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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I need some motivation. I've let 3rd shift completely take over my life and have gained almost 10 lbs in the past 4 months. I'm always too tired, too moody, too lazy.... always too something to go to the gym. And I miss working out. I miss it badly. I just need some motivation before I lose control completely. Also my eating is out of control. I eat to keep myself awake at work. I don't eat like I should because I'm always too wore out and when I do eat, I am starving and I over eat. I know what it takes to lose weight. I've done it. I just can't seem to get that spark lit inside of me again. I'm tired of feeling like this.

If you have any advice... I am willing to hear any of it.

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TERRIPAL1 8/3/2011 6:12AM

    Be patient you're going through a hard time,your spark will return!
It's there just dormant!
Take a walk for 10 mins & see where it goes!

Good Luck! emoticon

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DONNAKOVAC 8/3/2011 6:02AM

    Good advice already given. Shift work is hard, no matter what. I've been trying to do better to pack healthier snacks and meals. Your body's not even meant to eat in the middle of the night, but you still have to have strength to get through your shift and perhaps even drive home safely! I don't usually work nights, I'm a morning person and cannot sleep during the day, so night shift is killer. I did work one, not too long ago and I did push myself to walk out in the fresh air during break, too. It helped.

Working nights, especially (working at all, some days!) is like a marathon. You have to eat right, train right and get enough rest to get through it. Avoid crash and burn as much as you can- caffeine, sugar, etc. Orange juice is my drug of choice for dealing with exhaustion. :-D Get what exercise you can - increasing your oxygen flow is VERY helpful! Maybe throw a skipping rope into your lunch bag if you can! I'm starting off as a commercial driver, very soon and plan to carry a jump rope with me at all times! :-D

When you come home and want to work out but you are too tired (and you've had your rest), choose exercises that seem manageable. If you can only do a little, a little is better than none and helps create momentum. Once in motion, it's easier to stay in motion. :-D LOL, but I've done upper body work out exercises while laying in bed. Grabbed two larger water bottles for weights and pumped them a few times. Gotta start somewhere! :-D It's sometimes also easier to do some leg and core work while lying in bed! :-D Just take note of the fact that you don't have the solid support you'd have on the floor and be careful!

You can do it! Keep working towards your goal.

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SPARKCHANTAL 8/3/2011 5:31AM

    always easy to give advice if you're not in the middle of it...
there are some pretty good quotes on your sparkpage, did you put them there?
just pretend it's the beginning, go through 'fastbreak' again, start easy.

i find when i hit a plateau, i just have to give my body time to re-group, but be very careful not to let the yo-yo effect take over; this period can even be more strenuous than losing phases. plus: when you take weight off, you change your whole life feeling. are you willing to do it? not joking!
smile... and good luck to you

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3rd shift struggle

Monday, April 18, 2011

So, 3 weeks ago I started working 3rd shift full time. I went from being a stay at home mom for 7 years, to working 1st and 2nd shift 3 days a week, to working 3rd shift 40+ hours a week all in the time span of a year. I am really struggling now with getting a workout in. I have to be honest, this Tuesday, it will be 3 weeks since I have stepped in the gym. Before I started working, I was going at least 5 nights a week. Now my sleep schedule is so messed up and my husband doesn't get home from work until almost time for me to go to work, so going to the gym while I have my kids is out of the question. I can't go when I get off from work in the mornings because my husband has to be at work as soon as I get off. (he is working 12+ hours a day). This past weekend was my first weekend off and I found myself so tired that I didn't want to do anything but sleep. It has been 3 weeks. Shouldn't my body be use to this by now? I hate not getting my work outs in. I can tell a big difference in my moods. I really have to find a balance here. I know the longer I stay away from the gym, the harder it's going to be to go back if I don't get some time to do it real soon!

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SHASUE29 4/21/2011 2:56PM

    With me having 3 kids also, I find it damn near impossible to find time to get to the gym. Especially with the older two being in after school activities. And with this cold/wet weather lately, we (Me and Zacoria) haven't even had a chance to go for a walk. :-(

But, when the weather straightens up, that is what I'm going to do.....WALK my butt off! Maybe you could fit a walk in? Maybe add some weights to it too? Or even a bike ride. I have one of those bike trailers I throw Zacoria in and pull her around while mommy gets the workout of a lifetime! :-)


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Thanks for all the Birthday Wishes!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thanks so much everyone for all of the birthday wishes. You all are so great and I really appreciate everyone taking the time to stop by my page. Hope you all have a fabulous week ahead! emoticon

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SHASUE29 4/21/2011 2:57PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!

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I haven't forgotten you all!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hi Spark friends. I'm still keeping up with all of my Spark family. I have just been a little quiet lately. Life is hectic, but I know that you all know what I mean. I'm going to make sure to log in more often. I do better with Spark than without it, that's for sure.

As for my healthy lifestyle. It's still a work in progress. I'm still working out pretty much on a regular basis and just started the C25K program yesterday. I finished day 1 of the program and felt so accomplished! Tomorrow I'm starting a Body Boot Camp class at my Gym. Instructed by my best friend MsWebb8046. It's her first day instructing the class, so if you have time... look her up on here and wish her luck. She has been working super hard to get ready for this and I think that I am just as excited about it as she is! We did a trial run through it yesterday and she kicked my butt! In a good way though.

I hope that you all have had a wonderful February! I don't know about you guys, but I am happily welcoming March in to my life. That means that Spring weather is just around the corner! emoticon


And the struggle continues...

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I'm sitting here wondering to myself when am I going to buckle down and just do this whole weight loss healthy lifestyle thing. If there is one thing that I am good at, it would be excuses. And procrastination comes in 2nd. How long have I been on this journey now you may ask? Well, 3 years and about a week to be exact. If you followed my progress, then you know that the first year I was on the ball. The past 2 years though have been nothing but a giant struggle. I lose weight, gain weight, eat healthy, eat terrible, go to the gym faithfully, or don't go at all for months at a time. And all of these things is the exact reason why I am still stuck in the 180s, still not eating like I should, and still not going to the gym as much as I should.

I know that you want honesty, so here it is. To be honest, right now I am sitting here thinking about how I would love to stop at Wendy's when I leave work and get a cheeseburger and possibly some fries. I went to the gym today and the past 2 days before this, but my eating habits are still pretty much the same. Do I know that I do NOT need to get a cheeseburger? Absolutely. Does it stop me from wanting one? Absolutely NOT! I am terrible with self control. I'm not sure what to do to change this crappy way of thinking that I have going on, but I am fed up with myself at this point. I really need to find my balance and my discipline that I had during the first year of this journey. I really need that back!

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PURPLEPIXIE07 2/2/2011 10:55PM

    I have been going through the same thing ive been on this weight loss journey since 2007 and i have yet to conquer my self control, especially on the fast food part. I love to have burgers and fries. But we can do this This year is going to be a great one emoticon emoticon emoticon

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