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I'm back!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Nothing like a new year to make yourself get back on track! I have been absent from SparkPeople for a long three months. And of course I didn't eat as healthy as I did when I was tracking my food. It makes such a difference when you know that you are going to be recording it somewhere and basically be confronted with it again.
One of the hang-ups I had last year with tracking my food was that I would get super frustrated if I went out to eat with co-workers or whatever and didn't feel like I could track my meal even though I knew I ate healthy! I would get a salad, for instance, and not know exactly how much lettuce, etc. and not want to be a weirdo counting up the tomatoes, etc. I know most people are comfortable guesstimating but I am not one of those people UNFORTUNATELY. I need to know exactly in order to record it. I am a bit OCD. Then I started getting weary of going out to lunch even though I enjoy the social aspect of it so much. That didn't make me happy.
But that is not what kept me away from SparkPeople. Something happened at the beginning of September when I came back from visiting my brother that really upset me. Due to the complexity of the issue, I do not feel like I can resolve it the way I normally would. Therefore it has continued to bother me...yes even four months later! Luckily I have an appointment with my therapist on Monday and I will try to come up with a solution with her then. Wish me LUCK!
I gained around 10 pounds while I was off of SparkPeople so I have my work cut out for me in regards to getting back on track.
Another thing that I let trip me up "last year" was that I was drinking a gallon of water a day (16 cups) and doing Great! BUT then my dad, a psychiatrist, persistently advised me against drinking so much water. I then consulted with my doctor and he told me to only drink SIX CUPS a day!!! I didn't realize how very much drinking a gallon of water was assisting with controlling my appetite until I started drinking half that amount. I haven't figured out what to do. I told my doctor how profusely I sweat when I work out and told him how much I work out but it didn't matter. I still drink at least 8 but I know more would help my appetite A LOT. Then again there is a reason my doctor advised me against it. Washing out nutrients, electrolytes, etc. Unfortunately I get that I would not know that the gallon of water was hurting me until I got symptoms and then it would be too late, damage would be done. I never experienced "symptoms" but I don't want to set myself up for it either.
Lastly my dad kept pestering me about the fact that I was closely monitoring my sodium intake and that it was not necessary and that I would end up in the hospital due to low sodium level. I think I need to consult my doctor about that one too and HOPEFULLY get a better response than I did about the water. I was doing so much better when I was closely watching my sodium intake.
For now, I am striving to simply do my best and track track track. I will hopefully get back to my previous level of activity/participation on SparkPeople eventually but give me time. This blog entry is a BIG STEP for me.

  
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MRSHEATHERB 1/29/2009 12:55AM

    You and I have a lot in common for the last few months! My hiatus started about August, mainly because I could not overcome a plateau. I got frustrated and just gave up, and gained half my lost weight in the process.

Now I'm back sparking again, and I'm glad you are too!

Here's to 2009!!! emoticon

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BAMAGIRL58 1/5/2009 6:41PM

    Suzanna, I am glad that you are back. Sounds hard to be getting advice from so many sources--must have been frustrating. The important thing is that you are back and we can march into 2009 together.
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CAROLISCIOUS 1/3/2009 6:39PM

    Coming back and blogging about it takes courage. I'm really proud of you. I don't know what to tell you about all the advice. We do sometimes take things to the extreme when it isn't necessary. "If a little does good, then a lot will do great." Not always the case, I guess. Just listen to your body. You'll know what's best for you.

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Proud of myself

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I ran out of personal training sessions for the month plus my trainer is out of town. I decided to go ahead and do my lower body strength training that I would have done if I were not out of training sessions for the month. I feel like I did a pretty good job for my first time doing it by myself. I started with walking squats up and down one of the walkways at the gym, 55 squats each way. Then I did some dumbbell swing squats and wall squatting. Then I did walking lunges up and down the same walkway with a 30 lb. barbell on my shoulders. Then did some ab work and finished with some cardio.

I am proud of myself because of the strength training today and because I started out this month at 230.5 and am currently down exactly 5 pounds. Five pounds may only be half of my previous monthly average but it's pretty darn good considering I was depressed 2-3 weeks out of this month and not eating nearly as strictly as normal and not tracking anywhere near as habitually. I also didn't post much unfortunately. I ended up removing myself from the Community Team since I figured I was going to end up getting removed pretty soon anyhow.

One thing I did not falter on was my exercise. I know diet and exercise go hand and hand but I never would have gotten away with eating what I did if it hadn't been for the exercise. Granted I didn't go overboard. No ice cream, donuts, pastries, fried food, pizza, or anything like that.

  
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BAMAGIRL58 10/2/2008 8:45PM

    Suzanna, I think that you have every reason to be proud of yourself. You didn't quit--you kept up with your exercise and the reward was a 5# loss. Many people would just throw their hands up in the air and say why exercise, I failed. It shows that you are following the plan and moving forward to good health. Nobody is perfect all the time and I think that you did a great job in September. I am proud of you!
emoticon emoticon, Nancy

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/30/2008 9:44PM

    Some days you just gotta do what you can do...maybe you can't do it all, but you can do something. I'm proud of you, too!

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SUZY6281 9/30/2008 2:58PM

    I think you did great! Keep up the discipline and you will see even better results next month. To me, the exercise part is the hardest to keep going. Much credit to you for keeping it up.

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BEDWARDS37883 9/30/2008 9:18AM

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Congrats on seeing a loss, and sticking with it.

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Allowed myself to have pizza...

Monday, August 25, 2008

On Friday night, I allowed myself to have pizza (half of a medium which was 3 good-sized slices) for dinner with a salad. It was Delicious! I added 20 minutes to my workout at the gym on Saturday and broke a new record for calories burned according to the cardio machines...923!! I was "good" all weekend and I was rewarded with a 2 lb. weight loss over the weekend...WOO HOO!

I felt it was important to allow myself something "sinful" so that I do not get to feeling deprived since we all know how that can majorly backfire. Granted my favorite pizza isn't so bad since it just has tomato, mozzarella, artichokes, capers, and olives. Also it's on a somewhat thin crust and my favorite pizza place, Tuscan Oven, doesn't seem to make pizza quite as greasy as the typical pizza places.

I am quite happy with myself regarding this past weekend.

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SUZY6281 8/26/2008 11:39AM

    Good for you! Every Friday, my husband and I go out to our favorite Italian place and I have spaghetti and meatballs. I look forward to it every week, and I am still losing weight. I think the idea of not depriving yourself can go far as long as you don't let it get out of hand.

You are doing great!!

Suzy

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/26/2008 12:36AM

    I love the Tuscan Oven! Went there for my 50th BD. I'm afraid I didn't behave as well as you. I read on SP about people having 'cheat' days and still losing. I want to learn more about that.

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Tried spin again!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I did a lot better this second time and my trainer, the class instructor, said so too! I basically kept up for at least 95% of the routine. I say "basically" because I don't think I was going as fast as everybody else but hey! my thighs are at least 3x the size of all of theirs and not the least bit firm!

I actually did all the "jumping" and "dips." I felt good about myself doing significantly better this time. I honestly think it's partially due to the fact that the first time was on the weekend in the morning. My body is used to working out in the late afternoon/evening. Also I ate more beforehand this time and was probably more hydrated.

I do plan to keep doing this until it gets easier which means twice a week, when my trainer teaches it. It's definitely a good way to change up my cardio and avoid getting burnt out on the cardio machines. I just hope I am able to resume at the same level (Random setting, Level 8) when I do get back on the cardio machines.

  
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BAMAGIRL58 8/25/2008 6:30PM

    Great job Suzanna! I have never ventured a try at spinning. I bet you will be racing with the rest of them in no time.

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SUZY6281 8/20/2008 3:46PM

    That's great! More power to you! That is one class that I just couldn't handle. I hear that it is a great idea to switch up on your workouts so that you body doesn't get used to doing the same thing and then send you into a plateau.

Great job!

Suzy

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BEDWARDS37883 8/20/2008 11:22AM

    Great job!

I've been loving the one class I take (yoga) but have been thinking about taking a spin class as well. I love the elliptical, but I'm afraid I'm going to get burnt out on it...and changing up the cardio sounds great.

What gym do you go to? At mine there are also some dance type classes offered that look fun...Salsa, Zumba, and Belly Dancing are some others I'm interested in checking out. Maybe they offer something like this at yours too. Anything to avoid the boredom, lol.

You're doing great emoticon.



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CAROLISCIOUS 8/20/2008 1:09AM

    Good job...you'll be a spinning junkie in no time at all!

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My body is so VICIOUS!

Monday, August 11, 2008

I ate out quite a bit over the weekend. I didn't eat anything fried or overly fatty but the food was probably high in sodium and that's the key. My weight on Friday morning was 237.5 and my weight this morning (Monday 8/11/08) was 244.5. Goodness gracious! I realize that is probably almost all water weight but GEEEZZZ. I am of course right back on track today and plan to see a lot of that weight gone tomorrow!

I had jury duty today but I still made sure to bring my cooler with fruits and veggies and had a protein bar as my entree for lunch. I watched other people eat the french fries and other fried foods from the snack bar/deli at the courthouse and I was so glad that I was prepared. I only ate a little over a 1000 mg of sodium today, drank plenty of water, and worked out (Burned 914 calories baby!!!). So I feel that I have realistic expectations in regards to the scale being nicer tomorrow morning. I should update my ticker here but I haven't decided...

  
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SUZY6281 8/12/2008 2:26PM

    Wow. My body does that too. I know that if I eat anything with soy sauce in it, I will put on at least 3 pounds overnight. Your plan is good. You will most likely take it off plus some in the next few days. It's amazing how much water weighs. Don't let it get you down. I'd leave the ticker alone at least a couple days until you have it all out of your system.

suzy

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/12/2008 12:28AM

    You have to have a comeback plan, then stick with it. You planned well and you will see the benefits.
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