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Planning and Personal Training

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I CAN DO THIS
I CAN DO THIS
I CAN DO THIS

...this is the chant I have on repeat right now.

THE GOAL:
Lose 30 lbs by February (my birthday trip to San Diego, where there will be a swimsuit)
That is roughly 15 weeks from now. 2 lbs per week.. I can do this! (See, there's that chant again)

THE PLAN:
I plan to GO HARD this time. Alcohol only on special occasions, reduce carbs, 1500 cals per day.
I'm working out 2-3 times per wk with my personal trainer/strength training
I'm working out 2-3 times per week on cardio
the goal is 5 workouts per week
I'm logging all my food on Sparkpeople!
I'm blogging!

What are your goals, and how do you plan to get there?

  
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ROBBIEMARIE 11/9/2014 6:50PM

    You can do it. You can do it. You can do it. emoticon I have always and always will believe in you!

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BEACHCALSIX 10/24/2014 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon Loving that motivation!! You've got this!
My goals are similar. Right now I'm doing the fall 5% challenge on sparkpeople, hoping I make that goal and after that hoping to lose a couple more pounds (even during the holidays) if not maintain at least! We've got this! Let's push for it! Make it a strong week!

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144AUTUMN 10/22/2014 1:08PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Weird depression day

Monday, August 04, 2014

I had one of those scary days yesterday that reminds me where I've been and where I do not want to be ever again. I just felt... blah. Emotionless. Numb.

My boyfriend asked me 57 times what was wrong, did I want a root beer, did I want to go out for pizza, did I want to work out, did I want to take a nap. Bless his heart, he tried everything. But all I could do was sit with the kittens on my lap in my pajamas all day. I watched a movie - Meet Joe Black - probably not the best choice for a day you are feeling depression symptoms! Geez! I bawled my freaking eyes out!

So here I am trying to figure out what went wrong and how I can stop the slow slide before it gets too out of control.

1. Eat better. Sugar and carbs make you feel bad. Stop eating them.

2. Go to bed earlier. Since you don't sleep very well, the longer you are in bed, the more rest you will actually get.

3. Work out. It just makes everything better. Even if you feel like you can't, you must do the bare minimum each day. Yes, I said every single day. Walk around the block. It starts with putting your shoes on. It will all work out from there. This is your medicine. Just take it.

4. Find something that makes you happy, and do that. Take your inner tube to the river and just sit there for a couple hours in the sun. Ride your scooter. Go to a movie. Play with the kittens. Fill up your heart with love, and you will feel something, and it will be good. Happiness takes practice. Feeling good takes practice.

Fingers crossed it was just a bad day. I feel nervous today. Work routine, although challenging first thing in the morning, is exactly what I need to keep me out of depression. The act of getting up, showering, and going to an office is what is keeping me human in this life. I haven't *really* felt bad in a few years, and I would like to keep it that way.

Thanks for listening my friends. And please know that if you are struggling with depression or anxiety - I'm always here to listen. ((hugs))

  
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FORZACHANDMATT 8/4/2014 9:06PM

    Sounds like it was tough but I'm glad you are feeling better.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 8/4/2014 7:16PM

    I am feeling better today, thanks everyone! But I really need to take my own advice!

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ACRAIG921 8/4/2014 7:11PM

    I hope your day gets better emoticon

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GOOFYMARATHON 8/4/2014 7:10PM

    Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you have a great plan to help pull yourself up. I hope that today was better for you.

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MCJOYFUL 8/4/2014 7:05PM

    I hope you are having a better day today!

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Reinvigorating through planning!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OK. I need a goal to work for! I am sooooo lazy right now. I can't seem to get my sleeping going, and thus my exercise is sucking, thus I am eating a bunch of crap. That said, I am still wearing my fitbit and keeping track of steps, and I have been really active on the weekends.

What I need is a PLAN! A GOAL!
1. sign up for a 5k in Sept and Oct.
2. sign up for a yoga class or figure out when one is at the gym and put it on my calendar.
3. Go paddling every weekend.
4. figure out what triathlon I want to do in 2015 and do a work back for training
5. make a dang meal plan and shopping list that actually goes with the meal plan, then go to the store and buy only those things. Don't even look at animal cookies.
6. find an accountability partner that will publicly shame me when I don't do what I'm supposed to do, and will publicly celebrate me when I do.
7. help someone else with their accountability because it helps me.
8. set up a rewards system, but don't get too crazy because deep down I know that intrinsic motivation is the thing, and extrinsic motivation doesn't really work. but make a reward system anyway because I need every single thing in place to make this work.
9. redo my "personal board of directors". It's time to put together a new board. I don't need these people all the time, but I need to figure out who they are for when I do need them. This will include:
nutritionist
naturopath/doc
therapist
personal trainer
running friend
paddling friend
weight lifting friend
weight loss friend
woo woo new agey friend
acupuncturist
massage therapist
aesthetician

OK I think that's it for now. Go team!

  
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BEACHCALSIX 7/30/2014 4:12PM

    great goals!!

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SECTION1RON 7/29/2014 10:52PM

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ACRAIG921 7/29/2014 7:58PM

    It all starts with a plan. The list looks good! Let me know how I can help. emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 7/29/2014 6:04PM

    I love the idea of a "personal board of directors" -- so cool!

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I will not be derailed!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Me and sleep do not always get along.

Last week we had a pretty bad falling out, and I just barely slept the entire week. Why? Heat wave? Kittens in the bed? Fan on or fan off? All of these reasons added up to a perfect storm of insomnia. And when I have insomnia I am barely functioning during the day, much less exercising.. and all I want to eat is junk food that comforts me.

Yup, it was that bad.

I'm not even getting on the scale to find out what the damage is. In fact, I might just put the scale away for awhile and not worry about the number. I really need to just focus on making good choices for exercise and food.

That being said, did I get up to run today? No, I did not. I did make my 10k steps goal twice over the weekend, and I DO plan to run tomorrow. I have to redo week 4 of my C25k because last week was non-existent.

But I will NOT be derailed! I'm still in this thing! One bad week doesn't mean I'm done. I'm getting back up, dusting myself off, and marching forward. I can totally do this!

  
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LWADE1963 7/22/2014 9:49PM

    Ambien!!!

I take it and was gonna try to get off it. Maybe not tho.

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MCJOYFUL 7/22/2014 1:12PM

    Absolutely! We are going to have bad weeks every now and then. Way to go getting back on track!

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BEACHCALSIX 7/22/2014 11:55AM

    Stay positive! like you said one negative week won't ruin everything. I've had several bad weeks but not letting them stop me either!! Let's keep at it!!
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STRONGCOURAGE 7/21/2014 9:14PM

    Aw, so hope you settle into a good sleep pattern this week! And wtg on those10K goal steps! :) emoticon Good idea to just let the scale hibernate for awhile :) emoticon You take good care! Hope you sleep deep tonight! emoticon

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SARAHSTORY23 7/21/2014 8:32PM

    I'm going to try adopting your attitude; I don't sleep either, and yep, when I'm tired, refined carbs are my "Snuggie." I think I'll do better to focus on healthy food choices as well---that darn scale feels like a ball and chain.

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/21/2014 6:35PM

    That's the right attitude- you CAN do this!!

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EVIE4NOW 7/21/2014 5:19PM

  Sleep and I don't get along too well either. Can totally relate!

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KBURGOS05 7/21/2014 5:11PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS!! ITS SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT STATE OF MIND. GOOD LUCK

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This Dang Plateau!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I'm not sure you can call it a plateau, but I'm not sure you can't.

In all, I've lost over 150 lbs and also gained like 200. Which should be equally impressive! Bring on the pasta and garlic bread! But what I'm getting at, is that I should be a weight loss GURU by this point. I should probably be on infomercials, touting the best ways to lose weight and maybe the best ways to gain weight. (This ice cream is sooooo good for gaining weight. You should put it on a corn dog if you want to gain 5 lbs RIGHT NOW! If you call now, you'll also receive THIS free donut!)

But here I am STUCK at 220. My body loves this weight. I can eat anything I want, and also eat better and exercise like a maniac for 4 straight weeks, and still I sit at this weight.

I've never actually had a plateau before, so I'm thinking this probably is one. Or my body is just having a revolution. I'm going to go low carb to see if I can jump start this, but it just seems ridiculous that I could be doing everything right (I THINK?) and the scale isn't moving.

NSV and all that, sure.

I almost feel like I should see how long I can keep the plateau! Maybe if I try to keep it I won't be able to, because irony.

  
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MIAMOJO 7/16/2014 8:46PM

    Very frustrating! I agree that reducing carbs could knock you off of this plateau. You have to do something to shake things up, and that might just do it! I'm not one to push any particular diet, because I've been on them all and we need to find what works for us. But I'm really happy with the one I'm following, more so than anything before. It's called the 17 Day Diet, which sounds cheesey, but actually it's a realistic, healthy diet that's low in carbs and high in nutrients and satisfaction. Not only is it tolerable, but I love it! My weight loss is slow but steady, and pain-free most of the time. No problems with hunger and no need to buy weird expensive ingredients.

Good luck, I hope you blast this plateau to bits and get to your goal!

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STEPH-KNEE 7/16/2014 12:36AM

    I had a lot of those... 250, 220, 212, 205... ridiculous huh? The good news is I haven't had one since... but 220 was a big one for me and it was a pain in the butt. I tried different things to shake it up, to be honest I don't know if they helped or it was just "time" for my body to let go of the weight... calorie cycling has helped me with plateaus in the past. Higher and lower calorie days is said to shake up the body, but no matter what you do, just don't give up! You will get there! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 7/15/2014 10:14PM

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GEORGE815 7/15/2014 7:58PM

    Keep at it!

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