normal life, but glad I've gotten a good jump start on being healthier and fit. 7 more days of army then I can go home. I am very fortunate to have a job that I love in my civilian life and military life, and thankful that I have not had to be separated from my husband for a long deployment, but I still really miss him and my puppies and fluffy cat. Ready to enjoy the rest of the summer with him and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Now to enjoy my last few hours of "me time..."

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KIYOSHI04 6/19/2013 9:35AM

    glad you are doing so well and sticking to your guns!

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PATSYB7 6/18/2013 5:14AM

    Great job! Keep up the momentum and enjoy the "me" time of summer!
I watch my sodium intake, too, and am appalled at the amounts in the restaurant meals.
Have a great day!

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UMBILICAL 6/17/2013 7:02PM

  Good time.

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