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A Few Minor adjustments

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I signed up for my summer term classes. Next term was supposed to be my last term, but I decided that taking 16 credits in one term might cause me to crack under all the pressure, so I've decided that I will take a class Fall term at the Community College then start at Western Oregon University in the Winter of 2012. I also signed up for a sculpting kick boxing class so that'll be something new for me too.

On another note, My mom found an awesome pattern for a 'steampunk' style dress for the Anime convention I'm going to in September (Kumoricon). I know it's about four months away, and it seems like a long time, but you gotta start somewhere. I'm also keeping in mind that I might still lose weight before then, so it's possible that adjustments will have to be made.

This is what the costume is going to look like basically. I'm of course going to add my own flare.

As far as my progress is concerned, I'm doing alright. I have been eating a lot healthier in the last week than I had in the past month. I stopped eating fast food, and eating out all together. I don't want to pay extra for questionable food. I've toned down the exercise this week which is probably for the best because my shin ended up hurting on Sunday night. I'm just going to continue taking is easy this week by walking in my jogging class instead of running, and resting Tuesday and Thursday. I'll kick it back up on Monday.

I'm actually looking forward to my second biology field trip. We're going out to the Cascades (which is a 2-hour bus ride according to my teacher x.x) and we get to go around observing nature. On top of that, we're going to be walking about a mile and a half, so there's some light exercise right there.

Overall, I'm feeling pretty darn good.

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CINNAMONJOY 5/31/2011 6:25PM

    That's an excellent steampunk dress. What anime is it from?

What are your faves? I haven't watched anything for a while, but I've been into many in the past - My all time faves are Cowboy Bebop, Ghost In the Shell, and Black Lagoon. Yeah, old school. Like I said, it's been a while since I watched any except for the newer Fullmetal Alchemists. I'm into manga too. Right now I'm only reading Gantz though.

It's so much easier cooking and eating at home, isn't it?

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The woman I'll never be (ever again)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My calorie-burn has been so high these last couple of weeks. For the past 4 weeks I've burned at least 4000 calories and this week 6000. I haven't necessarily been doing it on purpose, but it's just a result of me doing the activities that I want to do. I came across yet another picture of myself. This one is a little more revealing than the one I had posted in a prior journal entry.

I had been increasingly frustrated by the fact that my weight loss has been slow. I've only lost about 5 pounds since the end of March, but when I saw that picture, my frustration disappeared. I am so happy that while it's slow, it's still a loss and not a gain. I don't ever want to be this woman in the photo-EVER AGAIN. I exercise now. I eat healthy now, and I am in it for the long run. I understand that this will take time. I'm not going to lose it all in a couple of months, but more realistically, a couple of YEARS. In turn, if I did try to lose it all quickly, I'd just end up with loose skin.

I love the fact that I have been able to drop 4 pant sizes, and I am feeling better about myself every day. Even if I didn't do anything different and continued this slow loss, I'd end up with the healthy habits I've picked up, and at the very least, possibly down 30 pounds assuming the loss remained this slow. It's a win-win in my opinion, and I'm not going to try to twist that into something negative.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/15/2011 7:10AM

    good work!
best wishes for the next 5lbs, Sandra

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CAROLZ1967 5/14/2011 10:48PM

    Awesome attitude! And all so very true. I lost over 65 pounds in over a year and no baggy skin. You'd never know my highest weight if I didn't tell ya. So you are doing it the best way! You and your attitude are very thank you! Keep up the amazing work! Remember... It's a lifestyle change....looks like you got it figured out too!

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Packed My Lunch....(finally.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I hate to admit this, but for the first time this term (We're in week 7 of 10) I actually packed my lunch. While I had been staying within my calorie range, I'm tired of eating all the crappy food that the school cafeteria has to offer, and I'm not in the mood to pay $4.75 for a small bowl of grapes, melon and apples. I don't know why the 'healthy' food is so expensive, but I decided that I had enough.
I actually went out yesterday (part of my walk) and bought a lunch bag with an ice pack too keep everything cold. I had my lunch and some extra healthy snacks (low fat string cheese, and apple and 1 serving of triscuits). I'm here from 9:30 am to 5:50 so I definitely had to think about snacks.
I am only at 1147 calories for the day, so once I get out of class, I can have a healthy dinner and a small sugar-free desert!

I recently decided to start adding more exercise to my routine. I felt like an hour a day isn't enough. I already added it to my fitness tracker and accounted for it for my caloric intake.
I have a feeling that it will re-start my weight loss. I had been at some kind of plateau for a while, and I'm tired of seeing "260-something". I want to get down to 259 by the first week of June. I'm currently at 264, so it's attainable.

I want to take a strength training class next term. I have a feeling that if I mix that with my aerobic exercise, It will definitely help. In spite of the fact that it's raining, I've been at school for 5 hours now, and the on-campus car show was rained out, I feel amazing. I feel so happy about my progress academically, mentally and physically. Adam commented on how my attitude is just so amazing now, and he's seeing a side of me that just shines.

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CEKER9 5/11/2011 8:22PM

    Sounds like you are doing *very* well.
Every little things help... glad to hear you are "brown bagging" snacks and lunch! It makes a HUGE different!!!

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Bright and Shiny

Friday, May 06, 2011

I had a major breakthrough last night. It was so strange. I was washing my face after a workout, and all these memories kind of came flooding in causing a paradigm shift. I started sobbing. I realize what I've been stuffing down my whole life. I am not going to do that anymore. I don't need to. I can forgive those around me and I can forgive myself. I can move on and be the woman I need to be and want to be.
I feel amazing now. Good thing my jogging class starts in about 10 minutes. I'm ready to really push it today.

I'm proud of myself. I went grocery shopping yesterday. I really needed to get the junk out of my system. I had been eating within my calorie range, but the foods I was eating weren't worthy of my body. I bought a lot of fruit and vegetables. I did buy some 'desserty-type' stuff like sugar free pudding, but I am in control.
I am planning to re-take a math exam today. I got a little bit lower of a score than I wanted to, so thankfully I can do that.
I'm feeling really amazing.
I think I will be enjoying myself a lot more

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GENESISMUSE 5/6/2011 1:24PM

    emoticon Aren't those breakthrough moments amazing? It's awesome to read that you're having a great day and enjoying yourself!

Lots of wishing happiness to you! emoticon

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Maybe it's time to step up my game...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I was looking at the sheet I filled out on the first day of my jogging class. For the weight, it said 269 pounds. That was in March.....I'm only down to 264. I'm thinking maybe I should step it up. I don't want to go crazy or anything, but I wouldn't mind trying a little harder.
I know that I exercise enough. That's not what the problem is. I'm still eating badly. Sure, I've cut the portions, and I definitely eat a lot less than I used to, but it's the foods that I'm eating that are bad. I still eat burgers, tacos, chips, fries, you name it. I just know that it's slowing down my weight loss.
The problem is that my fiance'e and I are busy full time students. we don't necessarily have time to cook. Not only that, but we live in a tiny postage-stamp apartment, and it's hard to cook in that kitchen. I know that these are just excuses, and if I really wanted to, I could eat healthier.

On another note, I realized that I've dropped that "all or nothing" attitude. I used to believe that if I ate bad or skipped a day, it would halt my progress, but I understand now that it doesn't halt it, it only slows it down. I am going to take some measures to eat better.

I went on a 2.1 mile jog today with my class, and I was so embarrassed because I almost threw up x.x I'll definitely have to be more careful. I had gotten that 'runners high', then I got the 'runners sick'. oh well. As I continue doing this, my body will get used to it.

I'm totally going to enjoy the sunshine today :D

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JOHNHANCOCK 5/4/2011 8:15PM

  I feel you there. I strained my left pectoral the first week of March and without the consistency of almost daily workouts keeping me motivated I went off diet. I still ate fairly healthy, lots of chicken breast, eggs, peas and apples. Luckily, I only gained about 5lbs in the ensuing two months. I've been eating strict (nothing processed) again for the past four days and I'm down almost five pounds.

Let's be honest, your weight loss has almost hit a dead stop because of your daily diet. Losing weight (body-fat, more specifically) is all about what you consume. Most dietitians and fitness professionals will tell you it's a split somewhere along the lines of 90/10 between diet/exercise.

Pushing your body through a 2.1 mile jog and then feeding it garbage is really not good for you. At your weight I don't think your body is going to get used to 2-mile jogs, there's just too much stress on your hips, knees and ankles. I know when walking, the landing foot/leg takes 3x your body-weight in force- I could only imagine what it is when jogging. Be really careful because once you injure a knee, even with rehab it's never going to be 100% again. With nice weather here, you should really look into cycling. No impact and you can really push your cardio threshold vs. jogging.

On another note- if you fail to plan, you plan to fail (in regards to diet). Only buy healthy foods. Stick the meat, dairy and produce sections of the grocery store, don't even walk down the aisles of processed garbage. If you don't have chips/cookies at home, you won't eat them. Bake, grill or stir-fry a couple of pounds of chicken breast at a time so it's always ready to eat. Get up a little earlier and make a 2-3 egg omlette* with peppers, onions and 1oz of lower fat cheese. Walnuts are a great and easy to take with. Even low-sodium turkey breast from a deli is good.

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