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Still keeping on keeping on

Thursday, September 18, 2014

So far, heading back to school has really helped me to get some of my habits back on track. I've lost about 10 pounds from my highest weight this summer. I've gotten to the point where I can wear a good portion of the clothes in my closet (although still not totally comfortably at times) I no longer feel uncomfortable all the time. It's all good.

However, there are still some things I need to work on. I have not been exercising as much as I would like to. I have been consistently walking to work and making time for one longer walk, usually on the weekends, however I do think I am going to need to up my exercise routine if I want to keep on a losing streak.

Over the summer, I was convinced to try the 21 Day fix, which includes workout videos. I embraced the eating plan overall, but I did not really get on board with the workout videos. I got a little lazy. Over the summer, that was okay because I worked out with a personal trainer and made it to the gym a couple times a week, but since the start of school... I haven't even been doing that. I had great plans of waking up early to walk or run, but I keep sabotaging myself by staying up too late. I think maybe I need to work on working out after work instead and make good use of my afternoons and evenings. I do far too much sitting around.

So, here we go, just keep making good choices and I'll get there.

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JLHODKINSON 9/18/2014 6:06PM

    Keep it up! I wanted to tell you that we're doing a free 5 day starting Monday, would you like to join us?

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KABMPH 9/18/2014 1:50PM

    Wow! You've been doing it this summer and haven't mentioned it before? I'm glad you are liking it. It sounds intriguing. I've seen the infomercial. :)

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STODD251 9/18/2014 9:07AM

    The 21 Day Fix is through Beachbody, who also make T25 and other programs that I've heard a lot about. One of my sparkfriends recommended the 21 Day Fix. When you order the kit from them, you get a set of containers. Basically you eat whole healthy foods that fit into the containers. The containers give you that built in portion control without necessarily needed to measure/weigh/track your food. It's a good way to really get a feel for how much you should be eating of certain things. It's just eating good clean foods, so I loved it.

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HMBROWN1 9/18/2014 8:41AM

    I have never seen the 21 Day Fix - how did you find the meal plan part?

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JAROL7 9/18/2014 8:33AM

    Way to go!

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My losing streak

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I've been on a roll for the past couple of weeks, moving from the 190s into the 180s made me very happy. Right now, I'm weighing in at 187.8 lbs. I did not eat super super healthily this weekend, but was still able to maintain a loss from Friday and even lose a pound simply by making healthier choices when I did go out to eat and getting out to do a little bit of walking.
So far I've not made the best choices this week at work. There were a few too many sweets around that I indulged in yesterday, but I did not gain any weight overall. I already know that a co-worker brought in a cake for lunchtime today, so I will just have a sliver of that and call it a day. My other food for the day is going to be pretty light, so I'm not too concerned about these little splurges, as long as I keep them little. Everything in moderation, right?

Starting to look forward to scheduling another time to try wedding dress shopping again... I'm not at my ideal weight, but at least I feel like me again.

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KABMPH 9/16/2014 9:29AM

    Half of my clothes fit me well and the other half are just a little tight. I like the stuff that's tight, but I hate how it feels. When I wear them (and I often do because I don't have a big closet), it really affects how I feel about myself.

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Starting to feel like I'm back on track again

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Over the last year, my weight has started to go crazy! In January 2013, I decided to really work at losing weight. I was working out a minimum of twice a week, but often went five times a week. I was eating right. I did hour long strength training sessions with a personal trainer and a friend. By June of 2013, I had gone from about 185 to 165. I was feeling awesome. I still wanted to lose a little bit more weight, but things were on track... Then sometime during the summer of 2013, I lost control again. By the end of the summer, I was back up to 185. I held on to 185 for a good long time, but then in the summer of 2014, I found my weight floating up into the 190s. My clothes stopped fitting. I was miserable. It was not good. As of today, I officially saw 180-something on the scale for the first time since before the summer. (Granted, it was 189.6, but still... better than 190-something) Now I need to keep up with eating healthy and get this weight back down to where I am comfortable in my own clothes again. Also I have to try on wedding gowns again at some point... Last time I tried all I saw was the weight that I gained and I didn't like it. Now is the time to kick this into high gear and get myself back into the 170s for the fall, and hopefully even lower eventually.

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CLRWILLIAMS25 9/10/2014 1:35PM

    Glad to hear the scale is moving in the right direction again!

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KABMPH 9/10/2014 10:10AM

    There's nothing more uncomfortable than clothes not fitting. I have some pants that I still wear that are just too tight, and whenever I wear them I feel so fat and gross (even though I know I'm neither of those things). I need to stop wearing them! But they used to look good and I don't have a huge closet, so it's not as easy to just switch to something else.

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PASTORDAN_ATDCC 9/10/2014 9:26AM

    I have followed that track many times myself over the years, keep getting back up! Eventually the good habits formed will begin to dominate the bad and healthy living will be the reward.

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Managed to lose a few pounds when there were many factors against me

Monday, July 14, 2014

So, I am shocked. Last Monday, I stepped on the scale. It said 196.6 (yikes! how did that happen?!?) Anyway, I decided that this was not acceptable, clearly, and decided to do something about it. I started making the healthiest choices that I could at home and worked out quite a bit. By Thursday, I was down to 195.7... then, I went away for the weekend. We had already scheduled a trip on the first ever Cape Cod Railroad Beer Tasting Train. Plus, my fiance wanted to visit a bunch of breweries in the South Shore region. We're working on visiting all the places on the Massachusetts Craft Brewer's Passport. Beer, plus inconsistent schedules, plus having only pub food and/or carbs available most of the places we were going = BAD news for my waistline. Plus, it's that time of the month= double BAD news.... I always get bloated and feel nauseous and often become ravenously hungry (maybe I'm weird, but that's how it happens for me) So I decided to try to basically do damage control: drink copious amounts of water, try to make smart choices about food as much as possible, taste beers without getting too carried away, try to get some veggies in when I can, squeeze in some exercise if I could manage it and Brett would humor me... So, that's what I tried to do. Not easy, but I made healthy choices. I did at one point get super frustrated with Brett though. He has even more weight to lose than I do and he was acting like he just didn't care, going to McDonalds between places and getting two burgers, fries and a diet soda as a "snack" Gahh! First of all, McDonalds (and most fast food places) gross me out. Second of all, how dare he eat like that in front of me who is trying so hard to make good choices. It worked out okay in the end. We ended up having a conversation about how my real frustration was in feeling alone in this journey, but the truth is he's just at a very different place. You can't expect someone to overnight go from eating fast food, coffee, vending machine snacks, pub food galore, overindulging in alcohol to eating clean, low calorie foods without a major learning curve. I've had a couple years of this journey to figure out what works for my body in general, and even that is changing a little bit as I get older. But, I can't expect him to learn all that overnight. Anyway, so I did pretty well. I drank at least 4 liters of water almost every day. I made healthy choices when given the opportunity. I even got in a nice little jog on the treadmill one of the days this weekend. So, now comes Monday morning. The moment of truth. I step on the scale, and.... 193.8! Progress in the right direction! Not huge, but I managed to lose a couple of pounds despite beer drinking, often not great food choices, and that time of the month... I am kind of shocked, but in a good way!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/16/2014 9:15PM

    that is FANTASTIC! Keep up the awesomeness!

I'm a lil green with envy over here but hey! YOU put in the effort!

Great job!

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KABMPH 7/14/2014 1:33PM

    This journey really is yours alone! My BF doesn't exercise or generally eat healthy (unless I'm making it) -- though I know he would not fully agree with my healthy eating statement.

So when we travel together, I go to the gym or the pool by myself. He respects my choices even if they're not for him. And I try to do the same back to him, even if I know my choices are better than his. emoticon

CONGRATS on losing that pound despite the challenges. Weight loss is HARD. You are doing great -- and the wedding will probably be a good motivation for you, too! Thanks for the comment on my blog today, too, btw. I either need to be OK with what I've got or see if I can do something about it.

PS - I can't believe you got spammed on your blog!

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MIRAGE727 7/14/2014 9:46AM

    Stay strong, Stephanie! I've been hard on a few SparkPeople until my wife talked with me about our beginning the journey. I remembered how I spent the first 1 1/2 months fooling around with SparkPeople. I was overdrinking, over eating, and slowly killing myself! It reminded me exactly what you said, "but the truth is he's just at a very different place."
It's so much easier when two are involved in a mutual goal. Our motivation was our Granddaughter. We just have to find our own. You stay strong, stay focused, and be the best you can be. My wife set an example for me. Because of it, I became a runner at 60 and a Triathlete at 63!
Know we're here for you! Boston Strong!

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RUDITUDI2000 7/14/2014 9:21AM

    Yeah! Victory! This is very encouraging to know it can be done int the real world..the day to day! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!

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Back to the Real World (sort of) ... and a recap of vacation

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

So, it has been a very busy couple of weeks for me... I got out of school for the summer just two weeks ago. Although, admittedly it seems like it's been a lot longer.
So, what have I been doing all that time?
Neglecting sparkpeople? a little bit. emoticon
Having fun? absolutely! emoticon emoticon
Traveling the world? Not quite, but it sure felt like it... emoticon emoticon
Getting engaged? Yeah, that too emoticon

We started off our whirlwind week the Friday after I got out of school by driving up to Montreal. We made the journey fun though, by stopping at some attractions (read: breweries... Brett is considering it as research for the brewery he now wants to open himself)

When we arrived in Montreal, it was actually pretty late since we made so many stops along the way. Brett was dying to have me try one of his favorites meals in Montreal: smoked meat. So we went to this restaurant.... their small sandwich had 10 oz. of meat! Brett decided he wanted the 1-pounder, but luckily the waitress rang it in "wrong" and he got 10 oz., which as it turns out was more than plenty and he went away too full for dessert. emoticon

We spent the next couple days walking around the city, swimming in the hotel's rooftop pool, and just taking in the sights. We even stumbled upon a fireworks show one of the nights. emoticon Another highlight was trying some bagel places and breweries in the city.... (you're getting the picture: this trip was not kind to my waistline)

Next, we drove through Quebec, into Vermont, and then into New Hampshire. Again we made a few stops along the way. We had to pick up some soda in Quebec (Brett always gets A&W Root Beer and Gingerale in Canada because they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup). We also got some syrup and ice wine, so we had a very full car.

In New Hampshire, we first stopped in Littleton NH at a really neat little brewpub. They had a few of their own beers on tap and a small menu of food that was cooked in a brick oven right in the middle of this little old mill (complete with slightly slanting floors) We both really liked it. After lunch there, we headed up the hill to Main Street where we explored the longest candy counter in the world and picked up a few pieces of candy that reminded us of our childhood a bit. We were a little too full to eat any candy right then, so we packed it away to save for later.

We drove the rest of the way to North Conway and checked in at our hotel. First things first, more swimming, and hot tub time. That's one of the best things about staying in a hotel afterall. After that we ventured out to another local place for a late dinner/beer tasting. Brett was definitely still on city time, so he was shocked to see that almost everywhere in North Conway closed up by 10 pm...

The next day was spent walking around North Conway, after a stop at Glen Junction for a pretty big, and delicious breakfast. Brett's a train guy, so eating at this restaurant with model trains running around the restaurant was a must. Plus they have good food. We also ended up buying Brett some better socks and shoes... apparently he's not used to doing this much walking and his feet were kind of hurting. I have a tendency to walk everywhere when I go on this sort of a vacation and think nothing of it... but he and I are a little bit different in that regard. We actually got caught up for most of the afternoon at the Mount Washington Observatory Museum. They have this exhibit where you are supposed to use a set of 24 fans blowing in different directions to maneuver a toy boat into the little dock... It was not as easy as you might think. Between the two of us and a little girl who was at the museum, we finally got it! (Thank God, I would have hated to be bested by a child's toy!)

Anyway, that evening we went on the Conway Scenic Railroad dinner train. It was a beautifully restored little dining car, and perhaps because it was a Tuesday night, it was not even crowded. Brett and I got our own little private table. They served a nice four course meal on the train. Luckily for me, I guess... the first course was a salmon chowder which I didn't like, so I saved some calories there. Then we had a caprese salad, which I very much enjoyed, with a molasses oat bread which was quite tasty. We both chose beef medallions as our meal, which was served with green beans and potatoes. All very good. So they serve those courses on our way up to Bartlett, where they have to run the engine around to change direction and get us back home. So, while we're stopped, Brett takes my hand and says, "How about we have something to celebrate on the way home? Will you marry me?" I think I said "yes", although it might well have been more of a "yeah".... So we definitely did lots of smiling over dessert on our return trip. Somehow, he also managed to do it so discretely that our waitress didn't even know until we told her... After the ride was over, we got the engineer of the train to take a picture for us under the Conway Scenic logo, and Brett got a chance to be a train geek and talk about stuff that I don't know anything about....

So there's my exciting news! I'm getting married!

Anyway, the next day, we went to another brewery and then went and played in the water like little kids, until it started to rain, but it was fun anyway...
We did get into bathing suits, FYI... it's just that I couldn't take photos while we were actually in the water with my phone not being waterproof and all...

We took our time getting back to the Boston area, and then spent the Fourth with my family.

The trip culminated with a ferry ride over to Long Island and then driving back up to Brett's house.

So, now, we are back to the real world: working out, eating right, and hopefully getting back into shape.... not just for the wedding, but for a long, healthy life together!

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SDLEE514 7/17/2014 9:49AM

    Congratulations!!! thats a beautiful area up there, what a wonderful story! so happy for you

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RUDITUDI2000 7/14/2014 9:17AM

    So happy for you! Congratulations to you both on your engagement! The vacation sounds fantastic. What a trip to remember! emoticon emoticon

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KABMPH 7/14/2014 9:07AM


I'm so happy for you!!!!!

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MELITAG 7/8/2014 9:02PM

    Love blogs like this - they make me smile - Congrats

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IRP1114 7/8/2014 4:38PM

    Awww : ) You made me smile. Yes lots of good reasons to get back to routines. Sounds like it was a great trip in many ways!

Food sounded worth the calories lol. I am sure I would have enjoyed and indulged just the same.

Congratulations girl!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLHODKINSON 7/8/2014 3:17PM

    WooHoo! Awesome!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/8/2014 1:58PM

    That is so fantastic ! Sounds like loads of fun! Congrats on your engagement!

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    What a great blog! SO happy for you :) Sounds like it was a fun trip & Im happy to know Canada is doing something good in their fast food chain...haha (I LOVE A&W rootbeer...always has to be cold though otherwise it tastes too sweet! lol) I try to "forget" there are TWO A & W's within 20 minutes of me... either direction I drive down the highway! lol. Gotta love little towns, guaranttee Tim Hortons, and some sort of fast food...but that train ride sounded great..everything on your trip--so fun! & I like all the pics...the water shot is fun too :) Well, you guys keep smiling away! Again.... emoticon emoticon
PS that is one beautiful ring!!!

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SHOAPIE 7/8/2014 12:47PM

    So much fun!

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