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Making Progress

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I am starting to get back on track with my healthy habits. I've done really well this week, tracking my calories and exercising. I feel so much better already! I have a long way to go, but it feels good to take that first step. Why do I wait so long before admitting to myself that I need to get back on track?! Oh well. What's done is done, now I just need to move forward. I know what it takes, it's just a matter of doing it.
I still really need a workout buddy in my new town. I know I will have lows, and I could use someone to help push me through those times. My husband is very supportive, but our schedules are too difficult to work out together. Maybe I should join a running group?
I'm off to enjoy the day. We're going hiking!


My Life Turned Upside Down

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I can't remember the last time I logged on to Spark, but I think it's time to return. Unfortunately, I have gained 20 pounds since my lowest weight a year ago. I never thought I would be someone who would lose weight only to gain it again. I really thought I was doing things the "right" way so that it would be a lifestyle change instead of a quick fix. Well, I've experienced a lifestyle change alright - just not the one I anticipated.

Last summer, my husband and I found out we would be moving across the country. It was a positive, exciting change, but it still turned my life upside down. Our last couple of months in our old city were chaos. I was packing, trying to sell our house, working at my old job until the final days, and saying goodbyes to family and friends. In the midst of all of that, I was looking for an apartment and job in our new city, and trying to plan for the future. Even though it was an exciting time, there was a lot going on at once. My workouts fell by the wayside and my eating habits slowly deteriorated.

After an emotional goodbye, we set off for our new city. We lived in a hotel suite for the first month while we looked for an apartment. Living in the hotel wasn't so bad, but it totally destroyed any vestiges of healthy habits that I'd had. We were provided free breakfasts at the hotel, which we fully enjoyed. After a month of eating fatty hotel breakfasts and lots of takeout, I had gained at least 5 pounds, probably closer to ten.

Meanwhile, I was looking for a job and searching for an apartment. I was lucky to find both an apartment and a job fairly quickly, but it was still another month or two before I began to feel settled. In the interim, we were just trying to do the best we could to deal with all of the changes with grace. I think we handled it pretty well, but my eating habits definitely took a turn for the worse. Although we now had a kitchen in which to cook healthy meals, we were both working full time and adjusting to longer hours and longer commutes. By the time I got home at night, all I wanted was a glass of wine (or three) and a big bowl of pasta. I didn't monitor my portions - I just ate whatever I wanted. And exercise? What is that?! I didn't realize how much I had come to rely on my workout buddies that I'd had in my former home. Without a workout buddy to help motivate me, I have virtually given up on my exercise routine.

So...six months later I'm 20 pounds heavier. I have known for a while that I needed to get back on track, but after seeing pictures of myself from a recent wedding, I realized just how much I have gained. I think it actually looks like more than 20 pounds because I have lost a lot of my muscle tone as well.

I realize that I can't just bounce right back into my former good habits. It is going to take a lot of work to get back to where I was before. My goal is to focus on my eating habits, then slowly add in more exercise. Eventually, I'd like to get back to the 130 mark and run another half marathon this summer.

Wish me luck.

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GRACIOUSGRAPE 1/16/2010 1:30PM

    You did it before so you know you can do it again. You had an awful lot going on at the same time and stress levels alone will pack on the pounds. There are many new members and, I am sure, many old friends you have here. Welcome back! I am new since Dec. 28 (although my time frame says 08 but I just joined and then never looked at it again). On Dec. 28 I became serious about it so consider me a new supportive friend! We seem to be able to lie to ourselves when we look in the mirror but those d___n pictures tell the truth! That is also what motivated me to stop with the excuses and get going. Lovin' the Spark!

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5 Months Later...Weight Gain and Half Marathon!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Wow. It has been a LONG time since I've logged on to SparkPeople! I can't promise I'm back for good, but I thought I'd check in and let everyone know what I've been up to the past several months.

The bad news is, I've gained back most of the weight I lost last year. :( I haven't weighed myself in a while, but I'd guess I'm around 138. My portion sizes have slowly gotten bigger as I've let my guard down and stopped diligently tracking my calories. I'm also pretty sure that I've slipped back into the habit of eating too many carbs and not enough protein. On a positive note, I've managed to keep up my water intake and continue to eat more fruits and veggies throughout the day - so not all is lost in the food department!

As for exercise, I have been AWESOME in this area. In fact, I completed a half marathon a few weeks ago! I still can hardly believe that I did it! I trained for four solid months, doing strength training, cross-training and lots of running (obviously.) I got into a great work out routine and you know what - it really wasn't that hard! I added the mileage slowly, so by the time I reached race day, I was totally prepared for it. When race day came, I took it slow and steady and finished the whole 13.1 miles without stopping.

Now that I've accomplished that goal, I'm trying to keep up my good workout habits. Instead of running such high mileage, I'm trying to work in some new aerobics classes and challenge myself on speed work. My next goal is to complete a 5K in under 25 minutes. I have never been a fast runner, so this will definitely be a good challenge for me.

All in all, I feel pretty good about where I am right now. I feel strong and fit, and I'm proud of what my body can do. I definitely need to keep an eye on my food intake, especially now that I'm not running 15+ miles per week. I think that is always going to be a challenge for me, because let's face it - I love to eat! Hopefully just tweaking my food choices a bit will get me back to my healthy eating habits.

I hope all of you are doing well with your goals.

Until next time...

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KCCAT77 5/10/2009 8:47PM

    Congrats on your half marathon!!!! That's awesome. I am currently training for my first too. Way to go on keep at the exercising. Don't beat yourself up too badly about the food. I think that is the hardest part. Keep up all the good work.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Things did not go as planned yesterday. We arrived at the party to find a spread of typical party foods: chips and dip, cheeses, deli meats, mini-quiches, and a table of desserts. There really wasn't anything substantial that could be considered a meal. My husband and I got a small plate of food and then talked about possibly just having a snack and then eating a real meal afterwards. We should have followed through on that plan. The longer we stayed at the party, the hungrier we got and the more trips back to the food we made. By the time we left I'd consumed three mini-plates of food, two desserts and three glasses of wine. The worst part about it was that none of it really tasted that good. I wasn't satisfied and I felt awful. :(

I'm trying not to beat myself up over this, but it is hard. I knew what I was getting in to, yet I still was unable to control myself. I'm still trying to figure out what causes me to succeed in certain situations and fail in other situations. I know I can't be perfect all the time, but I wish that I could be a little more consistent.

Well, I'm going on a walk with a friend in a little while. Hopefully that will do some good for my mind and body. Today is a new day.

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KCCAT77 12/27/2008 6:04PM

    You are exactly right, today is a new day. Glad you didn't beat yourself up too badly. It's hard to stay on track with the holidays. Start clean on Jan 1.

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Wish Me Luck!

Friday, December 19, 2008

I'm going to need it. I have a few hurdles to jump over this weekend. First up: another holiday party tonight. I'm feeling a little vulnerable after a stressful day and a light lunch. My plan is to go home to eat a snack and decompress for a few minutes before heading out.

I would really like to indulge in a glass (or two) of wine, but if I do that I'm afraid my inhibitiions will be lowered and I will make unhealthy food choices. Also, I am hoping to get in another 5-mile run tomorrow, which might not go very well after drinking the night before.

I'm already feeling slightly deprived just thinking about sacrificing my glass of wine and treats. That feeling is what causes me to cave and completely overdo it. I need to approach this party with a positive attitude. Perhaps I should just allow myself to eat what I want and trust that I will make the right choices...

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KCCAT77 12/20/2008 10:35AM

    Hope you made it through the party and had a good time.

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